The best thing about Summer around early June is a particular food tasting event that I look forward to attending. Some New Yorkers may agree or disagree with the following statement. Down-townees love their neighborhoods and uptown folk definitely stick to their own zip code.
However, there are certain events that make it worthwhile to cross borders – atleast for a couple of hours. Starting on Friday, June 3 continuing and ending on Saturday, June 4, foodie enthusiasts gathered underneath a grand tent on Columbus Ave between West 76th and 77th Streets, in the O’Shea Complex Schoolyard, to celebrate the New Taste of the Upper West Side, presented and created by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (“BID”).
Imagine spending a Friday night themed “Summer in the City: Surf & Turf” and hanging out with hostesses: Anne Burrell – Chef, and author of Own Your Own Kitchen (2013) and host of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America – and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, chef/owner of Butter, judge on Food Network’s Chopped, mentor on Food Network’s All-Star Academy & author of Old-School Comfort Food (2013).
So who was there to awaken your taste buds and leave you craving for more? Chef April Bloomfield with partner Ken Friedman representing The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, Maison Pickle, the newest restaurant from the Jacob’s Pickles team. Newbies including Jin Ramen, Han Dynasty and Playa Betty’s, will be joining the TUWS veteran faves such as Momofuku Milk Bar, The Meatball Shop, Shake Shack and AG Kitchen.
On Saturday, June 4, there was no way I would miss out on a chance to double dip for a second day of delicious-ness. That would be the ultimate sin!
Hosted by NBC’S New York Live – Sara Gore -welcoming guests to the second installment of TUWS titled: Best of the West. Consider the first day as the appetizer and the second day highlights 45 of la crème de la crème (the best of the best) restaurants to continue sharing the edible culinary magic.
Celebrating newcomers: Crave Fishbar, Olma Caviar Boutique & Lounge, Orwasher’s Bakery and Amorino Gelato joined returning restaurants – RedFarm, Boulud Sud, Dovetail, Jacques Torres, Rosa Mexicano and more.
All proceeds benefit The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District – a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization representing property owners and merchants along Columbus Avenue from West 67th Street to West 82nd Street including the American Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Park, The New-York Historical Society and the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
Rain or shine, the party still goes on! Besides, what other tasting event do you know lasts for two days and offers an aerialist serving bubbly while suspended upside down? Only the New Taste of the Upper West does – because that’s how they roll. For more information, click here. See you soon.