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2010 Village Voice Choice Eats Is A Hit

On Monday evening I attended the 2010 Village Voice Choice Eats — easily my favorite NYC food event of the year. More than 60 restaurants set up booths and served up some of their most popular dishes.

A couple of pizza-related notes:

Motorino had a booth once again this year and was serving Insalata di Polpo (octopus, potatoes, celery, capers, extra virgin olive oil, lemon). Owner Mathieu Palombino was personally dishing out portions. Last year, when I heard that Motorino was going to be at the event, I was expecting some of their delectable pizza. But as soon as you walk into the 69th Armory on Lexington Avenue, it makes sense that there are few, if any, places serving pizza. In Motorino’s case, there is no way that they could replicate their pies without the ovens they use in their two locations. So instead, they set up shop at Choice Eats to highlight some of their other popular menu items.

The only place serving pizza this year was a place called Slice, The Perfect Food which has locations on the Upper East Side and in the West Village. At Choice Eats, serving pizza means reheating it in a microwave oven. Even before I tried a slice, the owner told me that their pizza was much better fresh and that I should visit one of their restaurants for the real experience. For reheated pizza, it tasted fine — but the consensus is that pizza is a difficult food item to churn out in large quantities at an event like Choice Eats.

Pizza aside, the event was a hit. Here were some of my favorite dishes of the evening in no particular order!

Deviled Eggs With Pickled Mustard Seeds & Smoked Black Peppers
Fort Defiance

Soft Cheesecake With Blueberry Compote, Oranges, And Passionfruit Foam
Spot Dessert Bar

Braied Beef Tongue With Szechuan
Pepper Oil, Cilantro, Peanut and Crispy Nori
Zuzu Ramen

Malva Pudding Dessert
Madiba Restaurant

Buttermilk Pudding With Mango
No. 7

Pumpkin Crostini with Maple Smoked Butternut Squash and Roasted Pepitas
Dirt Candy

Braised Beer Brisket With Schoolhouse Kitchen Mustard
With Hot Bread Kitchen Toast From
Jimmy’s No. 43

Mac & Cheese With White Cheddar, Thyme, And Pulled Pork Shoulder
Mama’s Food Shop

Crispy Goat Cheese On Flauta Bread
Cheeky Sandwiches

Spicy Thai Salad, Grilled Chicken, And Buckwheat Noodles
With Cilantro Mint Pesto
Mooncake Foods

Spiced Duck Rillettes With Celery Root And Green Apple Remoulade
Juliette

Lamb Meatballs With Mint Broth
Txikito

Brisket Taco
Toloache

Hummus With Assorted Toppings
Hummus Place

Meat Lasagna
Max

Fatty Devil (Deviled Eggs)
Fatty Crab

Chocolate and Olive Oil Bastoncino, Olive Oil Gelato Lollipops
Coated in Chocolate with Salted Breadcrumbs
Del Posto

Cupcakes
Kumquat Cupcakery

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