Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Taste of the Upper West Side - Comfort Classics

The New Taste of Upper West Side took place on May 20th & 21st at the grand tent on Columbus Avenue between W. 76th and W. 77th streets.

I attended Comfort Classics on May 20th (Best of the West took place on the 21st) at the grand tent on Columbus Avenue between W. 76th and W. 77th Streets. The sold out event was hosted by Adam Richman of the Travel Channel's Man v. Food, and Dylan Lauren, founder of Dylan's Candy Bar.

Comfort Classics featured over 35 chefs out to reinvent classic dishes, which were both inspiring and unique. I couldn't have asked for anything more - I was immersed in food heaven, surrounded by amazing dishes, desserts, drinks and live music. It is making me hungry again just thinking of it!

I took note of some of my favorites, which included some restaurants I have always wanted to try. You can bet I'll be taking that next step and dining at these hot spots soon! I'm glad I'll have some UWS favorites to turn to once Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week rolls around!

The Yard at 160 / Whitney Aycock: Local Razor Clam Ceviche, Crispy Shrimp "Cracker", Meyer Lemon

Greenmarket / Margaret Hoffman: Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Maple Yogurt

Citrus Bar & Grill / Louie Lanza: Crab Cakes & Skirt Steak Tortilla Wrap, featured with Josie's Salad

My favorite from Valrhona are Milk Chocolate Salted Caramels

Tazo Tea samples a variety of their teas and gave out boxes of Zen Green Tea and Herbal Passion Tea

Alice's Tea Cup / Haley & Lauren Fox: Chocolate Cake, Savory Scones (Goat Cheese Basil), Peanut Butter Brookie, Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Scone (these are so good!)

Dovetail / John Fraser: Honey Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese Frosting, Pineapple, Fried Walnuts

Ditch Plains Upper West Side / Marc Murphy: Ditch Dogs - hot dogs topped with mac & cheese!

Magnolia Bakery / Bobbie Lloyd: Banana Pudding, Chocolate Wafer Whoopie Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream, Classic Mini Cupcakes

Shake Shack Upper West Side: Mini Corn Dogs - Jalapeno Battered Hot Dog with Rick's Pick Handy Corn Relish, Root Beer Floats - Abita Root Beer with Shake Shack Vanilla Custard

e.e. cookies / Kori E. Stanton

Ed's Chowder House / Ed Brown

Virgil's Real BBQ / Chef Glen Rolnick: Memphis Pork Ribs

5 Napkin Burger / Chef Andy D'Amico: 5 N Beef Slider, Caramelized Onions and Rosemary Aioli

Starr Restaurants New York Historical Society / Jim Burke: A Cicchetti Tasting

Heron Hill Winery

Bong Spirit Vodka

Prairie Organic Vodka

Pinnacle Vodka Cotton Candy - if you like sweets, this vodka's for you!

- Kim Weling

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