This past Wednesday, we had the pleasure of attending the private preview event for the Taste of Tribeca annual festival that will be on May 19th this year. The private event was hosted by the charming, Sarabeth’s Kitchen on Greenwich Street. Chefs from ten different restaurants and bakeries presented each tasting, and explained their involvement in Taste of Tribeca.
Every year, Taste of Tribeca hosts the infamous festival, rain or shine, where thousands of guests purchase tickets to try a variety of eats from high-end fancy restaurants to smaller mom-and-pop establishments, to the eat-on-the-go places and sweet-savory bakeries too! The only requirement is that each eatery must be located in Tribeca (and not even two blocks shy thereof).
Buy your ticket before May 1st to get the “Early Bird” special, for only $40, right here. Buying a ticket helps to raise money for PS150 and PS234’s arts and enrichment programs. The event goes from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., but don’t wait until the last hour to get started!
Since we got the sneak peek on what to expect, we thought we’d share with you a little bite of what will be at the festival, day of!
Chef: Lee Scheffler
Plate: Crabcake sliders served with a cookie
Review: This slider honestly tasted like it was fresh out of the oven. The bun was soft and airy and the crab was lean, with a crisp outside and light herbs.
Restaurant: The Palm
Chef: Luis Nieto
Plate: Braised short rib with horseradish cream sauce
Review: Sitting in a tiny pie shell and drizzled with a horseradish cream, this short rib had the perfect accompaniments.
Chef: Mark Spangenthal
Plate: House cured pastrami on rye with mustard & health salad
Review: Best pastrami we’ve ever had. Period.
Restaurant: Tre Sorelle
Chef: Gonnaro Martinelli
Plate: Stuffed spaghetti pie and rice ball and a panna cotta dessert
Review: The stuffed spaghetti was like a mac-n-cheese pie, and the mousse cream was succulent!
Restaurant: Grandaisy Bakery
Chef: Cristobal Julio Guarchaj
Plate: Roman style pizza
Review: So good, the waiter took it away too fast!
Restaurant: Pane Panelle
Chef: Paul Di Bari
Plate: Polpette meatballs in tomato sauce
Review: The meatballs were so good that we dived right in and forgot to take a photo.
Chef: Ronnie Esposito
Plate: Pulled pork sandwich with cole slaw and watermelon wedge
Review: This is amongst the favorites every year, as these sandwiches are some of the first to go on the day of the event. Map out your tour accordingly.
Restaurant: Blaue Gans
Chef: Kurt Gutenbrunner (not pictured here), Pictured above is his lovely Pastry Chef
Plate: Strawberry and Elderflower coup
Review: First, sip it using the straw, then scoop out the fruits. Very refreshing!
Chef: Ron Silver and Dani Finkel-Pitney
Plate: Apple Brown Betty
Review: This savory dessert reminded us of when we were kids and loved Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies! But, this was fresher, nuttier and sweeter. So good!
Restaurant: Billy’s Bakery
Chef: Molly Jahn
Plate: Red velvet and chocolate cupcake with an oatmeal fruit bar
Review: If you’ve never had Billy’s, you have not lived! The cupcakes are moist, the icing is creamy and sweet (but not too sweet), and the overall experience is addictive.
See details on the Taste of Tribeca Festival here.