Fourth Arts Block (FAB), the leading development group of the East Village  concerned with arts and creative ecology threw a fabulous fundraising food fest, East Village Eats, a tasting tour of a baker’s dozen of the hottest eateries in the Village.

The most delicious part of this initiative was how it supports the necessary arts and culture organization. Street art supported by the organization was on full display and accessible to tour in between delectable bites.

Among the best of the afternoon’s eatable treats were the succulent mini pork buns at Oaxaca Taqueria, a humble establishment serving up delicious Mexican fusion tacos. Their menu extends beyond their festival offering and features various reasonably priced and tasty choices, ideal for a small meal perhaps on your way to Webster Hall or a late night on the Bowery.

Luke’s Lobster was also a standout with their bite size shrimp rolls, a simple dish with the subtle burst of flavor all the more seductive in fresh seafood.

But the establishment that takes our top prize is Hecho en Dumbo for their dish, tortita de carnitas, and its presentation. The brioche sliders of Berkshire pork belly with brown bean puree was accented by the pickled red onion, marinated in vinegar, and a tomatillo-avocado salsa as fresh as if it were picked from the garden of Eden right before the fall of man. It was displayed in a heated tray and assembled individually upon order by a chef on hand fluent in both its flavors and efficient serving style.

If you’re just passing through east village check out this organization’s art, and a few of these generous eateries.

Top Five Countdown:

5. Jum Mum’s street style noodles: steamed rice noodles with chopped pork belly, smoked tofu, garlic, dried shrimp, scallions and cilantro with a side of chili gravy sauce

4. Oaxaca Taqueria’s mini pork buns and chicken tacos

3. Veselka Bowery’s short rib pierogi

2. Luke’s Lobster’s bite size shrimp rolls: Main shrimp on a toasted bun with a dab of mayo, lemon butter, and secret spice

1. Hecho en Dumbo’s tortita de Carnitas: brioche sliders of Berkshire pork belly with brown bean puree, pickled red onion and a tomatillo-avocado salsa.

– Darrel