Chelsea Market opened its doors to NYC foodies on Thursday, Oct. 13, for exclusive tastes of what its permanent vendors have to offer. A deceptively large entrance line moved quickly as fellow foodies filtered through the various stalls, restaurants, and booths, nabbing bites and drinks provided by Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits of New York.
Chelsea Market is a well-established cultural and culinary hub and habitually jam-packed with visitors all day long, yet for this special event, festival-goers were allowed to move around with ease and with plenty of elbow room. Here were some of the most notable dishes of the evening:
Creamline paid tribute to the history of the building — which just so happens to be the old Nabisco Factory — with Oreos in pancake batter that were then sent through the deep fryer. The fried Oreos were then dusted with powdered sugar and served with freshly whipped cream.
Chelsea market favorite Num Pang offered its Pulled Durok Pork Sandwich, which featured pulled pork, semolina baguette, pickled carrots, cilantro, fresh cucumber, and chili mayo; also served: a fresh taste of its signature blood orange lemonade.
Lucy’s Whey Artisanal Grilled Cheese distributed grilled cheese sandwiches made with Bien Cuit ciabatta bread, Prairie Breeze Cheddar from Milton’s Creamery, and an absolutely delicious addition of Mitica fig jam.
Giovanni Rana Pastificio E Cunia served a fresh Cappelletti al Prosciutto di Parma in a Butter Sage Sauce. Generous portions were festively tossed inside a large wheel of Parmesan and served with a toothpick.
At the MŏkBar booth, a meaty Kimichi Bolognese Ramen — with an unusual albeit satisfying tang — was served; the dish comprised beef bolognese, bone broth, caramelized kimchi, and sliced scallions.