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New York Taste 2011: A World of Flavors

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If you've always wanted to dine at the top-rated restaurants that line Manhattan's streets, but you can't decide which international fare to try first—here's your chance to walk around, sample an array of dishes and mingle not only with your friends, but maybe even some world-renowned chefs.

Located at 643 Hudson Street

On Monday, November 7, 2011, foodies and wine aficionados who explore "New York" magazine's New York Taste: A World of Flavors at the Skylight Studio in SoHo, will experience the delights of gourmet cooking from around the globe—without actually leaving the Big Apple.

Over 40 restaurants will showcase their signature dishes, taking attendees on an exciting and delicious adventure. Sample Lebanese food from ilili Restaurant, Japanese cuisine from Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's restaurant—Morimoto, or Fatty Crab's Malaysian dish prepared by Chef Zakary Pelaccio.

Enjoy Fatty Crab's Southeast Asian cuisine

Are you in the mood for a sumptuous blend of Ethiopian, Swedish and Harlem flavors? Then, head over to the table from Top Chef Masters Season Two winner and owner of Red Rooster Harlem—Marcus Samuelsson. Or, savor the creations from The International Culinary Center in SoHo, home of the French Culinary Institute.

The International Culinary Institute is located at 462 Broadway

And, there's so much more. Enjoy a Greek sampling from Kefi—owned by Chef Michael Psilakis, Australian cuisine from SHO Shaun Hergatt, or Italian goodies from Ai Fiori. Various venues offer American foods, including Gramercy Tavern and Gilt, plus more Southeast Asian fare from Spice Market and Qi Bangkok Eatery.

Spice Market offers Malaysian cuisine at 403 West 13th Street

Pair your tastes with wine, individual bottles of beverages, or liquid concoctions created by the featured mixologists.

Imbibe wine and expertly mixed cocktails

Unlike other tasting events where each ticket only allows a specific number of tastes, at this fundraiser, which benefits City Harvest, you can sample something from all the restaurants—if you wish. Which dish will entice your gaze and palate first? Should you start with entrees, or desserts from the pastry experts of Francois Payard Bakery? Or refresh with cocktails from Pegu Club as you trek the floor.

Regardless of which part of the meal, or area of the globe you start your evening's culinary journey, by the time you depart for your own home, your taste buds will be content—having traveled quite far.
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Why? Enjoy international cuisine without pricey airline tickets
When: Monday, November 7, 2011, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Skylight SoHo, 275 Hudson Street
Cost: Ticket prices vary
I absolutely love this and it's making me hungry. There are so many great restaurants around the city and it's always wonderful when they come together to showcase their talents, especially when it involves a good cause. I loveeee Spice Market by the way.
By L.R. - senior writer
Thursday, 3rd of November @ 07:35 am
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, L.R. I'm glad you love this piece. I agree with you that there are so many dining venues in the Big Apple, and you're so right. There are definitely so many that it's convenient when they're all presenting their tasty dishes, all in one spot. Yes, Spice Market is one great place to eat. We love it, too. We actually chanced upon it a little while ago when we were exploring the Meatpacking District. Thank goodness we did, cause it's now one of our favorite places to eat.
By Cristina Dimen - senior reviewer
Friday, 4th of November @ 02:14 am
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