For Four Days in May, Randall’s Island Becomes NYC’s Food Mecca

Frieze New York 2012. Photograph by Graham Carlow. Courtesy of Graham Carlow/ Frieze.

Frieze New York 2012. Photograph by Graham Carlow. Courtesy of Graham Carlow/ Frieze.

This Spring, the rich and well-heeled descend on one of the Big Apple’s most decidedly unglamorous places—Randall’s Island—for the second Frieze New York art fair. Traversing the massive tent and lingering over presentations by over 180 galleries requires fuel. What’s an oligarch’s girl friend to do when Nello is a significant car ride away? Book a table at a pop-up version of Frankies Sputino, of course.*

The expanded culinary offerings at Frieze 2013 are anchored by a full-service satellite of the Greenwich Village Italian (big ticket spending requires proper celebration). Sister restaurant Prime Meats is set to join Brooklyn nu-stalwart Roberta’s in the picnic area. Last year, the wait for a Bee Sting was akin to fighting for a Shack burger at Citi Field. One can only hope the option of handmade burgers and sausages alleviates art fan hunger pains in 2013. The white hot Mission Chinese also joins the fray, promising its famed Kung Pao Pastrami. Only a Rirkrit Tiravanija pad thai station can best that.

The full list of Frieze New York Restaurant Partners is as follows:

  • Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Court Street Grocers
  • Frankies Spuntino
  • Marlow & Sons
  • Mission Chinese Food
  • Roberta’s
  • Sant Ambroeus

Frieze New York 2013 opens to the public on May 10 through the 13th. Eat the food, stare at the art. Or—even better—vice-versa.

[*Or laugh in the face of plebeian fair attendees and waltz into the VIP only Marlow and Sons restaurant.]

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