Downtown Treat

Egg rolls, egg creams, and empanadas are the stars of an NYC festival.

Downtown Manhattan, particularly where the Lower East Side collides with Chinatown, has long been a bastion of cultural diversity. Consider its rich immigrant history with the likes of Italians, Irish, Jews, and Germans settling in here at the turn of the 20th century, and later an influx of Asians and Latinos. These communities have shaped the complex identity of the neighborhood, and one of the most thrilling ways to learn about their rituals is by partaking in distinct culinary traditions. Enter the Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival, held June 18 at the Museum of Eldridge Street, a revamped circa-1887 synagogue. Beyond feasting on that trio of gastro specialties, take in the sounds of Chinese opera, klezmer, and Puerto Rican bomba music in between learning how to braid challah bread and make dumplings. Cap off the afternoon with a Mahjong session, the perplexing tile game beloved by many local denizens.


Courtesy of Museum of Eldridge Street

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