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The day before I left on the Great Caribbean Escape, I was invited to attend Day 4 of the 2012 LUCKYRICE Festival, an annual coming together of hundreds of chefs and restaurants, bringing Asian culinary culture to North America. Translation: A room full of swank cosmopolitans chowing down on haute Asian cuisine, sakes, wines and beers. Second translation: Happy Meagan.
This year’s New York events kicked off May 1 with an Epicurean Cocktail Feast, followed with a Sunset Luau, Chinese Wedding Banquet, Grand Feast, Night Market and a Talk + Taste. I was fortunate enough to attend the Grand Feast, held at the Mandarin Oriental, New York. What could be better than wandering around an open banquet hall sampling Macanese chicken, sashimi and dumplings with gorgeous views of New York’s skyline? I implore you to find me something better…I mean, besides Anthony Bourdain feeding me sushi while Mumford and Sons plays a gentle melody in the background…
Some of the restaurants showcasing their talents at this year’s Grand Feast were nahm, Perry Street, Buddakan and PUBLIC. Celeb chefs on hand were Masaharu Morimoto, Ming Tsai, Todd English and others. It was the place to see and be seen eating.
Don’t live in New York? Fret not. LUCKYRICE is coming to Las Vegas on June 23 and Los Angeles on August 10.
For more information visit www.luckyrice.com.
Let me paint you a little picture: Manhattan skyline, sunshine on the East River and a vacant lot packed with outposts of some of New York’s most delicious restaurants. Hello Summer in New York! Hello Smorgasburg!
Every Saturday for the rest of the summer, vendors will congregate between North 6th and North 7th street in Williamsburg at the East River, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., serving up a smorgasbord (get it?) of bite-size snacks. Think stuffed Indian roti, mini DuMont burgers, papusas, tacos, sesame noodles, barbecue…the list goes on…and on….
Here’s a tip: Although vendors are there until 6, try to get there sometime before 3 p.m. Yours truly was too busy sitting on a friend’s roof drinking champagne and by the time I got there, around 4 p.m., many of the more popular stalls were sold out of food. Damn you, New York and your rooftop scene! (Yet another fantastic aspect of Summer in the City.)
Another note: Smorgasburg is a part of the Brooklyn Flea phenomenon.
Early to bed they all went that night
in prep for day drinking by the wee morning light.
At dawn we all gathered, gay apparel donned
and waited for Santa to “tweet” to the throng.
As the daylight dimmed we prayed for no drunken fights
and instead wished to all a very boozy good night.
Well friends, that pretty much sums up my weekend participating in SantaCon, a nationwide event where thousands of revelers dress to the nines in holiday garb and await instructions on a Twitter feed for where to bar hop.
My journey took me from DUMBO in Brooklyn, across the Brooklyn Bridge to the South Street Seaport, up toward Grand Central (where I happily clocked out, after eight hours of drinking). The rest of the party took Santas, Hannukah Harrys, Gingerbread Men and other riff-raff alike to Times Square, the New York Public Library and finally Tompkins Square Park in the East Village.
SantaCon is an annual event so if you’re making a trip to New York during holiday time, make sure you check the date because this is one cheer-fest you won’t want to miss.