This May, the local food festival New Taste of the Upper West Side will return to the neighborhood, with a lineup of new and returning restaurants, notable chefs and star-studded hosts for a three-night culinary celebration.
The event, created by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), will donate all net proceeds from the weekend to the community for neighborhood improvement and beautification projects such as the Columbus Avenue BID’s sustainable streetscape project, Wellness in the Schools program and Theodore Roosevelt Park Fund.
The festivities begin with Soirée in the Park on Tuesday, May 27th (with a rain date on Thursday, May 29th) featuring a cocktail event under the stars to celebrate and raise funds for the beautiful Theodore Roosevelt Park, which surrounds the American Museum of Natural History. Proceeds from the evening benefit the park’s revitalization programs as guests enjoy live music, champagne and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chris Wyman of Corvo Bianco, Maria Loi of Loi, Cesare Casella of Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto and Rodney Mitchell of Calle Ocho.
Friday, May 30th kicks off the weekend with the annual Comfort Classics Presented by Sysco. The event features 40 restaurants showcasing their most innovative comfort dishes and competing to win this year’s “Best Comfort Food Dish” award. Last year’s winner, Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, will be back to defend her title, but stiff competition awaits with a bevy of exceptional participants including new restaurants The Meatball Shop, Parm and Treat House, as well as neighborhood favorites such as Jacob’s Pickles and Luke’s Lobster.
The fest continues with Best of the West Presented by Ford, preceded by the annual VIP Reception on Saturday May 31st. Hosted by Jill Martin, Emmy award-winning television personality, the evening will feature gourmet fare created by some of the Upper West Side’s most talented chefs.
For information and tickets, visit www.newtasteuws.com.
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