May we recommend beginning the night with this romantic table in the middle of the street? You'll have excellent sight lines of the trolleys and the band.
Mi Cocina offered quesadillas gratis, though they remained just out of reach for this furball. Waiting in line for a handout made a great opportunity to stand around gawking right back at the patio diners.
Lazare's mini bison burger, all yours for a low, low $1 donation to the North Texas Food Bank.
At Cru, meanwhile, chef Paul Singhapong kept trays of meatballs coming out of the kitchen, and drizzling sauce over them himself before handing each one over. The Mi Cocina-Lazare-Taco Diner triangle was the most heavily trafficked corner of the village early in the evening, but music stages and sample tables got in on the fun as far out as Cork and P.D. Johnson's sandwich stop.
A $5 donation bought entry into a drawing for dinner for four at any West Village spot, and with donation spots at each restaurant's sample table, the food bank was the night's big winner.