NYCWFF: Grand Tasting Day 2

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Green Dumplings

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Mini Hot Dogs

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STK Out served mini hot dogs, cooked in a spicy sauce and topped with fresh vegetables.

Festival Specialty

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STK Out had this sign designed for the festival.

Unreleased Chili

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Chipotle used the festival-goers as guinea pigs to try their new, and unreleased, barbacoa chili.

Sloppy Ducks

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Alobar served "Duck Confit Sloppy Joes," topped with a quail egg and dripping in goodness.

Brisket Sliders

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508 GastroBrewery served beef brisket bulgogi sliders with kimchi aioli.

Gnocchi Done Right

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Osteria il Paiolo served a spinach and ricotta gnocchi in an heirloom cherry tomato sauce.

Chilled Scallops

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Nios Restaurant served scallop escabeche with pickled pumpkin, jalapeño, almonds, and coconut.

Grass-Fed Minis

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Amali offered grass-fed beef short rib sandwiches, with pickled cabbage, roasted garlic, and Gruyère.

Caponata Dreams

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Casa Nonna's Sicilian eggplant caponata rivaled even that of my own Italian grandmother.

Mini Meal

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Pounds & Ounces made a heavy meal out of a bite(s)-size, serving ancho-glazed short ribs with goat cheese polenta, baby carrots, horseradish cream, and braising jus.

Meaty Meatballs

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Lugo Caffe championed their Mugo Meatballs Pomodoro, which combine pork and beef and are cooked in chicken broth, before they even touch the pomodoro sauce.

Ethiopian Dancing

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Marcus Samuelsson humored fans, demonstrating some Ethiopian tribal dancing.

Showstopper

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Paula Deen worked the crowd at sons Jamie and Bobby's demo.

Paula & Sons

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Paula Deen sampled her sons' bites and even passed them among the crowd, forcing fans to use what Adam Richman called "the old booger hooks," their hands, as forks.

Funny Man

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Adam Richman was full of witty quips during his cooking demo, and even managed to get in demonstrations for beef, two kinds of chicken wings, fish, and vegetables.