New York

The Ultimate Guide to Eating and Drinking at Governors Ball

It's about more than just the music.

Sweet Chick
Sweet Chick
Sweet Chick

If you’re headed to Governors Ball this weekend, you probably have plans to secure a spot to see Billie Eilish on Friday and sneak your way up front for Post Malone on Sunday. But what about your plan for when those mid-day cravings kick in or you need a drink refill?

Beyond an epic lineup of musicians, the three-day festival at Citi Field also brings together more than 45 food vendors, from NYC’s famed spots to transplants from cities up and down the east coast. The festival also has plenty to drink, with options including BABE wine, Juneshine Hard Kombucha, cocktails like a classic Patron margarita, and even a signature 10th anniversary Gov Ball brew by Blue Point Brewery.

Plus, for the festival’s 10th year, Grubhub is offering a way to skip the lines by visiting a Grubhub Refueling Station. There, you can pre-order from select food vendors and pick up your order from convenient lockers inside the station.

It’s a festival of food too, so check out our list of some of the best vendors available at Gov Ball over the weekend, and don’t miss out.

Arancini Bros

Available for pre-order at GrubHub Refueling Station
Founded by Dave Campaniello and his cousin Giulia Della Gatta, Arancini Bros offers Sicilian-style fried risotto balls in a wide variety of flavors. Options range from a classic bianco verde ball stuffed with pesto and mozzarella to arancini filled with buffalo chicken or sweet Nutella.

Big Mozz
Big Mozz
Big Mozz

Big Mozz

You may recognize these mozzarella sticks from your Instagram feed. This food truck and pop-up by founder Matt Gallira has been a staple at Smogasburg, Chelsea Market, and more venues around the city since it launched in 2015, and now, you can get an order of classic sticks with a side of marinara sauce from Big Mozz at Gov Ball.

Destination Dumplings

This isn’t just an average dumpling spot. Destination Dumplings‘ co-owners Tristan Chin-Fatt and Deon Whiskey set out to create dumplings that celebrate the cultural diversity of NYC, so expect options like peking duck with hoisin, cucumber, and scallion oil; jerk chicken with pineapple sauce; and more.

Doughnuttery
Doughnuttery
Doughnuttery

Doughnuttery

Known for its mini doughnuts in a variety of fun flavors, Doughnuttery offers the perfect sharable sweet treat. Flavors include classics like powdered sugar and Doughnuttery’s signatures like fruity cereal, salted caramel, and PB&J. Plus, the shop always mixes in a few seasonal options.

Dyckman Dogs

Dyckman Dogs is coming from Inwood to Citi Field to serve up hot dogs with creative toppings. This famed hot dog joint’s namesake dish comes topped with buttery corn, bacon, scallions, and Venezuelan shredded cheese, and other options are inspired by different destinations, so try the Venezuelan dog with cabbage, tomato, white onion, Venezuelan cheese, potato sticks, and house mayo or a Texas dog with homemade chili, melted cheese, fried onions, and scallions.

Gotham Burger Social Club
Gotham Burger Social Club
Gotham Burger Social Club

Gotham Burger Social Club

VIP only
What started as a yearlong food tour where Mike Puma and his friends tasted the country’s best burger has transformed into a smash burger pop-up that draws insane lines anytime it sets up shop across the city. Gotham Burger Social Club‘s menu is simple: Just choose between a regular burger made with New York Vallery Wagyu or a Beyond burger, and you’ll get a smash burger on a potato bun topped with any condiments you’d like and pickles from the LES’s The Pickle Guys.

John’s Juice

With the motto “all juice, no cups,” John’s Juice offers fresh fruit drinks served in watermelons, pineapples, and more. At Gov Ball, the shop will offer five options including pineapple juice served in a hollowed-out pineapple and a special drink dubbed The Governor, and customers can choose two free mix-ins like agave, wheatgrass, matcha, and other fruit.

King of Pops
King of Pops
King of Pops

King of Pops

This Atlanta-born ice pop peddler is making its way north for Gov Ball. King of Pops makes refreshing ice pops in flavors like blackberry ginger lemonade, banana puddin’, and chocolate sea salt, and all of the pops are made from fresh Georgia fruit and dairy. Look out for the shop’s vintage pushcart with a signature rainbow umbrella.

La Newyorkina

Since 2010, Fany Gerson has been on a mission to share the “sweetness of Mexico” through paletas available at one permanent location in the city and several seasonal locations and pop-ups around town. From hibiscus paletas to chamoyada, which is a mixture of shaved ice, sorbet, and slushy that transforms mango, chamoy sauce, and salted chili into a new-aged Mexican ice cream sundae, complete with a tamarind straw, La Newyorkina has something for everyone.

Photo courtesy of The Pizza Cupcake
Photo courtesy of The Pizza Cupcake
Photo courtesy of The Pizza Cupcake

The Pizza Cupcake

VIP only
Husband-and-wife partners Andrea Meggiato and Michelle Jimenez-Meggiato are putting a spin on classic pizza by baking it in tiny, cupcake-sized bites. The Pizza Cupcake‘s signature dish comes in sets of four Margherita or pepperoni bites, and each “cupcake” is made with fresh mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, and a brioche and sourdough hybrid dough.

Roberta’s Pizza

Available at GrubHub Refueling Station
Bushwick’s popular Neapolitan pizza joint will be slinging pies from its wood-fired oven at Gov Ball. Expect classics like Margherita and white pies, plus Roberta’s signatures like the Bee Sting, which comes topped with soppressata, chili flakes, and honey.

Souvlaki GR
Souvlaki GR
Souvlaki GR

Souvlaki GR

This family-owned restaurant has three locations around the city and a food truck offering up a “little taste of Mykonos in the heart of NYC.” At Souvlaki GR, options include pitas in two sizes stuffed with chicken, pork, or veggies, and Greek fries topped with feta and oregano.

Sweet Chick
Sweet Chick
Sweet Chick

Sweet Chick

VIP only
This go-to brunch spot started serving comfort food staples in a humble Williamsburg locale. Now with five locations around NYC and in Los Angeles, Sweet Chick‘s fried chicken and waffles (in full and mini sizes), shrimp ‘n grits, and chicken sandwiches have garnered a devoted following from coast to coast.

Taqueria Diana

Available at GrubHub Refueling Station
If you’re looking for a killer burrito, nachos, or tacos, look no further than Taqueria Diana. The NYC favorite has three locations around the city serving up California-inspired Mexican fare, so expect Mission-style burritos and nachos piled high with cheese, beans, salsa, and your choice of meat.

Twist and Smash'd
Twist and Smash’d
Twist and Smash’d

Twist and Smash’d

If handheld, easy-to-eat foods are king at music festivals, Twist and Smash’d offers the whole kingdom. The Astoria-based spot’s signature dish is a regular or Japanese sweet potato that is spiral cut, fried, and served on a stick for easy eating as you travel between stages.

Van Leeuwen

One of NYC’s best ice cream shops will be offering scoops for festival-goers. Van Leeuwen is known for simple yet refined flavors like cookies & cream, Sicilian pistachio, earl grey tea, honeycomb, and mint chip.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Liz Provencher is an associate editor at Thrillist. You can follow her on Twitter and see what she eats on Instagram.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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