New York magazine took over the Puck Building in downtown Manhattan for its annual “Taste of New York” event on November 6. The 700 guests sampled dishes from 40 celebrity chefs, and all for a good cause. “Everyone had a ball, and a lot of delicious food and drink,” said Serena Torrey from New York magazine. “Most important, we were all able to help City Harvest achieve its mission of feeding over 260,000 New Yorkers every week.”
Among the culinary stars that night was Food Network’s Bobby Flay, who knows where to shop for organic wines in New York. “You’ve heard of Appellation, right?” he asked, referring to Scott Pactor’s Chelsea wine store, dedicated to organic and biodynamic wines. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto had no similar recommendation, but flashed us the “victory” sign when told about our magazine.
Standouts among all the fabulous bite-size tastes were Buddakan’s Tuna Spring Rolls, from chef Michael Schulson, and Beacon Restaurant’s Wood Roasted Baby Lamb Chops with Black Olives and Lemon, from chef Waldy Malouf.
Abandoning the small-size concept altogether was Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, with its heaping Pulled Pork Sandwich, The Little Owl’s Gravy Meatball Slider and Brgr’s All-Natural Angus Beef Burger with Apple-Smoked Bacon, Sweet Onion Marmalade and Roquefort.
On the other end of the spectrum was the simplicity of Dan Barber’s Vegetables on a Fence, consisting of multicolored cauliflower grown at his Blue Hill at Stone Barns farm.
Guests were also treated to numerous wines and cocktails. Flatiron Lounge served up some great New York Sours and Juniper Breezes, while Pegu Club mixed up their Applejack Cobbler and flame-induced Intro To Aperol drinks.
Of course, one could have ignored all the food and drink and gone just for the desserts. Top choices for the sweet tooth were Le Bernardin’s Sheep’s Milk Yogurt Panna Cotta with Quince, Fig, Ras el Hanout and Basil Seed, and the One-Bite Chocolate Lollipop from Wallsé