The New Taste of the Upper West Side: Comfort Classics (2013)

The New Taste of the Upper West Side Adam Richman of "Man v. Food" tasting a restaurant's fare early in the event
Pastry chef Christina Tosi (right) and her assistant of Momofuku Milk Bar Birthday cake truffles from Momofuku Milk Bar
5 Napkin Slider by 5 Napkin Burger
The New Taste of Upper West Side: Comfort Classics – Inside the tent, Host Adam Richman, Pastry Chef Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, Momofuku Milk Bar’s birthday cake truffles, 5 Napkin Slider

The New Taste of Upper West Side’s Comfort Classics is one of the three-part food event created by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (BID). This event (and others) benefit the Columbus Avenue BID’s Streetscape Project as well as support the Wellness in its Schools program at the O’Shea School complex and P.S. 87.

Comfort Classics is hosted by Travel Channel’s Adam Richman and pastry chef Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar took on the helm of signing her books on behalf of Ford (and served a delicious trio of cake truffle flavors – pretzel, passion fruit chocolate chip, and birthday cake). The food is created by Upper West Side’s chefs with their soul-satisfying classics and new takes on old favorites.

Various pickles by Jacob's Pickles
Dapper Dogs by Shake Shack Pastrami sandwich by Artie's Delicatessen ShackMeister Frozen Custard topped with candied pecans by Shake Shack
Chocolate chip cookies with Mexican chili chocolate ice cream with ground tortilla chips by Whole Foods
Jacob’s Pickles, Shake Shack offerings of Dapper Dogs & ShackMeister frozen custard, Whole Foods’ chocolate chip cookies with Mexican chili chocolate ice cream sandwiches

This fun event had variations of hot dogs – Ditch Plains, Shake Shack (as seen above) and lobster rolls (Luke’s Lobster and P.J. Clarke’s). The sliders from 5 Napkin were pretty darn delicious and juicy. The most elegant offering of the evening was the coriander and lemon rubbed tuna loin, orzo with spring peas and parsley pesto from Pappardella (photo) even though the tuna was a bit too cold.

The most welcoming items though were the cold ice cream concoctions as it was the classic, sweltering summer day in New York City. Shake Shack’s ShackMeister frozen custard topped with beer nuts was creamy, cold and sublime. Despite the fact the staff said the custard is made of hop-py beer, it tasted like bananas and the nuts were a wonderful textural contrast. Whole Foods’ offerings of various ice cream sandwiches were fun and delicious.

To view more photos of this event, please view the slideshow below (or CLICK HERE for my photo set:

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The New Taste of the Upper West Side


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