Last Thursday night (March 20th), we went down to the Gallery District to attend a jazzed-up internationally focused gala held by Cathay Airlines, which was celebrating the inauguration of its Newark-to-Hong Kong non-stop flight. Cathay flight attendants in smart matching red dresses were scattered among the international crowd, who chatted, ate, and drank under large projections of Cathay jets.
Cathay really went all out celebrating with Hong Kong inspired fare. Here’s a run-down:
City favorite Redfarm brought three delicious Dim Sum-inspired finger foods to the table. Pac Man Dumplings came with a steamed and sticky in different Easter egg colors, with succulent shrimp in a well-balanced bite, while Seared Beef Buns were delightful miniature, thick-doughed Bao. The best of the three, however, was the Filet Mignon Tart, which paired tender beef with a just-rich-enough pastry that co-mingled the sweet and the savory excellently.
Hong Kong is a culturally rich hub, especially when it comes to food. Cathay Pacific Airways, an airline flying daily from spots in the United States to this culinary capital and other destinations in Mainland China, is celebrating their new flight out of Newark Liberty International Airport with a gastronomic event: 16 Hours 'Til Hong Kong.
Teamed up with LUCKYRICE, a company focused on Asian experiential culinary marketing, Cathay Pacific Airways will hold the celebration at Skylight Modern, featuring cuisine from top restaurants, chefs, and mixologists around the city on March 20th. Attendees will sample Hong Kong-themed dishes organized by time of day such as "Breakfast," "Tea Time," "Night Market,' or "Late Night" meals. Dim Sum by Red Farm, favorites from Queens food stand Outer Borough, and sumptuous fare from chefs Anita Lo and Pichet Ong are just some of the culinary highlights promised for the night. Tickets are $88 per person and include all food and drinks for the evening. Guests must be 21 and over. "Boarding" begins at 7:00 pm, and the event ends at 10:00 pm.
It's almost Christmas, which means lots of you will be heading home for some home-cooked holiday goodness. Staying in on Christmas definitely has it's perks: everybody loves a low-key family evening. But what about those of us who'd prefer to hit the town? Well, we're in luck: a wide variety of restaurants have recently started offering Christmas meals that celebrate the holiday in top culinary form. Whether you're taking out family, friends, or just yourself, eating out on Christmas has been revolutionized: it's not just Chinese takeout anymore! Here are our top picks for places where you can enjoy yourself this Christmas.
Mondy night, Joonbug headed down to The Waterfront for New York Taste, and we were honestly blown away. We’d heard that the annual food fest--hosted by New York Magazine since 1998--was something special, but the whole evening exceeded even our raised expectations. New York Taste was truly an exploration as much as an exhibition of the best of the New York culinary scene, representing the traditional and the cutting edge alike, (often in the same dish.) It also provided a unique opportunity to meet the inspired men and women behind the food. Dishes were prepared on-site, allowing us to glimpse the artistry of the work in progress, and the very approachable chefs fielded questions and greeted diners all night. It was an immersive experience, something more intimate than you’d find if you went to any one of the Chef’s brick-and-mortar locations, that was still casual enough to enjoy freely. In all, a fabulous event.
While standing on the sidewalk outside of 529 Hudson Street in the West Village the last thought that crosses your mind is that you’re about to walk into a modern Chinese restaurant. The 1828 townhouse that’s parlor-level space now holds Ed Schoenfeld’s RedFarm, has a rustic, farmhouse feel. Not your immediate vision of a modern Chinese restaurant but somehow the farm-look works. Ed Schoenfeld, a food expert responsible for Chinatown Brasserie, Pig Heaven, and other Asian restaurants throughout the city, grew up Jewish in Brooklyn but always gravitated toward Chinese cuisine. Schoenfeld is living proof that food can easily cross all boundaries no matter your culinary and cultural upbringing.
Feel like trading in your home-cooked feast for a night of turkey filled fine dining? If so, hit these restaurants serving up traditional and twisted takes on T-day dinner:
Keepin’ It Classic: Jo’s Nolita
This Nolita gem is serving up turkey and all the fixins with a Eurasian twist. This three-course menu kicks off with your choice of Spiced Butternut Squash Soup or Quinoa Salad followed by Shrimp Sambal Tumis or Sake Poached Asian Pear Salad. For the main course opt for Herb Roasted Turkey aside sautéed brussel sprouts, sweet potato puree, pan roasted herb stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce or a veg friendly entrée of mushroom risotto. And, for dessert dive into a traditional pumpkin pie. Jo's is serving up their feast from 2 - 8 p.m.