Last night Metromix debuted some of NY’s newest downtown eateries at the their latest food soiree, Hot Plates Live. Highline Ballroom hosted nearly 200 hungry attendees who happily chowed down on a variety of snacks from eleven local restaurants. I figured arriving an hour late would have left me with slim pickins but to my surprise, most everyone came prepared with enough grub to satisfy this ravenous crowd.
Being a foodie and food blogger, I’ve learned that strategy can be very important at these events. I usually look at the event roster and think okay – which restaurants am I dying to try? which restaurants are looking low on food? which restaurants are the most expensive? And the reason why these questions are important is merely because these questions will determine which tastings are the most desirable. Luckily this event only had eleven dishes, otherwise I might have been in trouble!
But sometimes less is more and in this case I’d have to agree. Since the number of dishes on the must try list were tolerable, it enabled me to spend a greater amount of time with each dish and take in all of the flavors and textures, rather than racing to the next taste. That being said, there was only ONE restaurant which demanded seconds and that was Mark. See my rating of dishes below…
- Mark, mouthwatering sliders with American cheese and caramelized onions and served with homemade sauces!
- The Norry (at Kampuchea), succulent tamarind-glazed ribs
- Luke’s Lobster, mildly buttered and grilled main shrimp in a New England style bun
- Spot, deconstructed cheesecake with passion fruit air
- Stuffed Artisan Canolis, irish creme, peanut butter, nutella, and coconut canolis
- Corsino, ricotta crostini with honey and squid skewer
- Ofrenda, toasted tortillas topped with pigs feet, rice and green tomatillo salsa
- Spina, safron infused pasta with bolognese
- Sigmund Pretzel Shop, soft-style german pretzels with assorted homemade mustards
- Bia Garden, crispy pork belly, daikon hash, pickled new-year vegetable
- DISQUALIFIED – Lucy Browne’s, ran out of sliders!
- DISQUALIFIED – B. Clinton, never made an appearance. No pigs brains after all.
Despite the order you see above, if I was hard pressed to pick two favorite dishes, it would be Mark’s sliders and Spot’s deconstructed cheesecake.
These buttery sliders were perfection! Due to Mark’s genius preparation (see on right above), each slider was heated and stored face side down so that when they were served, the sliders would appear as if they were made right on the spot – fully intact buns, warm caramelized onions, and slightly melted cheese. Yum!
Although this dish didn’t look like much from afar, it had the perfect tartness to culminate a savory meal. And as someone who loves to mix multiple flavors and aspires for the perfect bite, this deconstructed cheesecake was both delicious and fun to eat.
Other notable dishes were presented by Stuffed Artisan Canolis, The Norry, and Luke’s Lobster.
But with the good, always comes the disappointing. And despite their attractive presentations, my least favorite dishes of the night were Ofrenda’s tortilla toppers , Spina’s pasta bolognese, and Bia Garden’s crispy pork belly.
More event photos…
Filed under: Events, Reviews, Tastings | Tagged: B. Clinton, Bia Garden, Corsino, East Village Restaurants, Highline Ballroom, Hot Plates Live, Lucy Browne's, Luke's Lobster, Mark, Metromix, Ofrenda, Sigmund Pretzel Shop, sliders, Spina, Spot, Stuffed Artisan Canolis, The Norry at Kampuchea |