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Release Date: May 31, 2012

New Yorkers and Visitors Will Enjoy 19th Annual Outdoor Food and Music Festival at the Crossroads of the World

New York, NY --- The Times Square Alliance announces the return of Taste of Times Square – an outdoor food and music festival – featuring international flavors from the district’s top restaurants and the city’s best street performers at the Crossroads of the World.  More than fifty of Times Square’s most popular culinary destinations will set up tables on the street to offer “tastes” ranging from $2-$6 on Monday, June 11 from 5:00 - 9:00pm. The event will be on 46th Street between Broadway and 9th Avenue, including historic Restaurant Row, and on the Broadway Plazas from 45th – 47th Streets in Times Square. 

“We invite all New Yorkers and visitors to bring their appetite and celebrate summer with us at the Taste of Times Square,” said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance.  “The district’s delicious international cuisine paired with sweet sounds from around the globe showcase the diversity of the Crossroads of the World.” 

Newcomers to the event this year include:  Ca Va Brasserie, E&E Grill House, Little Town NYC, Mr. Robata, NIOS Restaurant, Nuchas, Rickshaw Dumplings, Salume and Snackbox.

Participating restaurants include: Barbetta Restaurant, Becco, B Smith’s, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Blue Fin, Bourbon Street Bar & Grille, Brasserie 1605, Carmine’s, Crossroads American Kitchen & Bar, Da Rosina, Dervish Mediterranean Restaurant, Firebird Russian Restaurant, Gallagher’s Steak House, Ginger’s Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe, Havana Central Restaurant & Bar, Hourglass Tavern, Joe Allen Restaurant, John’s Pizzeria, Junior’s Restaurant, Le Rivage, Library Bar @ the Paramount Hotel, Meson Sevilla, O’Lunney’s Times Square Pub, Orso, Palm West Restaurant, R Lounge at Two Times Square, Ruby Foo’s, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Sangria 46, Stadium Grill at Bowlmor lanes (food by David Burke), Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen, Shula’s American Steakhouse (Westin New York), Sofia’s Restaurant, The House of Brews, The View Restaurant & Lounge, Toloache, Virgil's Real Barbecue, and more.

Highlighted street musicians provided by the Hard Rock Cafe Times Square include: Mariachi Real De Mexico, Moses Josiah playing his musical saw, Paul Mueller with a hammered dulcimer, Baby Soda Jazz Band, Alais Lucette on the harp, classical guitarist Don Witter, Jr., and the Ebony Hillbillies performing bluegrass.

Other entertainment locations include: the Drum Café, an interactive African drumming circle where attendees are part of the show, the smartwater® Swing Tent featuring George Gee and the Jump Jive n’ Wailers Swing Orchestra plus free dance lessons from Dance Manhattan Studios made possible by Swing 46, and the Coca-Cola Happiness Café on Duffy Square featuring performances by the Jazz Collective.

The food and music festival has no admission fee.  Each “taste” ticket is $1 with most dishes ranging from $2-$6.  Tickets will be available for purchase in advance at the Times Square Museum and Visitor Center on 7th Ave. between 46th and 47th Streets and on the day of event.  For more information, visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org.

New this year, the Times Square Alliance will offer an Instagram photo contest to bring even more delicious deals to the Crossroads of the World. Visit a Taste of Times Square participating restaurant up to a month after the event to snap a photo of your favorite dish/signage/storefront, describe it, and then tag it #TasteTSq, for the chance to win a $150 gift card to the Taste of Times Square participating restaurant of your choice.  Visit www.TimesSquareNYC.org for the list of restaurants and official contest rules.

Follow @TimesSquareNYC on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TimesSquareNYC  using hashtag  #TasteTSq for this event, or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TimesSquareNYC.  

Sponsors for Taste of Times Square include: Coca-Cola, Glaceau smartwater® & vitaminwater®, MapQuest, and MVP/NY publishers of In New York and Where Magazines.

About Times Square Alliance
The Times Square Alliance works to improve and promote Times Square - cultivating the creativity, energy and edge that have made the area an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life for over a century. Founded in 1992, the Alliance keeps the neighborhood clean and safe, promotes local businesses, manages area improvements and produces major annual events including New Year’s Eve, Solstice in Times Square and Taste of Times Square. As the custodians of Times Square, the Alliance works every day to improve the quality of life for the neighborhood residents and businesses while driving economic growth in New York City. www.TimesSquareNYC.org

CONTACT:     Jocelyn Aframe | (212) 843-8285 | jaframe@rubenstein.com