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10th Annual Taste of the Upper West Side This May

I’m a downtown girl, but my favorite reason to head uptown is the Taste of the Upper West Side. It’s a great celebration of restaurants and chefs in the neighborhood. This year, it is being held Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20. Each night there’s a unique and fun event with a DJ and plenty of food from your favorite area restaurants.

Summer in the City: Surf & Turf, an event hosted by celebrity chefs Alex Guarnaschelli & Adam Richman, along with Frank Bruni, former New York Times restaurant critic and author of A Meatloaf in Every Oven
When: Friday, May 19, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where:  Grand Tent, O’Shea Complex Schoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets
Participating restaurants include Maison Pickle, The Fat Monk, Kirsh Bakery, Sugar Factory American Brasserie, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, Momofuku Milk Bar, Shake Shack, Playa Betty’s, The Meatball Shop, Han Dynasty…to name a few.
Cost:  $105 per person or 2 for $185
The first 200 ticket purchasers will receive a copy of Alex Guarnaschelli’s OldSchool Comfort Food or Frank Bruni’s A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes from Mom’s to Mario Batali’s.                                                      

 

Best of the West VIP Reception Presented by 21 West End, an event hosted by Jesse Palmer, host of Disney’s ESPN and ABC Networks, along with James Beard Award-winners Chef April Bloomfield and Restaurateur Ken Friedman
When: Saturday, May 20th, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Grand Tent, O’Shea Complex Schoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets
Participating restaurants include Jean Georges, Boulud Sud, Rosa Mexiano, The Leopard at des Artistes, Jacques Torres Chocolate, Carmine’sto name a few.
VIP Cost: $225 per person (VIP ticket holders have a private lounge area and receive a gift bag.)
The first 100 VIP Ticket purchasers will receive a complimentary,
signed copy of April Bloomfield’s new book (one per order, only).

 

Best of the West Presented by Park West Village, an event hosted by Jesse Palmer, host of Disney’s ESPN and ABC Networks, along with James Beard Award-winners Chef April Bloomfield and Restaurateur Ken Friedman
When: Saturday, May 20th
General Admission: 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Grand Tent, O’Shea Complex Schoolyard, Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets
Participating restaurants include Jean Georges, Boulud Sud, Rosa Mexiano, The Leopard at des Artistes, Jacques Torres Chocolate, Carmine’sto name a few.
General Admission Cost:  $135 per person or 2 for $250

 

The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (“BID”), a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit, created the annual event and donates all net proceeds to the area for improvement and beautification projects.

 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://tasteuws.com/

The 8th Annual New Taste of the Upper West Side This May

This May, get ready for the 8th annual New Taste of the Upper West Side, a three-night celebration of the restaurants and chefs of the Upper West Side, and one of my favorite food events in the city.  (I’ve written about New Taste of the Upper West Side before.)  This year, food celebrities NBC’s Adam Richman, host of Food Fighters, Food Network’s Anne Burrell, host of Worst Cooks of America, and Marc Murphy, owner and executive chef of Benchmarc Restaurants (Landmarc and Ditch Plains), executive chef of Kingside and judge of Food Network’s Chopped, will be hosting.  Over 80 area restaurants will be participating, some new and some returning, including Momofuku Milk BarBar Boulud, Boulud Sud, Sarabeth’s, The Meatball Shop, ParmRedFarm, Luke’s Lobster, Shake ShackRosa MexicanoTavern on the Green, and The Ribbon.  Participating chefs include Sarabeth Levine, Christina Tosi, Jacques Torres, Cesare Casella, Rich Torrisi and Bruce & Eric Bromberg.

Events include

1.  Soirée in the Park is an outdoor cocktail party with live chamber music, champagne and hors d’oeuvres from a number of restaurants like Sarabeth’s and Luke’s Lobster.  The event is a fundraiser for Theodore Roosevelt Park, surrounding the American Museum of Natural History, and all net proceeds are donated for park enhancements.

Where: Theodore Roosevelt Park

When: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM  (Rain Date: Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM)

Cost: $150 per person

2.  Comfort Classics presented by Sysco.  Forty UWS restaurants compete for “Best Comfort Food Dish.”  NBC’s Adam Richman, host of Food Fighters and author of  Straight Up Tasty (released May 2015) is host. Food Network’s  Katie Lee will be autographing a limited number of copies of her new book, Endless Summer CookbookChristina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar will be there along with Shake Shack, Sarabeth’s, The Meatball Shop and an impressive list of area restaurants. There will be international wine selections, cocktails and live music by the Silver Arrow Band. 

Where: Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets

When: Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Cost: $105 per person or 2 for $185

3.  Best of the West is an event celebrating the Upper West Side’s most famous and celebrated restaurants and chefs.  There will be wonderful cuisine, world-class wines and cocktails, and music by Joe Battaglia & The New York Big Band.  Hosts are Anne Burrell, host of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, and Marc Murphy, judge of Food Network’s Chopped.  Over 40 area restaurants will be participating.

Where: Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets

When: Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 7:30 PM – 10 PM

Cost: $135 per person or 2 for $250

Best of the West also offers a VIP experience, Best of the West VIP, with exclusive access to a private lounge to enjoy unlimited champagne. VIP guests receive a gift bag of goodies from Upper West Side shops and sponsors, and participate in private book signings with complimentary cookbooks from Anne Burrell and Marc Murphy.  VIP admission starts an hour earlier than the event, so you can mingle with star chefs.

Best of the West VIP

Where: Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets

When: Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 6:30 PM – 10 PM

Cost: $225 per person

This year’s event sponsors include Ford, New York Post, Palm Bay International, Sysco Foods, Manhattan Beer, Argo Real Estate, Brusco Group, Celebrity Cruises, Diamond Kosher Salt, Rosa Mexicano, The Westsider, The Spirit, Alan Garten & Friends, Barritt’s Ginger Beer, Beacon, Belvedere Capital, doNYC, Five Star Catering, Flowers on the Park, Jana Water, Polar Beverages, Richard Bloch Architect, Tito’s Vodka, West Side Rag and White Plains Linen.

The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (“BID”), a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit, created the annual event and donates all net proceeds to the area for improvement and beautification projects, such as the Columbus Avenue BID’s Sustainable Streetscape project, the Wellness in the Schools program, Greenhouse Classroom, Citymeals-on-Wheels and Theodore Roosevelt Park.