What do you get when you put 84 restaurants with mouthwatering food in front of thousands of hungry New Yorkers? It can only be one of the best food events of the year – Choice Eats.

credit Laura June Kirsch
Photo Credit: Laura June Kirsch

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, OvenlyRubirosa 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!

Mable's Smokehouse Beef Brisket
Mable’s Smokehouse Beef Brisket with Candied Yams

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).

Little Prince Steak Tartare
Little Prince Steak Tartare with Fried Capers, Aioli and Grilled Bread

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!

Ovenly Sconewiches
Ovenly Sconewiches

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.

Rubirosa Braciole Tortelli
Rubirosa Braciole Tortelli Served with Roasted Garlic and Herb Croutons

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.

Mooncake Foods Shanghai Dumplings
Mooncake Foods Shanghai Dumplings with Spicy Garlic Dipping Sauce

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.

Coppelia Arepas
Coppelia Arepas – Corn Cakes, Shredded Chicken, Guacamole, Rocoto Sauce
Max Restaurant Meat Lasagna
Max Restaurant Meat Lasagna
John Brown Smokehouse
John Brown Smokehouse
Queens Comfort Atomic Mac & Cheese
Queens Comfort Atomic Mac & Cheese
BobWhite Lunch and Supper Counter Cheese Biscuits
BobWhite Lunch and Supper Counter Cheese Biscuits with Country Ham and a Squash Pickle
Sheep Station Roasted (Aussie) Leg of Lamb Sandwich
Sheep Station Roasted (Aussie) Leg of Lamb Sandwich with Sauteed Onions, Tomato, Garlic Mayo, Baby Arugula on a Po Boy
Scratchbread Bread and Bacon
Scratchbread Bread and Bacon
Kaia Wine Bar Chicken Liver Parfait
Kaia Wine Bar Chicken Liver Parfait with a Raspberry Peri Peri Gelee
Ample Hills Creamery Ice Cream
Ample Hills Creamery Ice Cream – Salted Crack Caramel, Sweet as Honey, Gather ‘Round the Campfire
Luke's Lobster Maine Crab Rolls
Luke’s Lobster Maine Crab Rolls
Mexico Lindo Banana Leaf Steamed Local Rabbit Tacos
Mexico Lindo Banana Leaf Steamed Local Rabbit Tacos with Cascabel Mole Rojo and Butternut Squash, Garnished with Micro Cilantro and Almonds
Ovelia Psistaria Bar Greek Coffee Steak
Ovelia Psistaria Bar Greek Coffee Steak with Mushroom Halloumi Poutine
Pete Zaaz Baked Potato Pizza in an Egg Roll
Pete Zaaz Baked Potato Pizza in an Egg Roll
The Meatball Shop Beef Meatballs
The Meatball Shop Beef Meatballs with Classic Tomato Sauce and Parmesan Cheese
Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue Burnt Ends
Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue Burnt Ends
Donut Plant Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut
Donut Plant Peanut Butter and Jelly Donut
End of Choice Eats
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