I attended the Taste of Tribeca on Saturday and am pleased to report that the overall experience rated good to very good.
Nearly every notable restaurant in Tribeca was represented, and there was a good mix of portion sizes, courses, and flavors. My girlfriend and I split 12 tastings, plus a freebie from The Harrison.
Some memorable dishes:
-Ginger cured salmon with seaweed salad from Chanterelle was a perfect match, and my favorite dish on the day.
-Strawberry shortcake from Le Zinc was a classic interpretation of one of my most beloved desserts.
-Crostini from Urbani Truffles curiously contained no truffles, but the tapenades and spreads were highly flavorful and perfect for a warm afternoon.
-Braised short ribs from Montrachet were paired with a vegetable coulis that cut through the fat of the ribs and made for a complex flavor.
-A slightly sunny offering of Nobu Matsuhisa's signature Black Cod with miso in a lettuce wrap still made me want to head straight to Next Door for seconds.
I've been trying to pin down the cause of my apprehension for the event prior to attendance. I may have feared a Restaurant Week-esque display of indifference, the type that leaves the dinner incredulous as to how a restaurant could pass up such a fantastic opportunity to market themselves.
Many points to the contrary. The chefs were cheerfully in attendance and the folks manning the booths were polite and eager to please. The event was well attended and smoothly organized, and all involved appeared to have a great time.
I recommend checking it out next year.