“Eat my b#@#s,” urged the black t-shirts with bright white lettering worn by the beefy guys working the Meat Ball Shop table. Okay, we’re not in Kansas anymore…. The 4th annual Taste Williamsburg-Greenpoint Food Fest took place last Sunday at the East River State Park. Over 40 local businesses—restaurants, wine shops, artisanal food producers—showed their flags and cooking chops.
There were lobster rolls from Extra Fancy, roasted oysters from Hotel Delmano, fresh oysters on the half shell from Maison Premiere, chilled corn chowder from Parish Hall, sliders from Pies n’Thighs, tender brisket from Delaney BBQ, Indonesian Rendang green curry from Selamat Pagi, Rendang red curry from Mamak (food truck), reddish BBQ ribs from Fatty ‘Cue, Nordic potato salad with a light blond aioli foam from Aska, skate salad from Juliette, a pretty lime curd with berries from Gwynnett St., chili-lime chicken wings from Station, artisanal pizza from Adelina’s, delicate green salad from The Elm, tacos from Mesa Coyoacan, sausages from Rosamunde. Van Leeuwen was there with a delightful plum sorbet, and Phin & Phebes gave us samplings of Vietnamese coffee, peanut-y pretzels, and ginger ice cream. All were super lush and creamy. There was plenty to drink too; natural wines from the Natural Wine Company, specialty wines from Brooklyn Oenology, whiskey from Jameson’s, awesome Ginger Ale from Bruce Cost and strong coffee from Oslo.
It was great to see so many wonderful restaurants all in one place; Fat Goose, Teddy’s Bar and Grill, Café Colette, Two Door Tavern, Anella, Sindicato De Cocineros, Bakeri, Sweetwater, Nita Nita, Donna, Le Gamin, Brooklyn Star, Dumont, and Zona Rosa, just to name a few, all there to feed the hungry crowd. It was truly an epic tasting event. Bummer, it was impossible to sample every dish. I’ll just have to visit the restaurants on my own.
All proceeds benefit the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center.