Choice Eats 2011 Recap

Last night The Village Voice‘s Choice Eats 2011 was out in full force at the 68th Armory. About 70 restaurants and savory offerings were represented and 12 sweets, from boroughs of NYC. It’s fun and the amount of food offered here can certainly fill you up for two meals.

Red Hook Lobster Pound: Shrimp RollsRed Hook Lobster Pound: Shrimp Rolls

Highlights of this event were the Red Hook Lobster Pound‘s shrimp rolls. These shrimp rolls were phenomenal. Warm, lightly toasted rolls stuffed with lots of shrimp. It helps they dressed it light before it gets too overwhelming.

Del Posto: Eggplant & Chocolate Del Posto's Chocolate & Olive Oil Gelato Lollipop
Del Posto’s desserts

I loved Del Posto‘s desserts when I eat at their restaurants. Their gelato popscicles are a familiar treat for their lunch prix fixe’s petit fours. Always fun and enjoyable. The most interesting dessert of the night definitely goes to them for serving Eggplant & Chocolate (seen on the above left), which also drew a long line of people. An eggplant crostata with their homemade strachiatella ice cream and a flourish of chocolate drizzle. Crisp and chewy from the eggplant that melds well with the chocolate accented gelato from the eggplant’s natural bitterness. You also have to give them props for being the sole 4-star restaurant in this food event.

Scratchbread's Chocolate Buttercream Brownie (VIP Hour)Chocolate Buttercream Brownie (VIP Hour)

I also gotten to try SCRATHBread‘s to-die-for chocolate buttercream brownie. I am a fan for a while of their savory bread but I have not eaten a brownie this decadent in eons. It’s light as a bittersweet chocolate cloud but it packs on a ton of chocolate flavor from the brownie, the silky chocolate buttercream and dusted with cocoa powder. It is not remotely sweet and for that, I am a fan.

For the slideshow of the fun, please look through my slideshow after the jump.

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There’s plenty more than what I have mentioned but from my food coma’d recollection, these were my top 4 favorite bites.

Tip for those of you who are planning to go to Choice Eats next year, plan to get your tickets early since they sell out fast and get there early before a certain restaurant runs out of food later on the night.


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