Pinkyfinger up had the honor to celebrate A Second Helping of Life at Pier 60. The event featured some of the top women chefs as they serve their signature dish to support the fight against breast and ovarian cancer. There was tons of great food.
Pinky Finger Up had the honor to cover Grant Street Settlement Taste of LES.
Grand St. Settlement expands opportunities for low-income families and individuals by providing culturally relevant services that support community-building, advocacy, self-determination and an enriched quality of life.
Since it’s founding in 1916, Grand St. Settlement has offered a continuum of innovative programs ranging from early childhood and youth development to community support for adults and seniors. We were happy to support. Some of our favorite bites came from Pearl & Ash and Seoul Chicken. Take a look at the pics and support the Lower East Side restaurant scene.
– Pinky Finger Up
VESELKA potato perogi with sauerkraut
MEZETTO beet tartar
RUSS & DAUGHTERS flourless chocolate cake with creme and roasted cashews
DBDG Kitchen and Bar Lemongrass Panna Cotta
THE COMFORT jewbano sandwich with katz pastrami
MAHARLIKA chicken laing
Flinders Lane Pork Sausage Roll
BALVANERA pate de campo
Pearl and Ash Lamb with Mint Ramps
BLACK TREE brown butter apple bread pudding
MACONDO TAPERIA LATINA taquito de costillas
MOSCOW 57 blini
THELMA house smoked trout salad
Root and Bone Drunken Deviled Eggs
PORSENA white almond gazpacho
IL LABORATORIO DEL GELATO gelato sorbet
Yerba Buena Short Rib Arepa
GG’S costra nostra
L’APICIO confit pancetta
NORTHERN SPY FOOD sour cream panna cotta with rhubarb marmalade and orange granola
Pies N Thighs Homemade Buttermilk Biscuit with Cream Cheese and pepper jelly
MEATBALL SHOP beef meatball
TINY’S GIANT SANDWICH SHOP grilled cheese
PROHIBITION BAKERY pretzels and beer and old fashion cupcakes
Galli Rice Balls
MACONDO TAPERIA tuna crudo
FREEMAN’s beet burger with uni special sauce
CHARRUA chorizo over toast
ANTIBES BISTRO cauliflower mousse with mushrooms
Seoul Chicken Cold Fried Chicken Slider
GEMMA yellow tomato gazpacho and seared big eye tuna
SCHILLER’S LIQUOR BAR reuben croquette
STANTON SOCIAL cobb salad bite with brussels sprouts
CATA castle valley corn chip with pimento cheese and scallions
Lucky Rice is a festival that celebrates Asian Cuisine – sounds like my type of event. Although Pinky Finger Up did not receive a proper invite we managed to make a quick appearance at the Luxurious Mandarin Oriental. There was a host of new and well known asian restaurants representing. Of course there was match, sake, duck and my first taste of grasshopper – to my surprise, it was one tasty and crispy bite!
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Open Blue Cured Open Blue Cobia with Green Curry, Potatoes, and Yuzukosho Broth
Tuome Crispy Deviled Egg with Chili
Macao Trading Co. African Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Red Curry Sauce and Snow Pea Slaw
Qi Kaow Tung Nah Tuhng: Crispy Rice Crackers with Traditional Dipping Sauce
Spice Market Calamansi Cream Puff
Chalait Wagashi: Matcha White Chocolate Bark with Matcha Shot
2 Duck Goose Eight Treasures Roast Duck
The Black Ant Cod Tempura, Som Tum Slaw Taco
Bricolage Beef on Beef: Vietnamese Beef Carpaccio on Beef Tendon Chip
Maharlika Chicken Laing with Cassava Chips and Soy Bean Chips: Fresh Taro Root Leaves, Coconut Milk, Bagoong (Shrimp Paste), Ginger, and Chilies
The Black Ant Cotton Candy Wrapped Grasshopper
The Black Ant Moo Krob Taco: Crispy Pork Belly, Chicharron, Pickled Cucumbers, Carrots, Cilantro, and Nam-Prik Pao BBQ
I had the honor to be an invited guest to the 25th anniversary of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-Cap) last week. C-CAP, is a national non-profit that works with public schools to prepare undeserved high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. For the record, the Pinkyfingerup crew love the kids and hope they keep feeding us till we’re old and grey. The founder and chairman of C-CAP, Richard Grausman, has a career spanning over forty years as a teacher and writer. This year’s honorees included businessman Dick Parsons and restaurateur Alexander Smalls.
Now for the food. The event style is a walk-around tasting. There was forty-three restaurants participating in this years tasting . A good portion of chefs involved were C-Cap alumni. Out of the forty-three participating restaurants, I managed to sample forty-one. Some of my personal favorites came from, Marc Forgione, Sea Grill and Juni. Enjoy the pics and if you see something you like go there and eat it.
Almond/ Moroccan style lamb meatballs with salsa verde and ricotta salata
Maysville/Charcoal Grilled Sweet Potato
SD26/Soft quail egg filled ravioli with truffled butter
Talde/Pretzel Pork & Chive dumplings with Tahini Mustard
Benoit/ Warm egg custard, green asparagus, sea urchin
Barbuto/ Farro salad with fennel,olive meyer lemon and almond
Felidia/Tuna Semi Carpaccio
The Cecil/ Curry crusted cod, kimchi rice porridge gaunciale , fish sauce caramel
Mailino/Cured beef tongue, parmigiano,mustard and argula
Back with the brewski of the week . In the past month and a half, I’ve attended two major beer events in New York. I was able to slip some freebies to bring home and review. My first beer I had the pleasure to slip and sip is the Elysian Space Dust IPA. Elysian is a brewery out of Washington state . It pours a nice golden color and has a nice citrus – hoppy aroma. The ABV is 7.2. Its a smooth and enjoyable IPA. Grab it, if you find it at your local bodega.