If there were ever a good reason to go to Brooklyn from Manhattan, Tasting Brooklyn would be it. Brooklyn Exposed, the resource for everything Brooklyn, hosted their second annual fete in the epitome of Brooklyn spaces, the Dumbo Loft, this past Tuesday.

If you were visiting from Manhattan, you’d probably see some familiar faces, like Sunburnt Calf BK, that featured a pork bun and “Moo Juice,” Loreley, which offered an authentic sausage sampler platter and selection of beers, DBA  paired with Tchoup Shop which played host to handmade duck liver brisket boudin ball sliders, and one of my favorites of the night, the Meatball Shop, showcasing their Greek style lamb balls with Greek salad and yogurt sauce.

Some other notable tables were Kiwiana, where the meat literally fell off the bone of the Marmite and Manuka Braised Baby Back Ribs and Kale Slaw. Chef Mark Simmons obviously knew the outcome of tasting the dish saying, “This is a life changer, I hope you’re ready.” There was a  Pastrami Style House-Cured Short Rib with truffled sauerkraut, rye, and Brighton Beach Dressing from Benchmark Restaurant, where the meat just melted in your mouth. Next to that  table was St. Austere, where I tasted the creamiest polenta I had ever had! Although there were many other good dishes, the last great dish title has to go to the Braised Short Rib Slider with creamed spinach and beet relish on a housemade potato roll from Stone Park Cafe.


Although my stomach was teetering on obscene fulfillment, I had to try dessert and was immediately disappointed with the options, except for one. Robicellis, which has had exposure at events at the Bell House and Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, was our last bite of the night, and was definitely the sweetest. I opted for the Tres Leches, which was the perfect combination of moist cake and sweet frosting.

The team behind Wild Rise, with their innovative microscope set up, asked if I live in Brooklyn, and my most honest answer was, “No, but I’d come out here for great food,” and I meant it! This event was a great opportunity to try foods from restaurants I’ve never been to and give me a reason to seek out their restaurant for the full experience at a later date. I definitely recommend it for those that want to see the culinary talent currently hiding out in Brooklyn.

– Stephanie C.