Margon Does Midtown Proud at Choice Eats
Margon (46th btw. 5+6th) didn’t let us down last night at the Village Voice’s Choice Eats event, representing with a nice selection, featuring roast chicken, fried chicken wings, and slices of their famous Cuban sandwiches. But the real prize, was their seafood salad- both shrimp and the famous octopus version, which I think may have flown under the radar for most of the event.
On a night where beef and pork made the biggest splash at the Puck Building, the seafood salad turned out to be one of my favorite things. The not so small “tasting”, in all its glory, plus a round-up of some of my favorites, after the jump…
The line at the Tiffin Wallah (28th btw. Park+Lex) table was too long for me, but I did get to sample some pork cracklin’ (I cherry picked it from the tray of roast pork) served up by Albert’s Mofongo House, which is owned by the same people who run the International Food House Latin Buffet on 35th btw. 7+8th.
The line outside to get in was super long, and most of the food ran out well before the end of the event, but all in all, with free booze, and pretty hefty servings at most of the tables, it was well worth the $25 in advance, and I fully expect to see this event back next year. The lighting was terrible, and I was a little too busy stuffing my face to get any real good photos, but here were some of the highlights:
Jerk chicken and hot sauce from Peppa’s, the pastrami from Fette Sau, the tamarind ribs from Kampuchea, the roti dishes from Nirvana, the pulled pork and truffled grits from the Smoke Joint, pork dumpling from Vanessa’s Dumpling House, and the amazing pork and rice w/ a spicy slaw from Krik Krak.
I’m sure the short rib slop that Fatty Crab was serving was delicious (I’m a big fan) and the Carribean food from Culpepper’s looked out of this world, but alas the lines were too long (and my stomach is only big enough). Kudos to Robert Sietsema for all his great choices!
Were you there? Got any favorites? Post them as comments below… (and if I knocked you over to get to more food, I apologize.)