The time has finally come. We’ve curated the entire 2016 Governors Ball food lineup, and we’re announcing it right here, right now.
All 53 food vendors have been hand-selected and Infatuation-approved. Mighty Quinn’s, by CHLOE, Cafe Habana, Seamore’s, Spaghetti Incident, Harry & Ida’s, Streetbird Rotisserie, Black Tap, Snowdays, Luke’s Lobster, and Burger Joint are just a few big names, but check out the full rundown below. You’re going to want to start planning your eating agenda now.
The Infatuation will be on site for the entire festival weekend with an awesome setup, so come hang with us. Our official hashtag is #GovBallEEEEEATS, and we’ll be reposting your best pics on @infatuation throughout the festival.
See you in June.
do it for the 'gram
Bluestone Lane might not be the first people to put avocado on toast and sell it to you for $12, but they’re definitely the best at it. Go ahead and add all of the toppings (feta, tomato, and proscuitto) - good for your Instagram, better for your belly. Need a jump-start for your dancing binge? Their (also very good-looking) coffee drinks will do you right.
If you didn’t post a picture of your Ramen Burger, did you go to Governors Ball? We don’t know, and we don’t want to find out.
We’re never going to knock ice cream. But as glorious as it is to eat, it can leave you feeling less than ready to go jump up and down for an hour at M83. Snowdays, however, might just be the ideal music festival food - it’s got all the happiness of ice cream, with a lighter, icier touch. Plus the kind of toppings that get instant likes.
Sushi. Burrito. Sushi Burrito. Sushirito. Whatever you call it, this is a giant roll of sushi that you can hold in your hand while simultaneously fist-pumping. And that’s as much of a win for your dance moves as it is for your Instagram.
Portable and Instagrammable childhood bliss: a waffle, wrapped up in a cone, stuffed with ice cream, topped with sprinkles and fudge and mysterious colorful stuff that needs no filter.
This milkshake needs no introduction. It’s more famous than the artists in small print on the lineup poster. If you’ve been putting off waiting in the line around the block at Black Tap, now you can wait in what’s probably going to be the longest line at Gov Ball. We’re also here to remind you that Black Tap makes a pretty killer burger, too. Read our full review.
classic nyc eats
Pure lobster goodness on a perfect buttered bun. Luke is here to prove once and for all that the East Coast is the best coast. Read our full review.
There are a lot of great NYC burgers, but this is the one we’d most like to eat at any given time. And we're pretty sure there isn’t a better time than Governors Ball. Read our full review.
One of the single best meals in NYC is a cuban sandwich and elote from Cafe Habana. And thanks to Gov Ball, you can have it while watching Robyn. Dreams do come true. Read our full review.
You don’t need us to tell you that it doesn’t get more classic NYC than an old-school hot dog. But you might need a reminder of how good life can be with a hot dog in hand/mouth and a concert right in front of you.
healthy food that doesn't suck
Went a little too hard on Days 1 & 2 and need to feel like you’re doing something not-terrible for yourself? Direct yourself to by CHLOE, where you can eat vegan food that doesn’t taste like vegan food. In fact, it’s damn delicious. Read our full review.
“OK, I’m going to be soooooo healthy today” you say as you enter Randall’s Island Park on Day 2. Good luck with that, but you can at least start your day off on a high note with Juice Press. Drink your juice, check your fruit/veggie requirement off for the day.
Sometimes we all like being told what to do, and Try Vegan makes things easy on us. Also, we should probably change our name to “Read The Infatuation.”
Fresh, tasty fish either raw in poke or grilled in tacos. It might be the hardest decision you’ll have to make at Gov Ball, so let us decide for you: one of each. Read our full review.
“Wanting something healthy” does not mean wanting something that wouldn’t even satisfy a small child. And Hippie Dips understands that. They’ve got everything from smoothies to fruit-filled waffle cones (ok...so that might not be the healthiest option) to fresh salads to veggie sandwiches. Bottom line: you’re not going hungry at Hippie Dips.
awesome stuff between bread
You just saw Jamie XX and were dancing for a straight hour and a half. You need something filling and tasty and exciting enough that it won’t be a letdown after screaming “OH MY GOSH” with a crowd of thousands. You need a fried chicken sandwich. Get it at Jeepney. Read the full review.
