Foodie Alert! The 2015 New Taste of the Upper West Side kicks off today with a lineup of restaurants, world-class chefs and celebrity hosts for a full three-night culinary celebration.
This annual event donates all net proceeds to the local community for neighborhood improvement and beautification.
The event begins with Soirée in the Park tonight – an outdoor cocktail party that celebrates and raises funds for New York City’s beautiful Theodore Roosevelt Park, surrounding the American Museum of Natural History. Guests will enjoy live chamber music under the stars with champagne and hors d’oeuvres provided by a host of local restaurants including Sarabeth’s and Luke’s Lobster. Theodore Roosevelt Park, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.
On Friday May 29th, 40 Upper West Side restaurants – Restaurant List New Taste of the UWS – will compete to win the title of “Best Comfort Food Dish.” NBC’s Adam Richman, host of Food Fighters and author of “Straight Up Tasty” is hosting this event, overseeing noteworthy participants including Shake Shack, Sarabeth’s and The Meatball Shop, and a special guest appearance by Food Network’s talented Katie Lee. There will great wine selections, creative cocktails and live music provided by the Silver Arrow Band. Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets, Friday May 29th at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The three-day food festival will wrap-up on Saturday, May 30th, where many of the Upper West Side’s most famous restaurants and celebrity chefs will share their best cuisine – Best of the West – world-class wines and cocktails. Guests will enjoy the 16-piece rhythms of Joe Battaglia & The New York Big Band. Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets, Saturday May 30th at 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
For those who want even more access to food, there will be a VIP Reception presented by One West End, that includes exclusive access to a private lounge to enjoy unlimited champagne, a gift bag from Upper West Side shops and sponsors, and the opportunity to participate in private book signings. Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets, Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM.
You can purchase tickets to all these events here and on Sunday you can hit the gym.