Choice Eats Was Mighty Filling with a Few Midtown Representations
Last night, Village Voice hosted the 6th annual Choice Eats at the 69th Armory. The lines were massive, the food was diverse, and nobody left without a healthy case of the meat sweats.
I did my best to get my money’s worth and to sample a little bit of everything – which was impossible with nearly 86 food options. My priority rested on the barbecue options, which sadly is very underrepresented in Midtown. But I can say with all confidence that if Mable’s, John Brown, or Fletcher’s wanted to bring their smoked meats to this neighborhood, we’d write about them non-stop. Somebody please make this happen!
As for the lunch spots we can get to on a regular basis, Tabata reigned supreme in my book. They offered mini-versions of their namesake coconut-chicken broth based ramen. Food festival regulars Red Hook and Luke’s both served lobster rolls to long lines of people wanting to taste a usually expensive product. Both their trucks have been MIA for a while, but will hopefully be hitting up Midtown by the time the weather warms up. I somehow missed out on the offerings from the one other Midtown mainstay, Black Shack Burger.
Choice Eats is always a great chance to try some restaurants way out of our price range and our boundaries. And I sampled some super spicy Liberian food from Queens (Maima’s Liberian Bistro),
a surprising pickled egg from Jersey City (Thirty Acres),
and even transcendent vegetarian food (yes, I said it!) from Dirt Candy in the East Village.
There was more than enough beer, wine, and desserts to go around. Robicelli’s showed off that they can do brownies as well as they do cupcakes, Ample Creamery brought some addicting ice cream, and Butter & Scotch brought Islay Scotch infused cupcakes.
With a full belly and a taste of the city, I was grateful to the Village Voice for bringing all these restaurants together under one roof. The event was sold out, which is reason enough to buy your tickets early next year. Were you there? Let us know what your favorite bite was in the comments…