We checked out the Taiwanese Night Market on Friday night, the first of what TAP-NYC hopes to be an annual event. They dimmed the lights and pumped up the music inside the old firehouse space on Lafayette as vendors fried up chicken (called "Taicken"), shaved ice, and dressed up pork buns with wasabi mayo.
As much carnival as it was food festival, there were plenty of games and activities amidst the nibbles: a goldfish toss in an inflatable kiddie pool, sausage pinball (play to win a sausage!), and apparently a bellydancing performance, which we sadly missed. The event aimed to bring New York's Taiwanese community together for night of fun.
Among the participating vendors were Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Iris Tea and Bakery, A-Pou Dumplings, I 8 NYC, Filled with Sweets, Vendy Dessert Award winner Wooly's Ice, HK Street Cart, Macaron Parlour, Fun Buns NYC, Taiwan Beer, and others.