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.