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 6 PM 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 7 PM. 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!
Words by Adrian Spinelli