Review: The Village Voice Choice Eats 7th Annual Tasting

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I descended upon Pier 36 for The Village Voice’s Annual Choice Eats tasting event. The promise of 86 New York City restaurants and over 40 breweries, wineries and spirits providers soon to be at my disposal offering their finest treats had me licking my chops and ready for a good time. The 6pm VIP arrival was the way to go, I had an hour to roam free, with essentially no lines for any of the stands and was able to chat up some of the vendors and find out more about their goodies too.

Right off the bat, I spotted my local East Village faves Luke’s Lobster serving up delectable crab rolls. I took down a roll and the gals behind the counter wisely advised me to “grab another one now!” Little did i know that Luke’s would have EASILY the longest line of the food festival when the general ticket holders entered the venue at 7pm. The next couple of hours were a foodie’s dream. Everything from bbq to dumplings and ramen came together with local and far reaching beers and spirits for a sinfully delicious event. Many thanks to the Valley Voice and check out our highlights in pictures below!

The aforementioned Crab rolls from luke's lobster were a treat that became harder to get as the festival rolled along!

The aforementioned Crab rolls from luke’s lobster were a treat that became harder to get as the festival rolled along!

Johnny from Tito's vodka whipped up a refreshing cooler made with Tito's vodka, st. germain, ginger beer and lime juice.

Johnny from Tito’s vodka whipped up a refreshing cooler made with Tito’s vodka, st. germain, ginger beer and lime juice.

Any whiskey aficionado would be crazy to pass up a taste of Four roses single barrel bourbon!

Any whiskey aficionado would be crazy to pass up a taste of Four roses single barrel bourbon!

The Mushroom and pork dumplings from Mooncake were plump and delicious

The Mushroom and pork dumplings from Mooncake were plump and delicious

My winner of the festival was the Greek coffee rubbed steak with mushroom halloumi poutine from Ovelia Psistaria Bar in Astoria. I'll be there soon for dinner!

My winner of the festival was the Greek coffee rubbed steak with mushroom halloumi poutine from Ovelia Psistaria Bar in Astoria. I’ll be there soon for dinner!

I took a minute to relax and gaze at the marvelous crowd with a Glimmerglass from Cooperstown's Ommegang Brewery (my favorite beer of the festival) and doughnut plant's coconut cream creation!

I took a minute to relax and gaze at the marvelous crowd with a Glimmerglass from Cooperstown’s Ommegang Brewery (my favorite beer of the festival) and doughnut plant’s coconut cream creation!


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