The New Taste of the Upper West Side was held over the weekend. It was a three day food fest that featured a handful of New York City's best chefs and favorite neighborhood restaurants. We had been to last year's and had an amazing time so we were super excited to partake in this year's festivities. Unfortunately, we couldn't attend Soiree in the Park but we did go to Friday's Comfort Classics and Saturday's Best of the West.
Comfort Classics was hosted by Adam Richman (Man vs. Food). The event started on time (7 P.M.) and arriving attendees were greeted by an impressive display of silk performers. The evening's ambiance were also set by a whole lot of disco balls and lighting. Guests were able to sample dishes from more than 50 restaurants and enjoyed cocktails, craft beer and wine. We were also given tokens to use to vote for our favorite grub of the night.
I don't remember each dish I tried nor do I remember each restaurant I sampled but there were a couple of dishes that I loved: I loved the mussels, the smoked salmon, the rib from Virgil's Real BBQ (it was amazing: tender, moist but also had bits of charred parts), I also loved the ceviche, Momofuku Milk Bar's chocolate truffles were divine (melts in your mouth) and I LOVED the ice cream bar from Treat House so much that I used my token for them. I also enjoyed the evening sipping on fancy water imported from Italy.
I went back the following night to W77th St. & Columbus Avenue for the Best of the West. The event was hosted by Marc Murphy and Anne Burrell. VIP admission started at 6:00 P.M. (an hour earlier than regular admission ticket holders). VIPs also were able to enjoy a secluded lounge area outside. The evening featured a lot of the same restaurants from the previous night. However, I was able to try dishes from other restaurants that I didn't get to sample during Comfort Classics. I particularly had such a sweet tooth that night that my absolute favorite were the salted caramel macarons with Remy Martin Cognac 1738 from Mille Feuille. I also enjoyed the strawberry tiramisu from Jean-Georges. I was also glad to have tried Angry Orchard's honey cider.
It was such a great event and I'd definitely love to come back for next year's.