This past Monday, I had the delicious opportunity to attend New York Magazine‘s New York Taste 2011 event. I had a serious blast at last year’s event (see my re-cap here), and the 2011 event surely lived up to expectations! Featuring some of NYC’s top restaurants, the selection included tastes and flavors from all over the world! Would you like a glimpse of all the scrumptious bites I devoured? Keep reading! Also, I’ll be asking which of these dishes you’d most like to try, so keep tabs on your favorite one! 🙂
I first started in the Asia section:
…where my first stop was Ma Peche. You remember my visit to Ma Peche, right? Deeelish! I was eager to see what they had in store for me tonight, and I was not disappointed! The Ma Peche table was offering small spoonfuls of bass with lime, plum and bay leaf – wonderful for my starter!
Mmmm mmm. My appetite thoroughly whet, I then moved onto brushstroke, which featured steamed chawanmushi (egg custard) – in this manifestation, the egg custard was enhanced by the addition of black truffle sauce:
I love anything truffle (and custard!), so this chawanmushi soon found itself no more:
I was then off to Spice Market, whose offering for the day was shaved tuna with chili tapioca and Asian pear (or as I just call them, “pears”. Haha omg):
YUM! I am more accustomed to sweet tapioca creations, so the kick of the chili tapioca was definitely a welcome surprise!
Onward – my next stop was Qi Bangkok Eatery, a creation of none other than Pichet Ong. Qi had a late menu change, with a spicy tuna tartare. I’m glad I got a shot of those lone remaining tuna cup before it was snatched up (by me). Don’t worry, they were refilling this plate as I chomped.
I then was offered to a hearty bite at Baoguette – where I got, what else, a baoguette (that’s a banh mi for Baoguette newbies):
I was really excited to try Baoguette’s baoguette because there’s a location right in my neighborhood that I’d yet to try out. This morsel was delicious, so I’ll definitely be stopping by my local Baoguette soon!
Continuing on the sandwich offerings in the Asian section, I moved onto Morimoto, which had yellowtail pastrami sliders with Tobanjan aioli:
I was then finishing up my tour d’Asia when I rounded upon this sign:
Um, hello, Fatty Crab!! Laksa – one of my favorite soups ever! (And I love soups so that’s saying a lot). These small bowls were calling my name, but I was good and only took one – it was early in the evening after all:
Slurpy goodness in a bowl, meet my appetite:
While my heart will always belong to the real thing, I did thoroughly enjoy this “fancy” intepretation.
Ok, at this point I really was about to leave the Asia section, but then I saw this guy from 15 East Restaurant & Sushi Bar:
Why, is that fresh wasabi he’s grating? You know how much I love fresh wasabi after working with it earlier this year. So of course I had to partake:
The guys at Nuela were working hard on their striped bass ceviche with Leche de Tigre and Cancha:
So of course I couldn’t let hard work go to waste, I sampled. And it was good. Mmm.
..and also featured Marcus Samuelsson!
I then was pleasantly surprised by Recette, where the Chef Jesse Schenker was hard at work :
Recette‘s offering was my favorite of the evening, which is a tough thing to say when EVERYTHING (and I mean EVERYTHING) was out-of-this-world amazing. But the fall squash espuma with whipped foie gras, creme fraiche and espelette took the cake. This was the only dish I circled back for when I was finished:
It was time for a little savory hiatus to break things up a bit, so I stopped by the Gramercy Tavern table, which was decked out in full autumn decor:
Palate thoroughly cleansed, I was ready for more. My next stop was to Veritas:
Veritas took a common party appetizer (the deviled egg) and glammed it up with pancetta crumbs. Genius!!
My next stop was Dovetail, where I sampled tuna ceviche with quinoa, habanero and dried apricots:
I had never had ceviche with quinoa before, but the addition of the grain added a welcome texture to the dish. Very creative!
My next stop to North End Grill rewarded me with a sweet and savory dish: Nantucket Bay scallops cru with orange, Thai basil and Pasilla de Oaxaca Chile –
The guys at Ciano were also hard at work:
Next door at Salinas, bowls of Caldo de Estacion: Fall pumpkin & chicken soup with apple smoked bacon, organic chorizo, potato and broccoli rabe, were being prepped:
My stomach was starting to wind down a bit, but my brain and map told me I had much more to try. So onward I went! My next stop was at Benoit, whose offering for the night looked like dessert, but was actually beef short ribs Parmentier prepared with Chateau Croix Mouton, Bordeaux Superieur 2008 – sounds fancy and was mouthwatering scrumptious! Short ribs, you never fail me:
I next moved onto Bar Basque – now Bar Basque had a dish last year that featured a poached egg; yes, so fervent is my love for soft-cooked eggs that I remember it to this day. So imagine my delight when I saw this year’s morsel:
Poached egg again! A smaller (quail) egg this time, so as to make it more manageable. This year’s sepia carbonara with quail egg and jamon crisp was absolutely amazing, once again. And jamon crisp – awesome! But really, take any pork product and make it “crisp” and one can’t go too wrong.
The guys at Kefi were hard at work putting the finishing touches on their oysters with yogurt and pomegranate:
A before shot (as in before I devoured it):
Yet another example of a luxuriously delicious bite that looked like dessert – I wasn’t as easily fooled this time though. Corton featured a red kuri pumpkin veloute with salt cod chantilly:
Junoon‘s duck gushtaba with Fall fruit chutney, accompanied by a blood orange lassi, was a perfect autumn delight:
As well as was SHO Shaun Hergatt‘s cracked soba risotto with house cured egg yolk and nasturtium leaf – the soba flavor was subtle but intense!
If you guessed that I was extremely stuffed by this point, you are absolutely right! I rounded out the evening with a stop by Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns‘ table – two dining experiences I’ve been dying to have! Their Forono beets with blue hill yogurt was rich, sweet and creamy – a perfect ending to my New York Taste evening.
I slipped out right before the bustle really started to build:
…so I could hurry home and start re-capping for all of you!
I had an amazing time at this year’s New York Taste 2011 event, and it may have even surpassed last year’s event! I hope to have the opportunity to cover the 2012 event so I can come back and share another mouthwatering recap with all of you!
You were warned – which dish would you MOST like to try?
PS – Have you entered my giveaway for your very own BUILT lunch tote yet? What are you waiting for? You can enter once/day via twitter! Good luck!