Review: Governors Ball 2019 Music Festival, Randalls Island, New York City

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Another favorite was Taiyaki’s unicorn ice cream float – we got the mango flavor – served with an inflatable unicorn drink holder. One simply cannot have enough unicorns during Pride Month it seems.

Many Americans were introduced to Belgian waffles at the 1964 New York World’s Fair at Flushing Meadow Park. Wafels & Dinges – the company whose ubiquitous yellow food trucks offer authentic Liège waffles around New York City – came about as the result of a mythical mandate from King Albert II, who ordered the Belgian Ministry of Culinary Affairs to dispatch a mission bring authentic waffles to the United States. One waffles is a meal unto itself, and we prefer ours with a drizzle of chocolate sauce although the nut- and whipped cream-topped waffles were heerlijk, as the Belgians are wont to say.

For something a bit more substantial, the tacos and nachos from Long Island City-based Gordo’s Cantina fit the bill. The Elote Callejero, grilled corn with homemade crema chili and lime, is one of the restaurant’s signature dishes and would make for a satisfying meal on its own, if the diner weren’t tempted to order Abuela’s guacamole and freshly made chips or perhaps a few tacos.

Arancini Bros.' rice balls

Arancini Bros.’ rice balls

On the other side of the field, Arancini Bros., which recently opened an outpost in the new Essex Street Market, was offering its rice balls, or arancini. Italian for “little oranges,” arancini are a street food that date back to the tenth century. The delectable spheres of risotto are stuffed with a variety of fillings and Arancini Bros. had something for everything, from sweet, to savory, to vegan.

Four beverage companies caught our eye during the ball. To keep us going, we turned to Champion Coffee for its nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee. Just a splash of simple syrup is all that’s required to bring out a wonderful rich taste that would make Juan Valdez blush.

Jameson offered an refreshing Irish Coffee to attendees as well as a Caskmates IPA Shandy, a combination of soda water, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice, which brought out the smooth taste of the Jameson whiskey. The Cork, Ireland-based distiller also had a graffiti artist-in-residence present, who painted a Jameson barrel with New York street scenes throughout the day.

Doughnug Slider from Doughnuttery and the Nugget Spot

Doughnug Slider from Doughnuttery and the Nugget Spot

New York City’s Broken Shaker rooftop bar, known for an eclectic mix of hand-crafted cocktails, was pouring Bacardi rum-based drinks in the Freeloader’s Lounge, one of the event’s several 21-and-over outdoor lounges.

Finally, Campo Viejo, a Spanish winemaker that is part of Pernod Ricard, proved its New York City street cred by having an authentic New York Checker Cab – those boxy sedans from Kalamazoo, Michigan, that continue to epitomize the city’s taxi experience even though the last one turned off its meter on the city’s streets in 1999 – filled with flowers for the perfect Instagram moment.

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