A sunny Sunday in Brooklyn welcomed the Taste of Williamsburg Greenpoint on the gorgeous East River Waterfront! Inside New York filled up on food and drinks from a wide selection of eateries, many of which we can’t wait to return to! Ceviche and brisket were overwhelmingly popular items among a variety of restaurants. The event was the perfect way to spend a warm September afternoon, complete with local bands playing while we sipped cold Brooklyn Lager on tables set up by the waterfront.
Check out some of our favorite tastes:
We saw a ton of ceviche! Everything from blueberry pickled ginger shots to gazpachos to plantain buschettas, but Juliette had one of the most graceful presentations. Bites of barely-seared tuna were served a la ille flottante in a pool of sauce, topped with scallions and ginger.
In an afternoon lacking global flare, Lighthouse stood out. Its exotic and creative nut-studded rice dish was drizzled in a spicy hoisin sauce and decorated with broccolini and pickled cabbage. The chef explained: “If you put a rubber band around the equator, you get pretty much all the places the food we make comes from.”
In a taco glut, Le Comptoir was the most memorable. The fresh tortilla fell apart as it soaked up porkfat and spicy aoli. It was flavorful and straightforward, and prepared really well.
Bakeri was a sweet favorite, in part because it was the only stand offering nothing but dessert. The lavender shortbread cookies were airy and light, and crumbled on contact with our happy mouths.
Other favorites included Maison Premiere‘s freshly shucked oysters and absinthe punch, Cafe Mogador’s pita with fava beans, and the cold brew float (ice cream and coffee) from Toby’s Estate.
All proceeds from TASTE helped fund the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center. Be sure to check out the website for future events!
-Melissa Kravitz & Katheryn Thayer