Stir-fried rock shrimp with XO sauce and foie gras ‘Royale’ by The Sea Grill
Happy Monday, Noshers! I’m doing everything I can to combat this no-longer-summer weather with some mouth-watering recaps! Today, I’m super excited to share some pictures from Project by Project NY‘s Plate by Plate Annual Tasting Event that I attended recently. Tables and tables of food galore, a cool DJ, a good-looking crowd, and lil’ ol’ me! As I mentioned previously, the proceeds of this event went to benefit the Asian Bi-Cultural Mental Health Services at Henry Street Settlement.
I stuffed myself silly, took awkward selfies in the photobooth, and snapped pics to share with you – so without further ado, let’s get to it!
I HAD to start with dessert first, especially when this cutest little snow cloud ever was beckoning me:
It led me to Wooly’s Shaved Ice, where the Wooly’s guys made their original leche shaved snow, topped with “party rocks” (aka Pop Rocks and Fruity Pebbles), mochi, and sea salt leche finish:
OMG THIS WAS AMAZING. I could have eaten a million servings of this but figured I should leave some for the other guests.
Sachi Asian Bistro’s two dishes – duck massamun curry with toast and cashews, and yellowtail yum with green papaya, shallot, toasted rice and herbs, offered both a rich option and a refreshing counterpoint.
Gordo’s Cantina offered one of my favorite casual foods, Mexican “street corn” or elote! Hand made to order:
Spicy, creamy, tangy – I just love this stuff! Whenever I come across this stuff, I make an exception to my “no eating corn on the cob in public” rule (yes, it’s a rule rule I abide by. Weird, I know).
Fung Tu‘s dish was the only soup offering of the evening, and it was luxurious! Chilled corn soup with mala oil and garlic chives – fragrant and decadent. Yum.
mŏkbar offered two irresistible dishes. The first was these bacon wrapped ricecakes with Gochujang glaze.
Their second dish was this crispy cool ramen salad with spicy dressing:
The Sea Grill -won my award for cutest eve presentation. Look at this stir-fried rock shrimp with XO sauce and foie gras ‘Royale’ in these teeny tiny egg cups!
Yum yum – next up were assorted hand rolls to order by Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya:
My eating buddy for the evening (Sister Nosh) and I then took a little stop by the photobooth. We are the queens of awkward photos!
Ahem….moving on…Thalassa, located in Tribeca, made a strong showing with two dishes – Lavraki with Caviar Mousse and Zucchini Fritter with Tzatziki Sauce:
To paraphrase Jewel, my hands are small – but I have a surprising ability to hold lots of food (check out my instagram account for a recent photo of my holding 5 wedges of cheese at once!)
Vai Restaurant‘s Hamachi and Yellowfin Duo deservedly won that evening’s people’s favorite award – both the presentation and flavor were spectacular!
all’onda‘s Salt Cod Mantecato was light, crispy and full of umami. I don’t have salt cod too often, but when I do I love it!
Not to be undone, The Fourth‘s Pickled Beet and Freekeh Salad was crisp and refreshing. And it was my eating buddy’s first taste of freekeh!
My eating buddy and I took some time to peruse the silent auction offerings – there were quite a few tempting items!
My last savory dish of the evening was Yerba Buena Perry‘s Tacos de Costilla:
I wrapped up my evening how i began it – with another cup of shaved snow from Wooly’s. That stuff is GOOD! I’ll definitely be stopping by their storefront when it re-opens!
Once again, this year’s event was full of delicious dishes and refreshing libations, all for a fantastic cause. Plus, the event also gave me a few restaurants to add to my “must try” list. Yay!
Which of the above dishes would you most like to try?