Here’s What to Eat and Instagram at This Year’s Panorama

The East Coast's answer to Coachella provides Insta-bait, in the form of dragonfruit smoothie bowls and pizza pockets

Chef's Club Counter served up glass noodles and hummus topped with micro greens.
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Trapizzino, one of Rome's most popular street foods, is a pizza pocket sandwich.
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The risotto balls from Trapizzino.
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A vegan Acai bowl from Loco Coco.
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Loco Coco is also serving charcoal juice and lemonade.
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A 2nd City poke bowl is Insta-bait.
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The crowds at this year's fest.
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Panorama, the East Coast’s answer to Coachella, provided seriously Instagram-worthy food vendors during its first year as a fest; unsurprisingly, the 2017 food lineup followed up accordingly, adding even more choices. Of course, there were the repeat offenders spotted at every single New York festival, including Roberta’s Pizza, but there were brand new restaurants bringing plenty of colorful Instagram opportunities.

At the second annual Panorama, the must-photogram foods are far more inventive than pizza slices. Surprisingly, there’s not much overlap with the Governors Ball food lineup, which means no fish shaped ice cream cones (don’t worry, Eggloo provides literal waffle cones, instead).

One standout this year is Chef’s Club Counter. The Nolita-based restaurant is a new concept from Alvin Cailan, the chef and owner behind LA’s ridiculously popular Eggslut. The former food truck now serves up inventive recipes, including noodle bowls stuffed with hummus (don’t worry, it’s far from spaghetti and Sabra), all well worth ordering between sets.

For dessert, there’s Oddfellows Ice Cream (expect a serious line), Sam’s Fried Ice Cream and Ice and Vice, selling ice cream sandwiches for peak social media posts. Another newcomer is Loco Coco, an uptown vegan restaurant serving sustainable dragonfruit bowls and super fruit smoothies in coconut bowls. (Not to be confused with Coco Loko, the new snort-able chocolate). Consider stopping by for a charcoal smoothie, as for some people it’s far more convenient than venturing to the Upper East Side for pitaya.

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