Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Meatopia

Every year, this is the 9th, a man named Josh Ozersky organizes Meatopia in Randall's Island Park. Meatopia is an event where renouned restaurants and organizations in New York get together, set up individual tents and make a meat dish that represents them. This year it way over 35 different tents! That's a lot of meats to try. Obviously I set out with a goal to try everything.







 
Our first stop was Santiago Garat tent with Whole Uruguayan-Syle Lamb with Chimichurri Sauce. A great start to Meatopia. Delicious lamb, very well done.



 
   
This was a Whole Foods tent with three different bratwursts on the grill and over 200 toppers inside the actual tent. Holly molly. That's a lot. They had everything from marinara sauce and chilli to sardines and dried seaweed. We didn't try all of them but it was very interesting to see all of these things in one place.



 
Siggi Hall's Icelandic lamb. Very nicely done. They were very generous with their portions. Have to confess we didn't finish this because there's still many places to try.



 
Dinosaur BBQ. Many people believe it's the best BBQ in New York and rightly so. The ribs were amazing. Very soft, the meat falls off the bone. The sauce was not overwhelming but still added just enough flavor to make the ribs delicious. Probably the best ribs at Meatopia.



 
Our first stop was going to be April Bloomfield's tent but when we got there it was still nor ready. Bloomfield is responsible for the Spotted Pig amazing blue cheese burger so obviously we were very exited to try her cooking here. So, stopped by later and were really happy with what she made. The BBQ pork sandwich was very good but not comparable to her burger. Exited to go back to the Spotted Pig very soon.



 
Paella was surprisingly tasty. The rice was very flavorful and the pork was nice and soft. Everything went really well together to make for a great paella.



 
Beef short rib was tender and juicy. Wonderful peace of meat beautifully and yet simply prepared. Good job Adam Perry Lang. 



 
I'm somewhat indifferent to veal but I had to try this of course. It was somewhat bland but the arugula, peach and mustard vinaigrette was wonderful. I think I liked that more than the meat itself.



 
Yummy meatballs in excellent sauce. It might look heavy and creamy but it was actually nice and light, just added an extra layer of flavor to already tasty meatballs. This was unique and great to try.



 
There was a separate section for chicken and duck dishes. I liked this one most of all. Nice peace with great sides. Very tasty.



 
Beef stue was amazing. The meat instantly falls apart and the mushroom were absolutely delicious. I really loved this but could barely try it because this was the last dish we tried.


Oh my. I was so incredibly full by the end but mission was accomplished. I stopped by every tent and tried every dish. Success! Looking forward to next years Meatopia.

A storm was setting in fast on our way back from the island. Pretty intense. Fortunately we made it home in time.




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