They are not kidding around with Meatopia. I ate so much pork, lamb, chicken, beef that all I wanted to eat the next day was salad.
Held outside at on a rooftop at Pier 92 along West Side Highway, NYC Wine & Food Festival's Meatopia is a meat lover's paradise. 36 restaurants were there, plating up delicious cuts of meat.
Half the event was out in the open (and it was cold!) with chefs cooking meat over an open fire and the other half was held under a tent. The place was bustling!
Here are some of my favorites of the night:
The BEST pastrami sandwich EVER by Glen Oaks Club. Dr. Brown's Cream-Soda Brined Smoked Short Rib Pastrami with homemade rye, vegetable pickles, and mustard horseradish sauce. I don't think I even chewed with the buttery soft pastrami.
Best lamb dish of the night for me was by Knife Dallas. Sous Vide Colorado Lamb Rack over Red Oak Fire. I was gnawing on that bone to get every little goodness.
This Filipino-Style Snout-to-Tail Pork Sisig Tacos by Maharlika Filipino Moderno was my favorite one bite. Juicy pork with a little spicy kick at the end.
Grilled Vietnamese Country Pork Ribs with Tomatillo Salsa by The Little Beet was nicely charred and super tender all at once.
After a few plates of meat, I needed a little break, so I took a seat in one of the comfy couches in the JCPenney lounge displaying everything sold in their stores.
Decorated for Halloween, they had a dining room table loaded with halloween candy and chocolates. Brilliant decorating idea -- the the candy corn in the glass dome.
In the lounge was Mr. Cheng, a master in the art of Chinese paper-cutting, who was busy snipping away to create free-form pieces of art out of paper.
A little lively music to close out the night by the High and Mighty Brass Band.
My clothes still smell of smoke and cooked meat. Not that that's a bad thing.
//Tickets to attend Meatopia courtesy of JCPenney. All content and opinions expressed here are my own.//