Whoa, May is so packed full of tastings, we can’t even keep up! As mentioned earlier, there’s a midtown tasting tonight, too — the annual Grand Gourmet event at Grand Central. And later in May, one of the big daddies, Taste of the Nation. Of the five blowouts we’ve pointed to, it probably offers the best mix of prestigious restaurants, though of course it’s also the most expensive. Word to the wise: You may want to avoid these restaurants on nights when their chefs are being outsourced to the events below.
GRAND GOURMET: FLAVOR OF MIDTOWN
When: May 7, 7 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Where: Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal
Who:American Girl Café, Ammos, Benjamin Steakhouse at The Dylan Hotel, Bice Ristorante, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, Bookmarks, Café Centro, Café Spice, The Campbell Apartment, The Capital Grille, Charlie Palmer’s Métrazur, Commodore Grill at the Grand Hyatt New York, Dos Caminos Third Avenue, Fat Annie’s Truck Stop, Fireside at the Omni Berkshire Place, Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, Icon at the W New York – The Court, Joe The Art of Coffee, Kellari Taverna, La Fonda Del Sol, Michael Jordan’s The Steak House NYC, Murray’s Cheese Shop, Naples 45, Nios, The Palm Too, The Palm West, Pera Mediterranean Brasserie, Pershing Square, Public House New York, silverleaf tavern at the 70 Park Avenue Hotel, Sinigual, St. Andrew’s, Triomphe
How Much: $75 to $300
For Who: Grand Central Neighborhood Social Services Corporation
More Info: Website
SHARE OUR STRENGTH’S TATE OF THE NATION
When:May 20, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Roseland Ballroom
Who:24 Prince, Aquavit, Artisanal, Asia de Cuba, Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar, Bar Artisanal, Bar Jamon, BLT Prime, Blue Hill, Blue Smoke, Brasserie Les Halles, Buddakan, Café 2 @ MOMA, Casa Mono, Centrico, China Grill, Craftbar, Eleven Madison Park, Felidia, Gramercy Tavern, Hill Country, Hudson Yards, ilili, Jean-Georges, Landmarc, L'Ecole, Marseille, Matsugen, Oceana, Picholine, Porter House, Pure Food and Wine, Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, Riingo, Rouge Tomate, Scarpetta, South Gate, SUSHISAMBA 7, Tabla, Tailor, Telepan, Terrace 5 @ MOMA, The Modern, The Stanton Social, Tribeca Grill, Union Square Cafe
How Much: $275 to $7,500
For Who: City Harvest, Food Bank for New York City, Just Food, New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Nutrition Consortium of NYS
More Info: Website