Queue the 'cue! Smoked sensations from Vandaag, Mexicue, Mile End, more.
The summer heat can't keep meat lovers away from a good barbecue. Finger on the Pulse stepped up their game on Saturday with the Summer BBQ Blowout at City Winery, deviating from their one chef/one dish formula to bring together some of New York's hottest chefs and live music, to boot. With nary a burger nor a weeny in sight, almost nothing was standard fare. There were fish tacos from Imperial No. 9 and dirty rice with chorizo from Mexicue, but the savory standouts included the hot-off-the-grill smoked beef ribs from Mile End and the satay grilled duck from Vandaag. The sleeper hit? The ambitious dry-rubbed grilled quail served by innovative caterers Great Performances..
And the sweet finishes were not neglected. Craft concocted a grown-up 'Smore dessert: silky milk chocolate pudding topped with the requisite Graham and toasted marshmallow, but sprinkled with smoked sea salt that elevated it dramatically. And Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar was there to hand out refreshing ice pops with basil cookies; we chose the watermelon option and were delighted to find a frozen treat that tasted like our favorite Jolly Rancher flavor, without the candy sweetness.
A live performance from Midnight Magic (whose mash-up licks evoked Sly and the Family Stone with crazy klezmer energy) and bizarre performance art from New Villager no doubt confused Gilt City ticket buyers. Yes, folks: You're in the right place.