It’s 4pm and you haven’t eaten anything since ice cream for breakfast seemed like an awesome idea a few hours ago. You need a giant sandwich to the face, immediately. How does roasted pork with provolone and broccoli rabe, with a side of mac and cheese sound? Yeah, that’s what we thought.
Sometimes, something simple is best. Grilled cheese is always an excellent choice. But because it’s Gov Ball, this isn’t just any grilled cheese. It’s Mario Batali’s grilled cheese.
It’s 2016, which means you won’t just find any old gourmet burger at Gov Ball - you’ll find a farm-to-table gourmet burger. Whether your preferences swing traditional red meat, veggie, or chicken sandwich, this thing will leave you satisfied and ready to get down no matter what set you’re headed to next.
If you don’t spend time in Philly, there’s a good chance you’ve never had a proper Philly Cheesesteak. But Phil’s Steak is here to change that. No time like Gov Ball to experience what happens when you combine steak and a roll and cheese whiz. (Spoiler alert: really good things.)
Everyone in your crew’s phone is dead, and you know that if you separate you’ll never see them ever again. Which means you need an eating solution that will satisfy everyone. Head to Burger Warrior, where you can get three equally excellent options - veggie burgers, black angus burgers, and chicken schnitzel sandwiches - plus Belgian fries for all.
The time has finally come: Kanye’s about to start. You know you’re going to be in a blackout state of worship for the next two hours, and you need all the fuel you can get. Where do you turn? Barbecue. Really good barbecue. Read our full review.
don't be thirsty
You know what goes really well with flower crowns? Coconuts. That you drink out of. An accessory and a beverage all in one.
You didn’t exactly have a quiet night at home with Netflix last night. Recharge with the best drug that won’t be confiscated - cold brew iced coffee. Wandering Bear is here to lighten the pain of your hangovers and get you back on your dancing feet asap.
If you pray to the temple of Matcha, you won’t have to go far to get your fix at Gov Ball. Matchabar is bringing six varieties of iced, alternative-energy goodness to the festival. If you’ve never tried it before, an iced peach matcha while watching Purity Ring is a pretty good place to start.
in-between set snacks
Never eaten pasta at a music festival? Your moment has arrived, and Spaghetti Incident is how you do it right. One forkful of spaghetti ragu out of a cone and you’ll be asking yourself why bowls even exist.
Fact: a slice is always the right answer. JUST LOOK AT THAT CHEESE.
If you find yourself hungry at Governors Ball, you’re doing it wrong. There are over 50 reasons why you shouldn’t ever feel a grumble in your stomach. Tacombi is the perfect in-between taco snack for when you just ate a burger an hour ago and are finally ready to continue your eating marathon. Read the full review.
You’ve come to a crossroads. You’ve only got a few minutes to get from stage to stage, you’re suddenly starving, and you don’t know what your next move is. You could take the road less traveled - or you could go with something you know will be good. Like french fries. Pick up a basket of these and gain all the clarity you need.
Fried balls of anything are always a good idea. And at Arancini Bros, you get to choose your ideal mix-and-match of either three or six risotto balls. Your options include everything from pesto to meat sauce to Nutella. Ready, set, go.
We crowned Dan & John’s the undisputed NYC King of Wings for a reason. These are classic buffalo wings, and you can’t get any better in the entire city - don’t sleep on their tots or fries either. Read our full review.
Mac and cheese is a severely under-appreciated group snack. Especially at a music festival, when you’re traveling in a pack and need to keep everyone’s blood sugar on a constant high. Get a couple bowls of Beecher’s, get a lot of forks, and dig in.
What’s more on-the-go-able than a taco? A taquito. What’s better than a tortilla? A fried tortilla. Those are the only two reasons you need to get yourself some Taquitoria.
If you haven’t experienced the glory of eating a corndog and/or funnel cake at a musical festival, you haven’t really lived. Know how to make that Haim set even more amazing? A hot dog wrapped in fried, tasty breading. That’s how.
A Korean-Mexican mashup by way of crazy taco combinations. Aka the perfect between-set bite. Now all you have to do is decide between the porkinator and the ribeye of the tiger.
