Taste of Tribeca, a culinary festival that benefits Tribeca’s PS 150 and PS 234 schools in New York City, was held on May 21 — and it rocked. Here’s what went down at the annual, can’t-miss food extravaganza!
The Taste of Tribeca festival is held to benefit local public schools in NYC, and it’s always a blast! This year, over 65 of Tribeca’s most amazing restaurants participated, along with local wine shops and pubs. With live music, kids’ activities and more, this is absolutely a festival that you’ll want a ticket to next year. Read on to see what we ate!
Though this fest boasts a variety of activities, it’s mostly about the food, of course. Each GA ticket was good for 6 dishes from the participating restaurants, and let me tell you, it was not easy to choose. Here are the restaurants I redeemed my ticket for, plus what I ate from each:
The dish: Simmered porkbelly with sesame soy sauce and rice
Rating: 5 stars. The flavor was awesome, and it was a hearty portion, which can be somewhat rare when more expensive restaurants participate. Bouley, another restaurant from famed chef David Bouley, was also serving up bites, but it wasn’t nearly as good a bang for your buck.
Celeb fans: Michelle Obama loves this Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant.
The dish: Steak tartare on grilled filone bread
Rating: 3.5 stars. It was good, but a little underwhelming. I’m not generally a pâté fan, and this dish evoked as much. Still, it was worth eating, and I plan on paying a visit to this Marc Forgione steakhouse next chance I get.
The dish: English pea tart with bacon vinaigrette and feta cheese
Rating: 5 stars. Bursting with a medley of spring-y flavors, this concoction was a delightful breath of fresh air.
Celeb fans: Patricia Arquette and Danny Glover have been spotted here.
The dish: Seaweed rice and black sesame dessert
Rating: 5 stars. Like Brushstroke, it was a great value, especially because they included dessert as a bonus dish. Salmon sashimi mingled beautifully with the seaweed rice, and I had to put in an effort to not wolf it down. The dessert was a gourmet ordeal in itself — fluffy meringue, caramel sauce and cream combined with a savory black sesame flavor for an unexpected but sweet experience.
The dish: Risotto with porcini mushroom, spring peas and parmigiano reggiano
Rating: 4 stars. Great flavor, but the risotto was a little crunchy for my taste. I get it — it’s hard to cook gourmet dishes at the speed of light on a hot plate outside under a tent — but texture is incredibly important. Good thing the flavor was out of this world!
The dish: Meatball slider
Rating: 4 stars. This classic, homey dish felt like the sort of grub one should be eating outdoors at a food festival. It was just the right amount of spicy, and chocolate covered almonds for dessert were a cute touch.
Celeb fans: Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat and more have been known to flock here during the Tribeca Film Festival.
Overall, it was a Saturday well spent!
HollywoodLifers, check out the official website for more info about next year’s festival!