This Harvest put (in increasing order of interest) Javelina, Tasca Chino, Barbounia, Adalya, The House, Union Square Cafe and Black Barn on my hit-list, amongst others I already know and love well... and yeah, a couple of flops. But overall the food was great- far too much to list
|Matteo Bergamini's Cauliflower|
Black Barn surprised with a scrumptious softened, curry-spiced cauliflower atop a fresh, crisp salad of cucumbers and nectarine. Sour-sweet pickled raisins and toasty pignoli added even more interest, cooled with a thick smear of thick, creamy cilantro raita. Look forward to great things to come from chef Matteo Bergamini as Black Barn opened up just three days ago in the old SD26 space at 19 E. 26th street.
|Alex Urena's Shrimp Dumpling|
Alex Urena created a perfect edible illustration of the Chinese-Spanish fusion they've got going on at Tasca Chino- flavorful shrimp bound in pleasantly chewy dumpling skins, artistically pleasted and kicked with zippy heat and the garlicky tang of sundried tomato. The Pavilion's
|Mario Urgiles's Shrimp Crudo|
shrimp crudo nestled tender morsels of shrimp into chunky smashed avocado, piled on top a thick slice of meaty, market-fresh tomato, enriched with a daub of zesty aioli.
|Jesse Schenker's grilled corn and heirloom tomatoes|
|Derek Miles' Gazpacho|
|Sean Olnowich's Heirloom Tomatoes|
|Carmen Quagliata's Croquette with Mussel|
|Marco Moreira's Corn Soup|
|Big Daddy's chicken-and-waffle cone|
|Fany Gerson's Doughnuts|
Speaking of treats, I spotted Danny Meyer was making his rounds, sort of an ambassador of the area, congenial and gracious to all the enthusiasts that approached him (myself, included). Hey: when the opportunity presents itself to rub elbows with the best, take the bull by the horns. Like Harvest in the Square: a can't-miss kind of deal.