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Free food in NYC: Zucker's bagels, Ben & Jerry's vegan ice cream and more

When the carbs are free, who are we to mind our diets?

Zucker's Bagels & Smoked Fish is handing out

Zucker's Bagels & Smoked Fish is handing out 1,000 free sandwiches at its new Flatiron location starting May 29. Photo Credit: Zucker's Bagels & Smoked Fish

Not having to pay for what you're eating and drinking makes everything taste better.

To fill your belly and quench your thirst without shelling out any cash, consult our continuously updated list of complimentary bites and sips up for grabs around the city:

A salad, pita or bowl at Noon Mediterranean (222 Broadway, Manhattan)

Lunch is on this fast-casual Mediterranean chain on May 21. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., mosey over to Noon's lower Manhattan outpost for your choice of a free salad, pita or bowl with protein options like lamb meatballs and falafel and extra add-ons like hummus and eggplant relish. 

Samples of 10 non-dairy ice cream flavors at Ben & Jerry's Scoop shop (24 St. Marks Place)

The Vermont ice cream maker's anxiety about getting ahead in the growing vegan frozen treat market is the driving factor behind the sampling party it's hosting at its East Village scoop shop on Tuesday, May 22. To be honest, we couldn't care less what the company's financial motivation is; we'll be there from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., scarfing down almond milk-based versions of Chunky Monkey and Cherry Garcia.

Mini sandwiches at Zucker's Flatiron (40 E. 23rd St.)

The hand-rolled bagel shop opens its new location and fourth outpost in the Flatiron District next week. It's celebrating the expansion with a pretty generous giveaway: 1,000 mini sandwiches over the first few days of opening. Starting Tuesday, May 29, Zucker's will reward the first 100 early risers to show up before 6:30 a.m. with a mini version of the new Flatiron sandwich, which comes with Everything Bagel-spiced smoked salmon, scallion cream cheese and avocado on either a bagel or a bialy. Don't want to wake up that early? The shop will also be giving away 100 mini pastrami sandwiches a day at 11 a.m. on weekdays, starting Monday, June 4

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