I have my tickets, and I'm ready to eat. The Village Voice Choice Eats event is the annual foodie event that I most anticipate. I hope to see you there. The sixth version of Choice Eats is set for Tuesday, March 19 at the 69th Armory at 68 Lexington Avenue (26th Street) from 6:30-9:30pm. I'm thrilled about the which has an amazing 86 restaurants from New York City, all hand-selected by Village Voice’s food critics Robert Sietsema and Tejal Rao. Two of my favorites are in the group this year: the new Qi Thai Grill from Pichet Ong and Sripraphai (Williamsburg) and Txikito, Alex Raj’s Basque-Mediterranean tapas restaurant (Chelsea). As those of you who have attended in the past know, the evening isn’t only about food. There’s also a great selection of craft beers, wines, and other alcoholic libations to sample. 21 and older.. www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats.
If you are among the lucky ones to get a ticket, here are some strategies for making your evening a successful one:
· Plan to get there early as the line snakes around the block with hungry hopefuls. Scout out the stands (or map) before you “attack.” There will be lines for all of them, so it’s good to have a plan so you don’t miss out on your favorites. Go with a friend -- you can "divide and conquer" two lines at once this way. And, be sure to alternate food and drink. I don't need to tell you why.