One innovation this year was the appearance of cafeteria trays, enabling one to amass several dishes at once, and then enjoy them. This guy told me, “I got mine on the Bowery for $2.”
The Fifth Annual Choice Eats tasting event was under way in one form or another from 5:30 to 9 p.m. this evening. There were more restaurants than ever before, representing a greater range of cuisines. Here are some photos of the event, including a few random dishes: No one person could hope to sample them all. See a complete list of participants here.
A Civil War battle raged in the background of the VIP lounge. “The South appears to be winning,” noted one attendee.
Most agreed that the Nigerian chicken pepper soup from Buka was the hottest thing at the festival.
The Joe Dough crew with their long, long heroes
Cured arctic char from Edi and the Wolf
The northern aisle of the armory reached its maximum crowdedness around 7:30.
Top Chef contestant Ty-Lör Boring conducted a cooking demonstration in the VIP lounge involving watermelon and powdered olive oil.
Smoked goat sandwich with pickles from Goat Town
Brisket, pastrami, and corned beef from David’s Brisket House
La Morada offered three southern-Mexican moles.
Andy Rourke DJ’d from high up in the balcony.
S’mores being flamed at the S’more Bakery table