Last week on November 1st, I stuffed myself silly at the 12th annual New York Taste 2010 alongside throngs of foodies and restaurateurs.  A taste bud’s dream come true!

New York culinary editor Gillian Duffy hosted the event at the Skylight in the West Village.  The super go-getters and VIP ticket holders started at 6:00 pm sharp, getting a head start on feasting.

There were tons of famed restaurants and chefs present, including:  Shaun Hergatt, Michael Lomonaco, Morimoto, Marcus Samuelsson, Bill Telepan, and many more.  Each restaurant had a stand present with a sampling of one of their signature dishes or drinks.

Highlighting some of my favorite dishes, I’m going to start with The Meatball Shop.  In terms of presentation, it’s tough to make scooping balls of meat drenched in sauce placed on top of yellow goop (polenta) look nice – but really, who cares if it tastes awesome?  Not to mention that they were super nice!  Find their shop in the Lower East Side, but except a huge long wait.  Better yet, just order take out and bring it home with you.


Look at these little dessert cups!  From Daniel, a honeycrisp apple confit with speculoos biscuit and smoked cinnamon ice cream:


Some refreshing corvina cerviche from Zengo and El Tamarindo drinks from La Biblioteca:


A pretty cool seafood display from Aquavit of cold smoked Nantucket bay scallops, red cabbage sauerkraut, and horseradish emulsion.  A little too salty for my taste, but A+ for presentation:

A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit City Harvest to help fight hunger, and the night was possible due to help from a few sponsors, including OpenSkies, Côtes du Rhône, and Stella Artois.

Check out some of our photos from the gallery and be jealous.  For more coverage, take a peek at Grub Street.


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