An Early Taste of the Dishes of Choice Eats


As we count the days to Choice Eats — now just a week away — we’re unveiling some of the dishes we’ll be eating at the fete. We gave you a preview of a dozen tastes last week, and now we’re dishing up a dozen more.

Oda House, 76 Avenue B, 212-353-3838
This East Village Georgian restaurant will serve khachapuri, a traditional Georgian cheese bread; prasis pkhali, which combines boiled leeks with chopped walnuts, herbs, Georgian spices, and pomegranate seeds; badrijani nigvzit (baked eggplant rolls); lobio, a pinto bean stew; chakhokhbili, a chicken stew; and pelamushi, a Georgian dessert.

Spicy Bampa, 6920 18th Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-236-8088
Line up for Spicy Bampa’s dan dan noodles, and be sure to sample the tea smoked turkey, too.

Fonda, 434 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-369-3144
Fonda will bring one of our favorite dishes to the table, the cochinita pibil: Yucatan-style, achiote-marinated, slow-baked pork shoulder with oregano and pickled onions.

Tabata Noodle Restaurant, multiple locations
One of our perennial favorites for ramen, Tabata plans to serve dark ramen, a black sesame paste noodle soup with spicy ground pork.

Martha, 184 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn
Chef Andres Valbuena will showcase his unique take on Asian cuisine via Berkshire pork ribs with ginger glaze over jasmine rice.

Telepan Local, 329 Greenwich Street, 212-966-9255
Bill Telepan’s newest venture will trot out broccoli rabe with white anchovies, egg yolk purée, and Parmesan.

Bien Cuit, multiple locations
One of our favorite bakeries in the city, Bien Cuit will offer an apricot danish with pink peppercorn; a Catalan tartine with jamon serrano, manchego cheese, and tomato; and a mesquite corn biscuit.

Butter & Scotch
This formidable dessert monger — and winner of our Best Desserts category in Best of NYC 2013 — will turn out Dark & Stormy caramel corn.

La Newyorkina, multiple locations
We love Fany Gerson’s paletas, and here, she’ll offer ice cream paletitas with dipping chocolate and Mexican toppings.

Carlo’s Bakery, 95 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ, 201-659-3671
The Cake Boss will turn out a slew of treats, including red velvet cake, carrot cake, chocolate cake, vanilla cake, cannolis, rugelach cookies, and brownies.

max, 181 Duane Street, 212-966-5939
This Tribeca trattoria plans to serve up its meat lasagna.

Ovelia Psistaria Bar, 34-01 30th Avenue, Queens, 718-721-7217
This Astoria-based Greek restaurant plans to offer Greek coffee steak with a mushroom halloumi poutine.

We still have tickets available for our event; general admission fare is $60 (or $70 at the door). For more information or to purchase entrance, head on over to our Choice Eats website. Choice Eats hits Basketball City (299 South Street) on Tuesday, March 25, from 7 to 10 p.m.

And to better plan your grazing at the party, check out the event map on the next page.

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