This event was held last week at it’s new location – Basketball City at Pier 36 – and these new digs did Choice Eats right. The space was enormous – meaning more restaurants, more food, more drinks and more hungry people. As usual, the food was incredible. I had my stretchy pants on for this annual all-you-can-eat pig-out and enjoyed nearly everything there was to sample. I try to use this event to discover some new spots across the city to check out. While it’s difficult to pick the best dish, some of my favorites included Mable’s Smokehouse, Little Prince, Ovenly, Rubirosa and Mooncake Foods. Food porn is below, starting with my favorites. And for those of you that missed Choice Eats, don’t worry. Its sister event, Choice Streets, featuring some of New York City’s top food trucks, is coming up shortly! Buy your tickets soon, you won’t be disappointed!
As usual, Mable’s Smokehouse had beef brisket that gave my mouth a burst of flavor before it quickly dissolved. This meat was so tender, no chewing necessary. The candied yams provided a quick sugar fix to help me power through the rest of the night. I won’t lie, I may have gone back to Mable’s booth twice (or
three four times).
Buttery grilled bread topped with perfectly seasoned steak tartare. What more can you ask for? This was only a tease though and I’m looking to head to Little Prince soon to check out the rest of the menu!
We can’t forget about dessert. My vote for most unique dessert of the night goes to Ovenly for their savory scones. This blue cheese and pecan scone had a deliciously unexpected flavor. After a few bites, I quickly figured out why these scones were going fast. Great combination of sweet and savory.
These little tortelli packed a serious flavor punch. Stuffed with braciole, the pasta melted in my mouth as the filing coated my tongue. After this, I will be visiting Rubirosa soon, VERY soon.
I didn’t know what to expect from Mooncake foods, but now know that I need to get over to one of their locations ASAP. If all Asian comfort food looks and tastes as good as these dumplings, sign me up.