Culinary Delight | Village Voice’s Choice Eats Annual Tasting Event Recap

Culinary heaven thy name is the Village Voice’s Choice Eats. We had the immense pleasure of indulging in some of the most delicious and eclectic range of unlimited culinary delights from some of the most well-known and hidden gem restaurants New York has to offer. This year, 84 restaurants from the 5 boroughs participated in this year’s food bonanza that offered food varieties from over 35 countries, to an audience of 3,000 people. For us the event started an hour earlier in the VIP Lounge located in the upstairs level of Basketball City. We had the opportunity to spoil ourselves in some decadent noshes.

Ten restaurants were in the VIP Lounge, which was sponsored by Stella Artois. The Belgium beer flowed as we enjoyed fare from Carlo’s Bakery, Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen, Grandaisy Bakery, Doughnut Plant, Juliette, Rosamunde Sausage Grill, Morgan’s Brooklyn Barbeque, La Slowteria, Pickle Shack, and Clarke’s Standard. Our favorites from the VIP Lounge included the amazing Red Velvet Cake from Carlo’s Bakery, a delight everyone must experience, just about everything from Doughnut Plant, the grilled sausages from Rosamunde’s Sausage Grill, and the Sweet Grill Cheese from Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen.

On the main floor, attendees were more than happy with the unlimited wine, beer, and spirits tastings from local brewers as they sampled barbecue, seafood, vegetarian dishes, dessert, and everything in between. And although it was very crowded, we did get to enjoy quite a bit, so much so that we’ve added a few restaurants to our “must dine” list. Maima’s Liberian Bistro brought us back to our love of spicy exotic fare, you can’t not love Luke’s Lobster, the ribs from Martha Brooklyn melted in our mouths, while Devi NYC and The Kati Roll Company wowed us with their vegetarian choices, and Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken gave us the soul food we’ve been missing. On the sweet side, we’ve been craving Ample Hills Creamery‘s Gather ‘Round the Campfire ice cream, and Fay Da Bakery‘s Mango Cake and bubble tea.

When it was time to head on to cocktails, it seemed an unlimited supply was in store for every person. Whether you prefered vodka, Gin, Bourbon, wine, et al, this event was beyond prepared to keep the libations flowing.

The Village Voice also announced the return of their next foodie event, the third annual “Choice Streets” Food Truck Tasting Event, set to be held on Wednesday, May 7th from 7:00 – 11:00 PM (Rain Date: May 9th). Set amid the backdrop of the New York Landmark – Pier 86 of The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum – attendees will feast and enjoy an evening of fabulous food and drinks with an amazing view of New York City.

Kicking off Streets, The Village Voice is offering a limited time exclusive Choice Eats/Choice Streets General Admission combo ticket for only $89.00 (original price $110.00). This ticket offers guests a $21.00 total savings from the $60.00 “Choice Eats” ticket/ $50.00 “Choice Streets” ticket. Exclusive combo tickets went on sale Wednesday, March 12th, for a limited time only here: http://www.villagevoice.com/choiceeats.

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