The High Line
15th St. at Tenth Ave.; April 19.
Exciting news for cue-loving perambulators: BrisketTowns Dan Delaney plants his flag in Manhattan with a seasonal cart called the SmokeLine (referring to the pink ring inside a slab of smoked meat), where hell shift emphasis from brisket to beef, pork, and lamb ribs. (Ribs are like the hot dogs of barbecue, he says, the perfect design for on-the-go eating.) In addition, look for specials like a pulled-pork sandwich with chicharrones, freshly mixed sodas, and a newly expanded pie program abetted by Littleneck baker Rachell Roth. Also debuting: Alphabet Citys Sigmunds Pretzels. Returning: Terroir, La Newyorkina, and Peoples Pops, among others.
Hester Street Fair
Hester St. at Essex St.; April 27.
Unique new stands include Khao Man Gai NY, selling Thai street food, and one from the folks behind the vegan Ethiopian pop-up Bunna Café. Hester Nights kicks off at the Eventi Hotel May 2 (851 Sixth Ave., at 30th St.).
Red Hook Food Vendors
Bay St. nr. Clinton St., Red Hook; late April (tentative).
Grab authentic bites from Vendy Award winners like Piaztlan while you can; its the last year before the vendors associations contract is up with the city (director Cesar Fuentes hopes to renew).
95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Beach; May 1.
The return of the fish taco marks the unofficial start of summer on the peninsula; the hipster-food concessions will likely open in June, housed on small platforms until the boardwalk is rebuilt.
Prospect Park; May 17-19.
Eighty-five food vendors, including festival newcomers like Gwynnett St., Jeepney, and Pok Pok Phat Thai, plus favorites like M. Wells and South Brooklyn Pizza from last year.
*This article originally appeared in the April 8, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.