Between Governors Ball, Global Citizens and Afropunk, New York City is being overtaken by music festivals this summer. (Not that we're complaining, but older neighbors might be.) And if the past few occurrences have taught us anything, it's that these adrenaline-pumping events are about a lot more than just music — they're about social media, fashion and, you guessed it, about food. (Check out all the music festivals with great food across the country here.)
Panorama — the Randall's Island festival starting Friday and featuring everyone from Arcade Fire to Kendrick Lamar — is fast approaching. So, we've done what we do best and compiled a list of all the tasty treats you can't miss at the three-day event.
Animal-Style Burger from Beatrice Inn
The West Village hot spot is offering an "animal style" burger (inspired by Cali's In 'n' Out) with grass-fed beef, American cheese, heirloom tomatoes and, the best part, smoked Thousand Island dressing (pictured above).
Sushi from Sushi Azabu
Looking for something filling that won't wreak havoc on midriff-baring festival style? Opt for a veggie, salmon, eel or avocado roll from this Japanese Tribeca eatery.
Ice cream from Oddfellows
The worst part about festivals? Not the sheer number of selfie sticks, but how incredibly hot it gets in the crowds. Cool off with a single or double scoop from New York's trendiest ice cream shop (pictured above).
Summer Quinoa Bowl from Inday
Indian spices prevail in a healthy choice from the Flatiron fast-casual with heirloom tomatoes, coconut quinoa, melon, fennel and a preserved lemon vinaigrette (shown above). Non-vegetarian bowls are also available.
Iced Matcha Latte from Maman
Everyone has their own ways of getting, er, pumped up for concerts, but we prefer good old-fashioned caffeine. Find this eatery, which has two locations in the city, at the festival for their iced matcha latte, served with almond milk and in a pineapple (shown above). They're also serving avocado toast, a refreshing watermelon salad and ice cream sandwiches.
Pork Cubano from Bunk Sandwiches
With pork from both the shoulder and belly, this take on the classic Cuban sandwich is pressed with Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard (shown at top). The Williamsburg sandwich outpost also has several other options on offer, including an upgraded grilled cheese and New Orleans-style muffuletta with cured meats and olive tapenade.
Crack Pie from Momofuku Milk Bar
It's tempting to order the cereal milk jug or one of three cookie flavors from Christina Tosi's quirky dessert chainlet, but die-hards can also treat themselves to the famed crack pie (a rich, sweet and salty treat with oat cookie crust, shown above).
Fried Soft Shell Crab from CONTRA + WILDAIR
In addition to a peach and burrata salad, this team of restaurants from the Lower East Side 30 Under 30 duo will feature an outwardly crispy, inwardly succulent soft shell crab (shown below) with a mayo-based dipping sauce.
Chili Pie from Nix
It might sound heavy on a summer day, but this vegan take on the low-brow classic from the Greenwich Village hotspot tops pita chips with chili, grated cheddar, sour cream and scallions won't weigh you down.
The OG from Eggloo
The OG, otherwise known as the original waffle from this Chinatown Hong Kong egg waffle specialist, is served with vanilla ice cream, fruity pebbles, chocolate Pocky and a drizzle of condensed milk, promising a post-consumption sugar high.