After Hurricane Sandy, the restaurants and businesses nestled in Lower Manhattan, specifically Financial District and the Historic South Street Seaport. It has certainly come back full force and The Taste of the Seaport is just one of events that proves its triumphant return.
Now in its 6th year, The Taste of the Seaport is an annual festival that celebrates the amazing food and beverage scene of the area with proceeds of ticket sales benefitting arts and enrichment program at two local elementary schools, PS 343 The Peck Slip School and PS 397 The Spruce Street School.
Participants of the event went beyond just the restaurants – teachers, faculty, kids and parents were found taking tickets, playing games and roaming the event making sure everyone was happily fed. The play center consisted of hot Super Soccer Star coaches teaching kids soccer moves, an area filled with empty boxes to create epic cardboard forts and a Dunkin Donut station to decorate Munchkins. It was a feel good day that was creating something positive for the entire community and filling bellies with yummy food.
Mad Dog & Beans Mexican Cantina
83 Pearl Street
Mad Dog & Beans Mexican Cantina is a casual-upscale Mexican restaurant featuring a traditional Mexican menu. The theme is based on the Mexican Revolution. The menu items do feature those expected Mexican dishes but it adds in a flare that creates a sense of posh.
Bacon, Bacon, BACON. This was one of the longest lines at the event and rightfully so. This little piece of heaven serves bacon as an appetizer on the menu. Thick sizzling Canadian bacon with a sweetness to it to be exact. If you’re too poor to eat at a steakhouse (prices are actually not too cray) just go for a drink and order some of this mouthwatering pig.
Grand Central Terminal, 87 E 42nd St
Macaroons are still the belle of the pastry ball and Financier Patisserie has a wide variety to choose from in addition to their other sweets. Savory food is also served at this Parisan inspired café. Plus all of the deserts are packaged in so sweet packaging donning the color scheme of the café. Cedar Local 25 Cedar St The namesake coming from the street it’s resides on and the hope that it possesses a community atmosphere, Cedar Local is brings warmth and homegrown experience. Cedar Local features a menu that is approachable yet magnifies that flavors of each precious ingredient. This was apparent in the rich tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons that were served the day of the event.
Magic Mix Juicery
102 Fulton St
Only thing more fresh than the juices and zucchini pizza bites served at the Magic Mix Juicery stand was the owner, Jil Larsen. It’s her mission to make healthy living effortless, efficient and simple so you can add in the good which naturally crowds out the bad. As the website states, healthy shouldn’t have to mean depriving yourself and it is apparent in the concoctions that are created at this restaurant. When you’re just too darn lazy to create a healthy meals that still tastes satisfying, head to Magic Mix Juicery order guilt-free.
Not just an unassuming boozy joint, Bavaria Beer House serves traditional food perfect for munching on in between pints. Served at the event was a crispy pork belly and cheddar cheese slider with the buns being waffles.
Vintry Wine and Whiskey
57 Stone Street
Vintry Wine & Whiskey offers an intimate setting for the enjoyment of great wines, hand-crafted cocktails, whiskeys from around the world and craft beer. Executive Chef Joseph Mallol has created a menu of tapas-style small plates inspired by the Old World regions of France, Italy & Spain. We were lucky enough to taste the outrageously delicious Truffle Mushroom Cavatelli, Sage & Parmesan. The dish had distinct and full flavors with the truffle dancing, yes dancing, in your mouth.
Other standouts include:
- Stout NYC – 133 W 33rd St
- Acqua – 21 Peck Slip, Water St
- Ulysses’ A Folk House – 95 Pearl St
- Trading Post – 170 John St
– Lauren Wire