Choice Eats 2011: The Village Voice’s 4th Annual Tasting Event

Choice Eats 2011: The Village Voice’s 4th Annual Tasting Event


It’s that most wonderful time of the year – well for foodies at least.

The Village Voice held its 4th Annual Tasting Event – The Choice Eats at the 69th Armory today and of course I was there.

This year the participation was stellar with over 90 restaurants from in and around New York City. The Armory was lined up – end to end with great food and drink just waiting to be had.

There was Liberian and Nigerian food (my two favorites). There was Peruvian, Greek, Thai, Taiwanese street food and so much more.

Del Posto had the longest line which was worth waiting on for their delicious Chocolate and Eggplant creation. Luke’s Losbter, as always, had a fabulous shrimp roll. Other stand outs were Egg, Cascabel, Patacon Pisao, Resto and  Nha Toi. Some tables I just didn’t get to and others ran out of food like Porchetta, Dirt Candy (no fair) and the Nigerian place called Buka – I literally sampled a sip of their stunning goat soup – its a must try.




They had Choice Streets ( food trucks) lined up outside that you could feast on as you waited on line to get in. My favorites were The Wafles and Dinges Truck and Tiam Mobile.

And then there was Choice Sweets as you exited which doled out bite sized cupcakes, incredible ice cream and homemade cookies.


But the main event of course was the Choice Eats. Though I swore I would get to every table this time….I petered out before even finishing half the room.

Aww well  – there’s always next year….

 

Here are some of the highlights of my evening.

 

CHOICE STREETS ( The Amuse Bouche)

 

WAFELS AND DINGES

 

 

THE TIAM MOBILE : FALAFEL & SMOOTHIE TRUCK

 

 

CHOICE EATS ( The Main Event)


EGG

 

THE MEATBALL SHOP

 

LUKE’S LOBSTER

 

CASCABEL TAQUERIA

 

DEL POSTO

 

BUKA (Nigerian Food)

 

THE SUNBURNT CALF

 

MAIMA’S LIBERIAN BISTRO

 

THE VANDERBILT

 

PATACON PISAO

 

BARK HOT DOGS

 

RED HOOK LOBSTER POUND

 

CONEY ISLAND TASTE

 

NHA TOI

 

MEXICO LINDO

 

THE FAT RADISH

 

RESTO

 

CHOICE SWEETS ( The after party)


THE GOOD BATCH

KUMQUAT BAKERY

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