Last night, I hit the Dining in New York City book launch and tasting benefiting Citymeals-on-Wheels. The book, from photographer Jan Bartelsman, features a look inside and at the food of 40 of New York’s top restaurants, from Annisa to wd-50. The event itself featured delicious nibbles from the likes of Per Se and Nobu, and inspired by Bartelsman, I took pictures of some favorites. Later, I’ll post my chat with Bartelsman and his food photography tips, as well as some of his obviously far, far superior photos from the new book. In the meantime, some of my snaps from the tasting are after the jump.
Nobu served their signature Black Cod with Miso. It was far better, I imagine, than Leah’s cod.
Monkfish Foie Gras with Citrus Sauce and Caviar from 15 East was far prettier than the monkfish liver I get at my fave Brooklyn hole-in-the-wall sushi joint.
This Steak Tartar Cone with Mustard Greens from Wallse had a touch of horseradish cream in the tip; it was simple and delicious.
This deconstructed apple pie came all the way from De Librije, a Michelin three-star restaurant in the Netherlands and the only non-NYC restaurant that part of the tasting.
Per Se served their classic Cornet of Atlantic Salmon with Sweet Red Onion Crème Fraiche.
Gramercy Tavern’s Mango Lime Cheesecake with Salted Macadamia Crumble was good but not great, but as on Top Chef, someone had to suck it up and do dessert.
Having recovered from Top Chef, the Blue Hill crew served these beautiful Forono Beets with Buttermilk and Horseradish topped with microgreens. Amongst the foie gras and shellfish, it stood out for its relatively simple ingredients that built upon each other to create an easy complexity.
Porcini Mushroom Ravioli with Black Truffle Cream Sauce from Scalini Fedeli wasn’t as photogenic as some of the other dishes but it was one of the most delicious.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 22, 2009