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I kicked off the New York City Wine & Food Festival last night with one of my favorite events: Meatball Madness.
The event truly does live up to its name. It was a sold-out, packed madhouse, and a whole lot of fun.
Chef Gabe Thompson representing L’Apicio of the East Village was crowned the best meatball of evening.
And a very excited Donatella Arparia won the People’s Choice Award.
But the self-proclaimed “meatballers” (and last year’s popular vote winner) from The Meatball Shop definitely drew the biggest crowd with their boisterous gaiety.
Some other events I am look forward to attending include:
Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray
Fri, Oct 12 | 7:00pm | $225
Cooking Channel’s Meatpacking Uncorked presented by The Corcoran Group
Fri, Oct 12 | 6:00pm
Blackberry Farm Brunch
Sat, Oct 13 | 12:00pm | $150
Gerard Bertrand Legend Vintages, Six Decades Of Sweet Stories
Wine Seminars hosted by FOOD & WINE
Sat, Oct 13 | 11:00am | $110
Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite with KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard
Sat, Oct 13 | 12:00pm | $195
Brooklyn’s Backyard presented by PURE LEAF™ hosted by Adam Richman
Sat, Oct 13 | 7:00pm | $150
Avión Tequila presents Tacos & Tequila sponsored by Creekstone Farms hosted by Bobby Flay
Sat, Oct 13 | 7:00pm | $225
The New York Times and Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. present Trucks & Train hosted by Andrew Zimmern
Sun, Oct 14 | 4:00pm | $150
East Village staple Ciao For Now Cafe has grown from a small coffee shop to a sit down cafe. The Italian Job Omelet and the Apple Spiced Pancakes were divine. Service is very attentive. My favorite part about the all day brunch is that it comes with fresh squeezed orange juice.
From uptown to downtown and over the river, new restaurants are cropping up with distinct spice and flare.
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto is opening restaurant Tribeca Canvas which seems to be the foodie favorite of the moment. Surprisingly, there will be no sushi coming out of this Japanese chef’s kitchen, rather comfort food like mac & cheese and french onion soup catering to the neighborhood crowd.
Kirsten Matthew of the New York Post offers a list of restaurants to “chow down or swan around” in her Dig Into Fall dining preview.
Image: New York Post - Masaharu Morimoto
New York Times Food Critic Florence Fabricant lists her favorite restaurant picks from Manhattan and Brooklyn, but notes this season the Upper East Side will be lighting up the food scene with some new arrivals not to miss.
Image: New York Times Spaghetti carbonara with seafood
I’ll miss summer, but I’m ready to sink my teeth into fall!
My favorite place to eat after a stroll on the High Line is an unassuming French cafe in Chelsea called Le Grainne Cafe.
They have a great menu which is consistently delicious, and there is outdoor seating. My favorite dishes are the following:
Le Grainne Cafe
183 Ninth Ave (corner of 21st st)
New York, NY 10011
Bareburger restaurant in the West Village has great outdoor seating for summer nights. The meats are all-natural, 100% organic and there are wheat and gluten-free options.
The California turkey burger in a lettuce wrap was killer, and The Roadhouse with beef was so good we were tempted to order a second. Options include veggie, beef, bison, boar, turkey and ostrich. Really tasty, flavorful food.
A long work week can really make you crave comfort food, especially big pots of cheese, which the French like to call fondue.
I like to convince myself it is semi-healthy because I am dunking fruit and vegetables into the pound of melted gruyere. Healthy or not, the combo is delicious and the atmosphere is intimate.
Try the Mushroom Royale Fondue with gruyere & emmenthaler, roasted, wild mushrooms, thyme, and pineau des chantres served with herbed potatoes braised artichokes, toast points and bacon ($26.00).
Also take a gander at their famous for their wine cocktails.