Scenes from The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York


One of the Japan Pavilion’s stranger offerings: Akihabara canned bread.

Conventions involving food always bring both moochers and industry types out of the woodwork. This year’s International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, held at the sprawling Javits Convention Center from Sunday to Tuesday, was no exception to this rule. Amid the hungry hordes who didn’t know the difference between burrata and bocconcini and lamented the lack of kobe beef at the Japan Pavilion, there were some interesting moments and workshops. For those who didn’t get the chance to brave the packed aisles, here’s a look at the best of the show.

Hudson Valley Foie Gras doled out portions of its namesake product with nary a Peta protester in sight.

A table of Table Talk pies was among the more lowbrow offerings.

The burgermeister at Master Purveyors was kind enough to accommodate some mook who asked for “two well done.”


Food/spirits consultant Jonathan Forester shaking up a fragrant take on a caipirinha using rosemary instead of mint and homemade lima dulce syrup.

Johnny Tofu, whose superbly creamy Otokomae, or man tofu, can be found at Sunrise Mart in the East Village.

With plenty of snacks and sakes like Nanbu Bijin’s Born, the aisles of the Japan Pavilion seemed like an izakaya.