This year’s epic food coma-inducing Choice Eats tasting event featured more than 65 participants from across New York City’s dining scene. I checked it out with Laura of 89thandBroke.com and we were both rolling out of the building, stuffed to the brim.
Of course, you have some of your perennial favorites, such as Luke’s Lobster and Mable’s Smokehouse. Luke’s was serving up their usual shrimp rolls. These are nowhere near as good as the lobster rolls, but by the middle of the night Luke’s always has a line snaking throughout the crowds with people anxious to get their hands on these little guys. Word to the wise for future Choice Eats events – hit up this booth first.
This year, Mable’s went with jalapeno corn cakes topped with BBQ pulled pork and a maple-Maker’s Mark drizzle with a side of collard greens. If this doesn’t sound good to you, I don’t know what will. The meat was good (I’m not an enormous pulled pork fan), but I really liked the jalapeno corn cakes hiding underneath. This dish is on their brunch menu and I’d recommend checking out the super-sized version of it if you pay them a visit.
Layers of buttery lasagna noodles, cannoli custard, crunchy roasted hazelnuts, chopped Belgian chocolate and thick swirls of Nutella make up this delicious treat. There’s nothing else like it and I’m so glad I finally had the chance to give it a try.
I can’t forget Ample Hills Creamery and their delicious ice cream. This year’s flavors were salted crack caramel, chocolate milk and cookies, and snap mallow pop.
Snap mallow pop took the show. This deconstructed Rice Krispies Treats ice cream was unbelievably good. The taste brought me back to making homemade Rice Krispies Treats for school. (Only this time we were combining them with ice cream.) If you’re in Brooklyn stop by and check them out. No matter what the flavor, you really can’t go wrong here.
Another Choice Eats in the books! Don’t forget – there’s only so much time before we’re stuffing our faces again at Choice Streets on Tuesday, May 4th!