It was a gorgeous, sunny day in Tribeca last Saturday as Duane Street was closed off to make way for over 80 restaurants, merchants and sponsors to set up booths and delicious plates. The Taste of Tribeca celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, once again bringing together the best the neighborhood has to share and deepening the bonds within the community. This one-of-a-kind outdoor culinary festival featured tastings from downtown’s critically acclaimed restaurants, many of whom have been supporters from the very beginning.
Check out the Taste of Tribeca album on Facebook for snapshots of the day!
We had the pleasure to hear from this tight-knit community, supporting each other to benefit the arts and music programs at the local schools PS 150 and PS 234. Jimmy Carbone, co-chair of Taste of Tribeca filled us in about the overwhelming support from local restaurants, parents, students, and even alumni of PS 150 and PS 234 (an aside, Jimmy’s daughter was an alumni volunteer at the event!)
Our first stop was a chat with Chef Jonas Offenback from Aňejo, which is opening a Tribeca location right on Church Street this summer! The new-age restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen is serving up a modern take on Mexican cuisine drawing influence from Oaxaca, Mexico. They offered a succulent pork belly tostada, braised in tamarind soda, with pickled red onions, habanero tomato salsa on a crispy tortilla. And to wash down the earthy goodness--a refreshing strawberry limeade!
Sarabeth’s Tribeca, most known for its homestyle weekend brunch, was definitely a classic in Tribeca and a must-taste (and literally steps away from the festival!) We spoke to Chef Lee Scheffer who prepared mini crab cake sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies for the day. While Sarabeth’s is known for it’s brunch, they’ve also got a great dinner menu. For all you carnivores looking for a dinner, Chef Lee suggested their dry aged NY strip steak!
Next was the gastropub Church Publick, located on Church Street and Reade Street. The international menu uses local farms and reflects the craft beers on tap. The menu and sampling for the day featured “bangers and mash” on a crostini. Chef Josh Elliot even came up with the sausage recipe to celebrate one of the 22 craft beers for the season!
Distilled NY is bringing back the colonial Public House. Historically, the public house was the social anchor of a town or community, bringing everyone together in one place to discuss politics, debate, commerce, and still enjoy eating and drinking together. Given the strong community in Tribeca, Distilled NY was a great addition to this year’s Taste of Tribeca. Redefining regional dishes, they offered a tasting not just a chicken liver pate, but also served it with a chicken skin cracker, whipped honey and pickled shallots!
Bubby’s Pie Company has been a “golden” participant of the Taste of Tribeca since 1994! Beginning as a wholesale pie company, Bubby’s has now set the standard for traditional American food, often stealing recipes from grandma! If that isn’t enough to pique your interest, stop by for their Midnight Brunch! But before leaving, we couldn’t resist the perfectly crisp and warm apple brown betty!
And ending with another “golden” participant--the Odeon! Open almost 34 years, everyone has strong memories of at the Odeon and has become a landmark for food in Tribeca (fyi The Odeon contains the original interior decor from the 1930’s when it was a cafeteria!) With such a presence in Tribeca, the Odeon already knew what everyone wanted on this sunny, May day--their house-made, all natural ice cream! Rolling out different flavors every hour, the mint- chocolate chip in a waffle cone capped off a great day in Tribeca.