Each year, New York Magazine brings together some of the best chefs of the city for New York Taste, a one-night event benefitting City Harvest. The 2011 edition, which took place last night, was themed "Around the World": each of the chefs representing either their native country, or the cuisine they're known for at their restaurant.
That meant an awful lot of "Modern American" (including Dan Barber and Bill Telepan) with a Latin American corner, a good spread of Spanish and French, an Asian corner heavy on the Japanese, and little Oceania (including New Zealand and Australia).
Dishes ranged in simplicity and seasonality, interpretations on autumn from Seamus Mullen's rib-sticking bean and pork stew to Luis Bollo's lighter but satisfying pumpkin-chicken soup. Raw fish was a theme (hey, go with what works), as were teeny pots with equally small spoons (Dan Barber's earthy beet-yogurt pot, Paul Liebrandt's pumpkin veloute). And we'd be remiss in failing to mention the awesome bay leaf martini from Pegu Club; who knew Absolut could taste so good?
Here are 16 dishes we loved from the event.
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