Sunday, June 15, 2014

New Taste of the Upper West Side: Best of the West 2014

Dovetail: Roasted Beet Salad with strawberries, watercress, black rice

On May 31st, I attended this year's New Taste of the Upper West Side Best of the West, under the tent at Columbus Avenue between W. 76th-W.77th Streets. The evening celebrated 40 of the Upper West Side's most talented chefs and restaurants, hosted by Jill Martin, NY Knicks broadcaster and TODAY Show contributor.

Best of the West honoree was world-renowned chef and owner Daniel Boulud of Daniel, Café Boulud, db Bistro Moderne, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Boulud Sud and Epicerie Boulud. Attendees also enjoyed music by the Silver Arrow Band, amazing food and enticing cocktails. 

The VIP hour is definitely worth getting access to, for getting a head start to chefs, food and drinks, and to make sure you get to taste everything you want to. I also recommend that you don't wait too long before sampling any of the desserts. Many of the desserts disappeared before I got a chance to try them, especially from Alice's Tea Cup and and ice cream sandwiches from Magnolia Bakery. 

Check out my favorite mouth-watering dishes, including Dovetail's Roasted Beet Salad, Tessa's Razor Clam Escabéche Piperade and Gabriel's Ocean Trout Crudo. I was happy to see a larger selection of wines including Terra Andina Sparkling Moscato and Bottega Liquid Metals. 

Caffè Storico: Watermelon Gazpacho, Ricotta Tortellini and Pickled Radish

16 Handles: Sweet Sriracha - Salted Caramel and Fudge Brownie Fro-Yo Twist + Sriracha Salt

The Loeb Central Park Boathouse

Gabriel's: Ocean Trout Crudo - Spicy green tomato, pickled rhubarb, cantaloupe, radish

Cafe Tallulah: Tuna Tartare - Avocodo purée, cucumber & radish salad, red chili aioli, pickled jalapeño

Calle Ocho: Sweet Corn Arepas served with house-cured salmon, topped with salmon caviar and finished with house-made crema nata

Ed's Chowder House: Skuna Bay Salmon Burger - Pepper relish, garlic aioli, watercress

Kefi: Lamb Burger Slider with whipped spicy feta


Nick & Toni's Cafe: Polpette - Berkshire Pork meatballs, whipped ricotta, tomato jam

Alice's Tea Cup: Lavender Earl Grey Buttercream on Chocolate Cupcakes, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Vegan Coconut Almond Cookies, Pumpkin Scones with Caramel Glaze

Bar Boulud: Chilled Veal Porchetta

Boulud Sud: Grilled Beef Kofte - Pine nuts, tahini, scallion salad

Andanada: Salpicon de Cangrejo: Crab salad with cucumber, potatoes and tomato

Magnolia Bakery: Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches

Magnolia Bakery: Devil's Food Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream Sandwiches

Magnolia Bakery: Oatmeal Raisin Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream Sandwiches

Magnolia Bakery: Banana Pudding

Magnolia Bakery: Mini Coconut Cream Pies

Bottega Liquid Metals: Rose Gold, Platinum Moscato and Venetian Gold 

Atlantic Grill: Copper River Salmon, Daikon Sprouts, Caramel Soy, Lemon Grass, Thai Chili

Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto: Selection of Salumi

Loi: Htapodaki on a Spoon - Grilled octopus with red wine, macerated onions, capers, almonds, fresh herbs & ladolemono

Henry's: Braised Short Ribs - Spring asparagus, button mushroom, pearl onion and Rosemary Mashed Potato

Sartori Cheese: SarVecchio Parmesan, Extra Aged Goat, MontAmore, Balsamic Bella Vitano, Espresso Bella Vitano, and Rosemary & Olive Oil Asiago

Café du Soleil: Chilled Corn Soup with diced shrimp

Café du Soleil: Water Chestnuts wrapped in bacon with maple bourbon sauce 

Nice Matin: Mediterranean Salmon

Sysco Metro NY: Chopped Duck Liver - Strawberry-rhubarb glaze, tangerine cress

Sysco Metro NY: Yuzu Zabaglione - Asian fruit compote, toasted coconut

Cafe Luxembourg: Cucumber and Green Grape Gazpacho with crab, almonds and charred salsa verde

Tessa: Razor Clam Escabéche Piperade - Toasted almonds, espelette pepper

Candle Cafe West: Poblano-Wild Mushroom Taco with pickled jalapeño, almond cheese and avocado sauce

Porter House New York: Chilled Thai Beef Salad with chilies, watermelon and peanuts

Daniel Boulud signing copies of his book, Daniel: My French Cuisine

Jacques Torres Chocolate: Chocolate Drizzles Berries

- Kim Weling

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