After much success last year, Tasting Brooklyn came back for round two. A diverse collection of restaurants and foodie havens were serving up some prime bites last night and not to worry - we will let you know which ones were the cream of the crop. Attendees included:
An Nhau, Arancini Bros, Benchmark Restaurant, Cheryl's Global Soul, D. Coluccio & Sons, Egg, Fornino Park Slope, Fort Reno, Kiwiana, Littleneck Restaurant, Loreley Williamsburg, Maison Premiere, Palo Santo, Robicelli's, SoCo Restaurant, Stone Park Cafe, Sweet Loren's, Tchoup Shop, The Chocolate Room, The Meatball Shop, The Saint Austere, The Sunburnt Calf BK, and Wild Rise.
Yea, that's a whole mouthful of food! And that doesn't even include the beverages that were being poured. Arancini Bros served up three different kinds of authentic Sicilian rice balls. Wild Rise served up some Neopolitan pizza with a tangy wild yeast crust. They even had a microscope set up so you could check out the yeast they use in their 'za. SoCo dished out bbq shrimp gumbo, Stone Park Cafe wowed guests with their short rib sliders, and Littleneck served New England Clam Chowder.
Fornino receives an honorable mention for its delicious aranchine and crispy risotto balls, which were the perfect appetizer. Cheryl's Global Soul also receives an honorable mention for their delicious curry crab salad, which was worthy of seconds, as well as their gingerale and cachaca cocktail. But the winners are tied with The Sunburnt Calf's steam bun with red braised pork belly radish and pea sprouts and The Saint Austere with their creamy polenta with sausage and cipollini, which you just couldn't get enough of.
But now on to desserts. We gotta give a shout out to The Chocolate Room for their chocolate covered smores with caramel and Sweet Loren's for their melt-in-your-mouth double chocolate chunk cookies. And surprisingly, the drinks that stood out the most were non-alcoholic. Brooklyn Soda Works was pouring glasses of apple and ginger soda that was so incredibly refreshing and HoneyDrop Beverages, which use only honey as sweetener, and their Blood Orange juice was very popular.
So Brooklynites, now you know which places are worth checking out this Spring, and Manhattanites, when you wanna cross the bridge, you now know where you gotta go!