For some novelty items, Edi & the Wolf served lightly torched arctic char, while Obao turned a cabbage leaf into a massamun chicken curry dip with potatoes, carrots and fresh veggies. The Sea Grill’s station had a fantastic setup with different levels displaying shells and showing off the sepia carbonara with a poached egg and delicious bacon cream.
Shigure present us with roasted duck as we’ve never seen it before with pickled melon. Cherry meshed savory and dessert in one unique mangalista pork macaron with umeshu shiso foie gras and pork caramel ganach. Sweet and salty come together in one confusing (yet delicious?) bite.
To put a different cultural spin with some Latin influence, Yerba Buena Perry served tacos de costilla filled with flavorful braised beef short rib, sambal, tomatillo, cilantro, and onions. Bell Book & Candle had a different type of taco with lobster topped with avocado tomatillo sauce. For some southern flare, Blue Smoke stirred things up with their smoked duck gumbo with tasso ham and Andouille sausage.
To finish the night off with dessert, Rita’s Italian Ice was there for some refreshing dessert. I mixed the mango with the pina colada for a delicious tropical feel. Spot Dessert Bar enticed us with a single serving cup of peach crumble and Thai tea pudding topped with crumbled Oreos.
It’s not a fun party without some great picture! The first photo booth we came across was Picsfly. With the overwhelming presence of social media and everyone showing off photos on Instagram, guests were told to tag their Instagram photos of the event with #PBPNY13, and the tagged photo would print to their handy little photo printing machine. Instant gratification of seeing your Instagram photos coming to life!
As if that didn’t already blow my mind away, there was a SECOND photo station by Lumi8. There were only two guys manning the station, but the whole process went by seamlessly. The photo-taking process was simple, and the printing process was almost instantaneous! No huge giant crowd hovering around the booth waiting for pictures – they were pros who had the print-out of your four shots printed almost as soon as you stepped out. Hands down the most efficient photo booth I ever had the pleasure of experiencing!
The event ended with guests frantically bidding on over 100 different silent auction items. This was the most amazing display of auction items I’ve ever seen, ranging from restaurant gift certificates, vacation packages, autographed merchandise, jewelry, and even Zombie laser tag (which I won, so call me if you want to join my team).