You only have a few minutes to get from one set to another, and you have a lot of snacking needs. No problem, Four Boys has you covered on all fronts: salty (hot pretzel), sweet (Italian ice), fried (oreos), and refreshing (fresh lemonade). This is what you might call a one-stop shop.
Growing up, you were either a cheeseburger kid or a nugget kid. If you fall into the latter camp, indulge your childhood dreams at The Nugget Spot.
You’ve lost all your friends and your phone is dead and your sunburn is really bad and everything is awful right now. You need a cookie. Pull yourself together and get in line at Momofuku Milk Bar. No problem is too big that it can’t be fixed by a compost cookie or crack pie. Read our full review.
Any place that can make vegan ice cream taste just as good as non-vegan ice cream is magic. And Van Leeuwen is exactly that. Whether you swing traditional or vegan in your ice cream persuasion, you won’t be disappointed. Do yourself a favor and go for the sundae.
It’s so hot you can’t even think straight: you can’t decide whose set to go to next, you can’t figure out how to get your phone charged, and you definitely can’t figure out what to eat. First things first - get yourself a cooldown. One popsicle later and you’ll be back to your old festival self.
When Snapchat tells you it’s 90 degrees outside and you have some time to kill before your next show, Davey’s is where you go. This place is all about classic flavors, so get yourself a scoop of chocolate or strawberry or vanilla - and yes, you need to add sprinkles.
Is there a more genius combination than ice cream and sandwiches? We think not. Especially with offerings like buttermilk, biscuit & strawberry (yes, that’s just one flavor) and coconut negroni. Just be warned: having to choose your cookie and ice cream flavors may cause momentary panic.
News flash: “dinges” is not an exotic Belgian delicacy. It’s actually just the technical term for “thingamabob.” So when a craving for delicious waffles with delicious thingamabobs hits while at Gov Ball, now you know where to go.
real-deal meals for pre/post dance party
Don’t let its name fool you. You’re coming to Taqueria Diana for one thing and one thing only: a burrito. But not just any burrito - the almighty San Francisco-style burrito. Worship it, and let it fill your stomach with goodness. Read our full review.
When the urge for sweet & sour chicken hits, there’s not much you can do. Except find sweet & sour chicken immediately. Flaming Wok is here for all your Chinese food needs while at Gov Ball.
This is pastrami like you’ve never seen (or tasted) it before. As in, pastrami nachos. We’d explain it to you, or you could just look at it. And yes, it does taste as good as it looks. More of a traditionalist? The pastrami sandwich is your move - it might just be the best one in the city.
Nothing against the traditional ketchup-mustard-relish setup, but if you’re into crazy flavor combinations, Asia Dog’s blows that old-school approach out of the water. Go chicken, go beef, or go veggie. Better yet, do two out of three.
Here’s how you take Mac and Cheese from awesome snack to awesome meal: meats. Buffalo chicken, pulled pork, bacon, and yes even cheeseburger. That’s how.
You know those little neighborhood Italian places best used for ordering a ridiculous amount of food from to eat during your Netflix binge? Yeah, well at Gov Ball you can eat that kind of food while you watch The Strokes. Calamari, meatballs, carbonara, and “Reptilia.” Otherwise known as the best moment of your year.
It’s Day 3, and you’ve been on a roll. You’ve already hit pizza, spaghetti, chicken sandwiches, pastrami, and wings. But you’re not leaving this festival without trying everything - and you haven’t gotten to any Middle Eastern eats. Your next stop is Southernmost Falafel. Hummus and falafel and gyros for days.
Great news, Gov Ball goers: if you haven’t gotten yourself up to Harlem to try Streetbird Rotisserie’s unbelievable chicken, you can get it at the festival. Doesn’t matter if you go with the platter, or the sandwich, or the noodles - if it has this chicken on it, it’s going to be awesome. Read our full review.
A little spicy, a little sweet - aka the ideal Thai/Vietnamese-inspired meal to get you ready for a night of dancing and drinking and however else you spend your nights at Gov Ball.
There are times when you need a slice. And then there are times when you need a whole pie to yourself. For all of those times, Valducci’s will be waiting for you.