New Taste of the Upper West Side to Host Its 9th Annual Food Festival

Photos courtesy of Ken Goodman

We are so excited to announce that we will be covering this year's NewTasteUWS! This NYC food festival will be taking place on Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th on Columbus Ave. between West 76th and 77th Streets (under the huge white tent!). We love going to this event because literally every single chef who matters are there to serve their delicious dishes. This year, the festivities are split into two different events: Summer in The City: Surf & Turf and Best of the West.

Celebrity chefs Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli are hosting Summer in The City" Surf & Turf. As the name suggests, this event will be all about summer flavors and vibe. Taste of the Upper West Side veterans Shake Shack, Momofuku Milk Bar, Jacob's Pickles and The Meatball Shop will be present along newcomers Jin Ramen, Han Dynasty and Playa Betty's. If this doesn't sound amazing enough, Two-star Michelin Chef April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman will be unveiling the name of their new restaurant together AND they will be serving up tasty fare all through the evening. Guests should expect beach inspired cocktails as well. Tickets are $105 per person BUT get 2 tickets and you only fork over $185- I know it sounds like a lot but it is so worth it.

The second installment of NewTasteUWS is called Best of the West and will be hosted by NYC's New York Live Sara Gore. 45 of NYC's best restaurants and chefs will be in attendance to provide guests with a feast so good, you'd think you had died and gone to heaven. Rosa MexicanoSud, Dovetail, Jacques Torres, RedFarm and Boulud will return to this grand event along rookies Crave Fishbar, Olma Caviar Boutique & Lounge, Orwasher’s Bakery and Amorino Gelato. Tickets for this unlimited tasting event are $135 but if you buy 2, it's only $250.

I know that I am hyping it up and I am and that's because it is honestly one of my favorite food festivals ever. I can genuinely say that if I can actually afford it, I'd totally go every year because the Taste of the Upper West Side events are always so much fun. Yes, there are a lot of people but it's organized chaos. They provide plenty of spaces for people to enjoy their food and drinks. Also, this event's proceeds go directly into maintaining the BID area, from West 67th Street to West 82nd Street which includes The American Museum of Natural History and New-York Historical Society. Last but not least, the aerial silk dancers/bartenders are pretty awesome to watch!

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