Taste of the Upper West Side 2019
Finding the best restaurants and cocktail venues in NYC may seem overwhelming with over 30,000 options to choose from in Manhattan alone. Perhaps, the Taste of the Upper West Side (“TasteUWS”) can help you narrow that search by showcasing over 80 incredible restaurant and wine vendors to participate in their 12th annual fundraiser.
The two-day festival to returned on May 17 with its "Summer in the City" event and its "Best of the West" event the following night. To keep the bottles flowing, spirit and beer lovers enjoyed two nights of signature cocktails created by mixologists from nine restaurants and bars based in the Upper West Side and Harlem in addition to separate handmade Vodka drinks from Tito’s, White Claw and more.
This year, the Columbus Avenue BID, a 501c3, honored another non-profit organization rooted in the community, West Side Campaign Against Hunger(WSCAH). The acclaimed food pantry, which has been based on the Upper West Side for more than 40 years, is recognized for its “supermarket-style” model, providing fresh vegetables, fruits and proteins to the community, free of charge. Beyond its sustenance-with-dignity credo, WSCAH offers many complementary social services, along with culinary training and nutritional guidance. At TasteUWS, WSCAH will serve tastings prepared by students of its “Culinary Pathways” program, as it has for several years.
Summer in the city kicked off with two nights of festivities including highly-anticipated debuts of popular restaurants and bars included some of the following; Fish on the Fly, Friedmans Restaurant, Melba’s Restaurant, Big Gay Ice Cream, Miznon, Mokum, Mojo Desserts, Solomon & Kuff, and Tacombi Upper West Side. They joined crowd-pleasing favorites such as 5 Napkin Burger, Bodrum, Gabriela’s Restaurant & Tequila Bar, Playa Betty’s, Sarabeth’s Kitchen, Shake Shack, Olma Restaurant & Bar, Jing Fong, Pappardella, and Swagat, among others. Several of the neighborhood’s most popular bars and lounges were introducing signature TasteUWS cocktails as well, including Da Capo, Jake’s Dilemma, and Prohibition. As always, there was the ultimate confectioners’ corner, along with unlimited wine, spirits and music centered around innovative seasonal fare. Music was provided throughout the night by DJ Svetlana Voice, who promised to be a riveting new attraction.
Back by demand, this year’s Best of the WestPresented by Park West Village Apartmentshad a dedicated mixology section with one-of-a-kind craft cocktails. Among those participating will be 67 Orange Street, Da Capo, Manhattan Cricket Club, Maison Pickle, Nobody Told Me Cocktail Club, Tiki Chick and distinguished spirit sponsors, including Tito’s Vodka. Elevated cuisine is the Saturday night focus with Elea, Lincoln Center Kitchen, Nice Matin, RedFarm, Cesca, Crave Fishbar, The Leopard at des Artistes, The Loeb Central Park Boathouse, The Milling Room, Shake Shack, The Ribbon, The Smith, Tessa Restaurant, Burke & Wills, Calle Ocho, Salumeria Rosi, Carmine’s, Storico, Tavern on the Green, The Mermaid Inn, and Awadh.
They were joined by TasteUWS newcomers 8th Hill Inspired Mediterranean Restaurant, Boulevard Seafood Company, The Flying Fisherman, Lido, Leyla and Oxbow Tavern. The sweet side of the evening was bolstered by such favorites as Magnolia Bakery, Insomnia Cookies, Mille-feuille Bakery Café and Orwashers Bakery, along with other bold name confectioners. In addition, the super sounds of Project Orange Musicmade their debut this year as well, set the stage and ambiance for the Upper West Side’s most anticipated event of the year.