Sunday, March 22, 2015

Recap: The Village Voice's 8th Annual "Choice Eats" Tasting Event

King Bee: Duck and Farro Boudin

It has been another amazing year at the Village Voice's "Choice Eats" Tasting Event! The 8th annual event took place on March 13th at the Metropolitan Pavilion. With over 50+ handpicked restaurants from all five New York City boroughs, I tried my best to sample as many dishes as possible! The event took place from 6-10pm, and by the time I got there at 8pm, it was super crowded and some food stations had already shut down. I highly recommend getting there on time and as early as possible! 

I've recapped my favorite dishes, which were mainly from restaurants I was not familiar with or have never sampled dishes from. "Choice Eats" is definitely a way to experience new dishes and explore new menus. 

The new restaurants I have now added to the top of my dining list include King Bee, Tabata Noodle Restaurant, The Nomad, Los Tacos No. 1, Genuine, Xe May Sandwich Shop, Casa Del Chef, Tuome,  Box Kite NYC and Commerce Restaurant. 

The second floor featured desserts galore, with Doughnut Plant a personal favorite, along with Salted Crack Caramel ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery and mini cupcakes from Butter Lane. I love the Mini Smore Bars I sampled from Butter & Scotch. 

The Metropolitan Pavilion was the perfect venue for the tasting - a great layout and accessible location. I hope "Choice Eats" remains at this venue for future tasting events. 

Tabata Noodle Restaurant: Garlic Noodle - Egg Noodles Marinated in Garlic Oil with Small Cubes of "Charshuu" Pork, Roasted Garlic and Scallions

The Nomad: Sea Urchin Panna Cotta with Grannysmith Apples and Chives

Baz Bagel & Restaurant: Latkes Dill-luxe - Mini Potato Latke with House Cured Gravlax, Sour Cream and Dill

Los Tacos No. 1: Chicken / Steak / Pork / Cactus Taco Sampler

Genuine: Ahi Tartare Tostadas with Spicy Mayo, Border Slaw, Avocado, and Sesame Seeds

Xe May Sandwich Shop: Vermicelli Salad - Vermicelli Noodles with Asian Lettuce, Cilantro, Pickled Carrots, Daikons, Cucumbers, Crushed Peanuts and Fried Shallots / Grilled Pork with Fish Sauce - Soy Glazed Portobello and Spiced Tofu with Soy Ginger Vinaigrette

Casa Del Chef: Casa Del Chef Chicha - Fresh Fruit Confit with Pineapple and Rice Broth

Tuome: Beets - Quinoa, Five Spice Yogurt, Pumpkin Seed

Box Kite NYC: Basil Semifreddo with Rhubarb Compote and Tasmanian Peppercorn

Brucie: Crostini - With House Made Stracciatella, Hazelnut "Dirt," and Pickled Raisins

Commerce Restaurant: Winter vegetable fricassée with truffle & poached egg

Manhattan Moonshine

Casas Mono & Bar Jamon: Confit Goat: with Avocado Goat Cheese and Pistachios

Barefoot Wine

Butter & Scotch: Mini Smore Bars

Ample Hills Creamery: Salted Crack Caramel Ice Cream with Deb's Famous Crack Cookies

Ample Hills Creamery: Chocolate Milk & Cookies / Snap Mallow Pop - Deconstructed Rice Krispie Treat

Carlo's Bakery: Assorted Cake Bites / Brownie Bites / Mini Cannolis / Rugelach

Doughnut Plant: Guava Filled Dougnut

Tate's Bake Shop: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sugar Couture: Banana Pudding Pie topped with a Smoked Peanut Butter Cookie

Butter Lane: Vanilla Mini Cupcake with Sea Salt Chocolate Frosting / Banana Mini Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting and Marshmallows / Chocolate Mini Cupcake with Chai Spice Frosting

- Kim Weling

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