10 new restaurants debuted at New Taste of the Upper West Side

Dozen of restaurant and wine makers hosted hundreds of high spirited guest at this years New Taste of the Upper West Side.

“After nine years, New Taste of the Upper West Side has become an iconic event for Upper West Siders, as well as a destination food festival for people all over the city and from afar,” says Barbara Adler, Executive Director of the Columbus Avenue BID. “Each year, we strive to add something fresh and unexpected to this beloved festival. For 2016, it’s the debut of “Summer in the City: Surf & Turf,” a totally fun event with a beachy theme, summer spirit, and grilling!”

Ten new restaurants make their debut at this year’s event, including a new eatery by celebrity chef April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman, who revealed the name of the new restaurant, White Gold, at the event. Others newcomers included Maison Pickle, Jin Ramen, Han Dynasty and Playa Betty’s. Returning event faves, such as Momofuku Milk Bar, The Meatball Shop, Jacob’s Pickles, Shake Shack and AG Kitchen also drew crowds.

The two-night celebration, created by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, donated all its proceeds to the local community for neighborhood improvement and beautification projects such as the Columbus Avenue BID’s Sustainable Streetscape project, Theodore Roosevelt Park, Wellness in the Schools nutritional
program, Greenhouse Classroom, Citymeals-on-Wheels and other beneficiaries.

Check out images from the lively evening below: