Harlem EatUp! Festival, Taste of Hope, New Taste of the UWS

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
May 11, 2016 2:41 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Harlem EatUp! Festival

Harlem’s grand food festival is back for a second year. Harlem chefs will collaborate with guest chefs for special dinners, like Marcus Samuelsson and Bobby Flay at Ginny’s Supper Club, Joseph “JJ” Johnson and Jonathan Waxman at The Cecil, Kenichi Tajima and Andy Ricker at Mountain Bird, and Kenneth Woods and Daniel Boulud at Sylvia’s Restaurant. 

There will also be an outdoor market with tastings of Harlem bites, cocktails, and craft beers, alongside cooking demos by top chefs. $80 to $230 per person for ticketed events.

Thursday, May 19–Sunday, May 22
Various locations

Taste of Tribeca

Get ready to sample the best eats from Tribeca restaurants, all to benefit local public schools P.S. 150 and P.S. 234. At the outdoor festival, taste dishes from participating restaurants like Bouley, Duane Park Patisserie, Maman, The Odeon, and Tribeca Grill. For beer and wine lovers, Taste of Tribeca has organized tours to different wine shops and pubs around the neighborhood. The festival will also feature live music and child-friendly activities.

Saturday, May 21
11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Duane St. (between Greenwich & Hudson streets)

The Many Hues of Rosé

Learn about the many varieties of summertime rosés at the French Institute Alliance Française, and how to pick the right bottle for your entertaining needs. There will be a tasting of six wines, with a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, and breads to pair. $115 per person, $95 for members.

Monday, May 23
7 p.m.
French Institute Alliance Française
Le Skyroom
22 E. 60th St. 

SoleLuna serves food at a previous Taste of Sunnyside event. (Courtesy of Taste of Sunnyside)
SoleLuna serves food at a previous Taste of Sunnyside event. (Courtesy of Taste of Sunnyside)

Taste of Sunnyside

Underneath the elevated No. 7 train tracks, you’ll get to sample the diverse eats of the Sunnyside neighborhood in Queens. Participating eateries include Punda Tibetan Restaurant, Arriba Arriba (Mexican), Nonna Gina Brick Oven Pizzeria, Salt & Fat (new American), and Tito Rad’s Grill (Filipino).

Libations will be provided by local breweries and wine purveyors. $35 per person, $65 for VIP.

Tuesday, May 24
5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Queens Boulevard & 46th St. (under the train tracks)

Chef Kenji Chiba's Tokyo-style shoyu ramen. (Courtesy of Ramen Lab)
Chef Kenji Chiba’s Tokyo-style shoyu ramen. (Courtesy of Ramen Lab)

Ramen Lab

The latest guest chef at Sun Noodle’s Ramen Lab is Kenji Chiba, founder of the Japan Ramen Association and owner of the Chibakiya ramen shops in Tokyo, Yokohama, Sendai, and Fukuoka. Chiba is serving classic Tokyo-style shoyu (soy sauce-based) ramen with pork “chashu,” a bowl of perfectly seasoned broth—comforting in its simplicity, not too salty or overpowering in flavor.

One of Chiba’s claim to fame is popularizing the use of the soft-boiled egg with a semi-solid, semi-liquid yolk. Unlike the typical preparation, the egg is not runny and won’t spill into the broth.

Tuesday–Saturday, through May 28
5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Ramen Lab
70 Kenmare St.

Urbanspace Garment District

The outdoor market in the Garment District has returned. Vendors’ treats range from Melt Bakery ice cream sandwiches, to La Sonrisa empanadas, to Red Hook Lobster Pound lobster rolls. 

Monday–Saturday, through June 24
11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Broadway (between 40th & 41st streets)

Taste of Hope With American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is honoring celebrity chef David Burke, philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff, and owner of Myriad Restaurant Group (Bâtard, Nobu, Tribeca Grill) Drew Nieporent, at its 11th annual benefit event. A slew of restaurants will provide tastings and beverages, including Telepan, La Fonda del Sol, Magnolia Bakery, and Voilà Chocolat. $200 per person, $275 for VIP.

Wednesday, May 25
7 p.m.
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St.

Dishes prepared at the 2014 New Taste of the Upper West Side event. (Courtesy of New Taste of the Upper West Side)
Dishes prepared at the 2014 New Taste of the Upper West Side event. (Courtesy of New Taste of the Upper West Side)

New Taste of the Upper West Side

The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District is hosting a two-day food festival to raise money for the neighborhood’s charities and beautification projects. The first day is themed Surf and Turf for a summer soirée filled with food and drinks from local restaurants, like Maison Pickle, Playa Betty’s, Momofuku Milk Bar, and Shake Shack. The event will be hosted by Food Network’s Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli. 

The second day is themed Best of the West, with Crave Fishbar, RedFarm, Orwasher’s Bakery, Boulud Sud, and other local favorites. Both days will feature live music. $105 to $225 per person.

Friday, June 3 & Saturday, June 4
Columbus Avenue (between 76 & 77 streets)

Avocado Toast. (Courtesy of Bedford & Co)
Avocado Toast. (Courtesy of Bedford & Co)

Bedford & Co Brunch

Chef John DeLucie is debuting a brunch menu inspired by his travels to Argentina, featuring several wood fire grilled dishes like the Rotisserie Chicken Salad with haricot vert, nugget potatoes, whole grain mustard vinaigrette, and poached egg; Prime Hanger Steak with market greens, bernaise, and fries; and the Bedford Burger—a sure-fire hangover killer with a hunk of tender pork belly atop a burger patty. The made-to-order cinnamon buns are also a must try. Gooey and sweet, they are a leisurely pleasure to unravel over the course of brunch.

Bedford & Co 
118 E. 40th St. 

Mother’s Ruin Brunch

Popular bar Mother’s Ruin is now serving brunch seven days a week. Its twists on classic brunch comfort dishes include the “Real Deal” Maryland Crab Cake Benedict, with big chunks of Chesapeake Bay jumbo lump crabmeat, tangy Old Bay remoulade, and home fries; Mother’s Biscuits and Gravy with piquant and spicy sausage gravy, poached egg, and fiery pickled cherry peppers; and “Eggo” Waffles—Cholula hot sauce-honey fried chicken served over Eggo waffles with buttermilk dressing and scallions.

As for drinks, if you want to make up for ordering an indulgent brunch on a weekday, get the Mother’s Cure cocktail, made with Cruzan blackstrap rum (molasses has essential minerals!), Lillet Rouge, lemon, and a strong kick of ginger (lots of medicinal qualities there) that’s moderated by the gentle fragrance of mint. And don’t forget the dangerous boozy slushies—they’re made with virtuous ingredients like beet and citrus juices, plus a nice dose of rum to keep it fun.

11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mother’s Ruin
18 Spring St.

The Forbidden Fruit cocktail. (Courtesy of Mother of Pearl)
The Forbidden Fruit cocktail. (Courtesy of Mother of Pearl)

Mother of Pearl Vegan Brunch

Polynesian-inspired vegan restaurant Mother of Pearl is now serving vegetable-centric brunch dishes like Panikeke Lapotopoto, fried pancake balls with ambrosia fruit salad, coconut cream, and pineapple rum sauce; Avocado French Toast with ricotta, Sriracha maple syrup, and ambrosia fruit salad; and Cantaloupe Gazpacho with crème fraîche, pineapple salsa, and chili pepper gastrique. 

Sunny cocktail options include Mexican Summer, with watermelon sugar, lime, and tequila, and Gotcha Colada with matcha, coconut, and rum.

Saturdays & Sundays
11:30 a.m.
Mother of Pearl
95 Avenue A