NYC Feast is the premier Asian food festival in NYC. The 2017 feast celebrates the eighth edition of this event. The lucky number 8 is associated with good fortune in Chinese culture and this year promises to be the best one yet. The city’s finest chefs will be presenting their latest creations in an exclusive setting at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle. Read on for more details!
NYC Feast takes place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel located at 80 Columbus Circle. The tasting will start at 8pm and end at 10pm on September 22. However, if you’re a VIP ticket holder you’ll also be able to start sampling the foods one hour before at 7pm. The VIP ticket also offers guests the opportunity to mingle with chefs and gain access to an exclusive lounge operated by American Express. The lounge will feature a dumpling bar, crafted drinks, special cocktails, and premium seating.
Pair all the delicious foods with one of the drinks from the extensive lists of Asian cocktails and craft beers. Try the Japanese Asahi Beer in super dry, dry black, or Asahi select flavor. Or go for one of the Bruce Cost Ginger Ales available in original, jasmine, passion fruit with Tumeric, pomegranate and hibiscus, blood orange, and Meyer Lemon flavors. Brooklyn Organics, known for their craft ginger ales, will also be delighting guests with their variety of select beers. You’ll also be able to try them in a variety of flavors: extra spicy ginger, extra spice and sugar free, or sugar free.
NYC Feast 2017 is presented by Suntory Whiskey Toki in a collaboration with LuckyRice. Suntory is a blended whiskey of Japanese origin that’s dedicated to preserving the rites of the past while reinventing the future. The liquor is sweet in flavor and also has a bit of a spicy kick too. A slight aroma of vanilla, ginger and other spices create a libation that’s entirely unique and refreshing to the senses.
The restaurants participating in this year’s event are bound to provide guests with the ultimate experience in Asian cuisine. From traditional family-owned joints to upscale and sophisticated eateries, you will indulge in all of the best oriental foods.
The foods presented at the tasting incorporate different cultures and cuisines that can be found around Asia. Countries like Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, China, Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Borneo, and many others will be offering the latest trends in Eastern gastronomy. Here are the two participating Upper West Side restaurants!
This popular Chinese restaurant is known for its authentic food and sleek ambiance. You can’t go wrong by trying one of the signature dumplings such as the delicious pan-fried shrimp dumpling with flowering chives and fresh corn. The selection of rice and noodles is also quite a hit with diners. The BBQ’s beef fried rice and the grilled shrimp sautéed with Korean rice cake are prepared following the traditional recipe. Everything the chefs at RedFarm concoct is full of flavor and it’ll also be interesting to see what they come up with for the NYC Feast.
Asiate (Mandarin Oriental)
80 Columbus Circle
Asiate offers diners a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This sophisticated restaurant is located inside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Diners enjoy the breathtaking views of the city and the sleek decor featuring a wine wall with more than 1,000 bottles. There’s a three-course prix fixe menu as well as a tasting menu and an optional wine paring menu. Sushi appetizers such as the Japanese hamachi sashimi with saffron aioli and pink peppercorn dust are a great way to start off. For main entrees, the seared Long Island duck breast combines the best of Asian and also American cuisines. End things on a sweet note with their signature strawberry shortcake with creme fraiche ice cream.
Venue – Mandarin Oriental
80 Columbus Circle
The Mandarin Oriental was mentioned as one of the best hotels in NYC by US News & World Report in 2017. The hotel sits atop of the Time Warner Center and starts at the 35th floor. It’s within walking distance to all of the Upper West Side’s best attractions such as the American Museum of Natural History and Lincoln Center. The rooms offer spectacular views to Central Park and the Midtown skyline. The Mandarin also has state-of-the-art amenities including a spa and an upscale dining restaurant.