My friend and I trekked downtown to Tribeca to sample some of the best
food the neighborhood has to offer at the Taste of Tribeca food
festival. We had a deliciously wonderful time--but it was no place for
children, even as there were scads of them. The streets were packed
with visitors who had purchased tickets to the event and we all had to
navigate around babies in high-end strollers outfitted like mini-vans
and little kids strolling past on scooters. Still, it was of little matter: everything was a ball.
Nobu and Pepolino sold out immediately but we carefully considered our road map to check out the other participants (close to 100!) as we made our way through and chose wisely to sample some of the small plates that the bustling chefs prepared during the gloriously bright and sunny afternoon.
Seasonal ramps from Telepan Local were first up for us, with asparagus, wild garlic, lemon ricotta and sorrel.
Two pieces of seared foie gras "sushi" from Daruma-Ya were pretty great and we chugged thirst-quenching lemonade from Dirty Bird To Go while we waited in line (fortunately we were first for the new batch) for truly scrumptious buttermilk-dipped chicken nuggets that everybody was clamoring for, and rightly so.
The fantastic jazzy blues quartet rocked the pavement...!
Alaskan King house-cured salmon from Landmarc was perfection, served in a considerate vessel with pickled onions and creme fraiche with mustard seeds; the aroma of sherried shrimp and crab meat with shallots stuffed into homemade tortellini led us to Acappella restaurant's stand; divine deviled eggs from The Butterfly fluttered about; crispy shrimp from Megu filled a temaki handroll; Bouley tickled our taste buds with Japanese a root vegetable kuzu chip topped with an aligot whipped potato and cheese preparation topped with black truffle pate, alongside a raspberry cherry amaretto white chocolate mousse; and classic Apple Brown Betty from Bubby's Pie Co. finished us off--well almost, because we went for a apple and lemon popsicle from Ward III as well.
After weathering a soul-shredding career as a theatrical agent that lasted entirely too long, Mr. Sherwood left his stable of actors from the stage and screen and went on to pursue his literary aspirations. He is currently the dining editor for Next magazine (nextmagazine.com) where he writes a weekly restaurant review column which also features Manhattan's best food and drink recipes from the finest chef's and bartenders on the island. In 2010 he was published in Foodista’s Best of Food Blogs Cookbook. He toiled as web editor for industry leader Interior Design magazine for several years and has also written for New York magazine, Travel & Leisure and Woman’s Day.
A proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire, one of the nation’s top drinking schools, Mr. Sherwood also studied voice and theater abroad at Regent’s College, in London’s historic Regent’s Park, and at the Royal Academy of Music. He spent a year at Hunter College in Manhattan.
Mr. Sherwood recently published his first novel, the pale of memory, available on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and iUniverse.com. He is in the midst of writing a second.
Twitter/tweet/twat him @kaleidabox