An Early Taste of the Dishes of Choice Eats


In just a few short hours, we’ll open the doors to our seventh annual Choice Eats tasting event, and you’ll have the chance to sample the goods of more than 80 restaurants from around the boroughs. In the lead-up to the party, we’ve been previewing the dishes from our Choice Eats participants (see installments one, two, and three). To whet your appetite for tonight, here’s our final round of plates.

Don’t have a ticket yet? You can pick one up at the door for $70. The fete runs from 7 to 10 p.m. at Basketball City (299 South Street).

Liddabit Sweets, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue, 212-229-0022
Sate your sweet tooth with this dessert shop’s salted caramel truffles with crushed pistachios, sea salt caramels, and chocolate sea salt caramels.

Grandaisy Bakery, multiple locations
Sink your teeth into the Roman-style pizzas from this bakeshop with locations in Tribeca and the Upper West Side.

Doughnut Plant, multiple locations
Doughnut Plant makes high quality doughnuts with the best ingredients possible; tonight, it’ll serve a variety of yeast, cake, and doughseed doughnuts.

Juliette, 135 North 5th Street, Brooklyn, 718-388-9222
This Williamsburg bistro will turn out yellowfin tuna with tomato and smoked paprika sunchoke chips.

Rosamunde Sausage Grill, 285 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
Rosamunde will grill a number of different sausages; look for beer sausage, a cheddar brat, and a vegan apple sage frank.

Distilled, 211 West Broadway, 212-601-9514
We love this Tribeca tavern for its bar snacks; tonight it will offer up liver pate with chicken skin crackers, whipped honey, and red wine-pickled shallot.

Yunnan Kitchen, 79 Clinton Street, 212-253-2527
This Lower East Side Chinese restaurant will serve Hmong-style catfish lau: The smoked seafood comes freshened with herbs and electrified with chilies; it’ll be sided by sticky rice.

Maima’s Liberian Bistro, 106-47 Guy R. Boulevard, Queens, 718-206-3538
A wildly popular restaurant at last year’s event, Maima’s will serve crab and shrimp with chicken gravy, plantains, kalla, and Jollof rice.

606 R&D, 606 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-230-0125
This Prospect Heights New American will bring a pea greens salad with papadum crouton and an almond-fennel cooler.

John Brown Smokehouse, 10-43 44th Drive, Queens, 718-361-0085
One of our favorite barbecue shops in the city, John Brown will offer up its ‘cue for tasting.

Mexico Lindo, 459 Second Avenue, 212-679-3665
This Kips Bay Mexican restaurant will turn out banana leaf-steamed rabbit tacos with mole rojo and butternut squash.

Xe May Sandwich Shop, 96 St. Marks Place, 212-388-1688
This St. Marks Banh Mi joint will serve a couple of versions of its specialty — one with lemongrass chicken, the other with soy-glazed portobello and tofu — in addition to banh mi tacos.

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, 900 Broadway
There’s more than cheese at this Flatiron shop, and Beecher’s will show its deft work with antipasti via a tuna tartar with daikon, kumquat, and avocado.

Buka, 946 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 347-763-0619
This Clinton Hill Nigerian restaurant will turn out grilled shrimp, efo (finely shredded spinach with onions and dried fish), and goat pepper soup.

Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street, 212-982-3006
This beery East Village stalwart will trot out mini biscuit sandwiches with beer sausage and mustard.

Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter, 94 Avenue C, 212-228-2972
Bobwhite is one of the best fried chicken joints in NYC, but it also makes some killer Southern fare that’s poultry-free. Tonight, taste the cheese biscuits with country ham and a squash pickle.

Swine, 531 Hudson Street, 212-255-7675
This paean to pig will serve pork, of course: Look for bacon-wrapped dates with chipotle blue cheese sauce.

Kuma Inn, 113 Ludlow Street, 212-353-8866
This Lower East Side Filipino spot will offer a taste of adobo-braised pork shoulder and pan de sal.

Alobar, 46-42 Vernon Boulevard, Queens, 718-752-6000
This Queens gastropub will turn out beet tartar with hearts of palm, apple corriander nage, goat feta, and scallion.

Red Hook Lobster Pound, 284 Van Brunt Street, 646-326-7650
A must-visit for crustacean lovers, this seafood shanty will deal classic lobster bisque tonight.

Khe-Yo, 157 Duane Street, 212-587-1089
One of the only Lao restaurants in the city, Khe-Yo will serve a unique traditional dish: crunchy coconut rice with kaffir lime sausage and baby iceberg lettuce.

Chandni Restaurant, 11 West 29th Street, 212-686-4456
Look for Indian favorites at this booth, including chicken biryani, chicken tikka masala, and chana masala.

Black Tree, 131 Orchard Street, 212-533-4684
Black Tree serves innovative seasonal sandwiches, and it’ll put its work on display tonight with the Cafe Vita Coffee- and Southern Tier Stout-braised short rib, spicy pear preserves, arugula, and pickled pear.

Ovenly, 31 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, 347-689-3608
Ovenly put together a special dish for this event: the stout stack, a take on a traditional opera cake. Layers of Brooklyn Brewery black chocolate stout cake are smothered with alternating layers of chocolate stout cream, milk chocolate malt cream, and labne cream.

Morgan’s Barbecue, 267 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn
This Prospect Heights ‘cue shrine will serve its dry-rubbed Texas-style barbecue. Look for Morgan’s in our demo section, too, where executive chef Andres Fernandez will talk about good Texas technique.

La Slowteria, 548 Court Street, Brooklyn, 718-858-2222
This Carroll Gardens Mexican spot will serve el cotorro, a guava salad with hibiscus flower dressing, and el negrito, duck in black mole.

Pickle Shack, 256 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn
Pick up one of two mini pickle sandwiches at this booth: Opt for the smoked tofu bahn mi with homemade kimchee, pickled carrot, and avocado; or get the aged cheddar with a homemade branston pickle and grilled onion.

Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen, 749 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
Grilled cheese fiends should make a beeline here, where they’ll find a sandwich made with Jarlsberg cheese and a sweet and spicy onion jam on Pullman bread.