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'Taste of the Village' Food and Wine Benefit Coming to Washington Sq. Park

By Andrea Swalec | September 12, 2012 9:37am

MANHATTAN — Village foodies will get the chance to dine al fresco on some of the neighborhood's best eats Wednesday night in Washington Square Park, with more than 30 restaurants participating in an annual benefit to support cleanup of the park. 

The 10th annual "Taste of the Village" food and wine tasting will be the biggest yet, said William Kelley, executive director of the Village Alliance business improvement district, which hosts the event. 

“From the beautiful vistas of the Washington Square arch and fountain, to our newly expanded seating area and jazz performers, we promise a fun and flavorful evening under the stars," he said in a statement. 

New to the event this year are chef Seamus Mullen's Sixth Avenue restaurant Tertulia, the contemporary Thai restaurant Kin Shop, the lavish Russian restaurant Onegin and the "gourmet chicken finger restaurant" Sticky's Finger Joint, according to the Village Alliance. 

Favorites from last year set to return include Mario Batali's Fifth Avenue restaurant Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, 8th Street Winecellar, North Square and BLT Burger. 

Taste of the Village has raised more than $400,000 for supplemental sanitation and gardening services in Washington Square Park since its inception, Kelley said. 

Tickets to the event, which runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., cost $50 each and are available at VillageAlliance.org. Tickets are also available in person at the Village Alliance office, 8 E. 8th St., between University Place and Fifth Avenue.