Picture this: You’re decked out in your finest summer grab, nibbling on Saxon & Parole’s Impossible Burger while mingling with top tennis players. Sounds dreamy? Snag your tickets now to Citi’s Taste of Tennis.
On August 23, some of NYC’s best chefs will descend on Cipriani for the annual fest that kicks off the beginning the United States Open Tennis Championships. Here’s a rundown of exactly which dishes we can’t wait to eat.
A little spicy, a lot bright and utterly refreshing on a hot day, the Nikkei ceviche from Mina Newman of Sen Sakana will feature torched salmon, shiso and yuzu leche d’ tigre.
Hop a plane to the Italian coast without leaving New York with a bite of Scarpetta’s Chef Jorge Espinoza’s creamy polenta and fricassée of truffled mushrooms.
The Impossible Burger
Sometimes you just want a juicy, burger. Nicole Gajadhar of Saxon & Parole has you covered with The Impossible Burger topped with a mushroom puree, sherry onion, truffle cream, and shaved winter truffles.
Tater Tots with Ossetra Caviar + Gold Billionaire’s Bacon
These are not the tater tots of our youth. Chef Cedric Tovar of Lotte New York Palace Hotel is bringing a dose of nostalgia with a luxe twist by dishing up tater tots with caviar and a pork belly turned into a spicy bacon topped with gold flakes in the VIP area.
Rock Shrimp Torta
This is the dish that you’ll be dreaming of come New York’s long, dreary winters. Loews Regency Bar & Grill’s Chef Catherine Medrano Rock Shrimp Torta featuring rock shrimp, cilantro, jalapneo, espelette, crispy torta and a secret lemon zest aioli is a bite of summer.
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What are moffles you might ask? Only the most magical breakfast dessert you’ve ever tasted. Queens food stand, Moffle Bar is dishing up three kinds of mochi stuffed waffles: a Unicorn flavor with condensed milk and fruity pebbles, a Dark Unicorn flavor with chocolate sauce and cocoa pebbles and a Rosé Hibiscus with rosé sabayon and hibiscus crystals.
Prawn Sausage Hotdog
Sujan Sarkar of Baar Baar is elevating traditional stadium food with his take on the classic hot dog: a surf and turf prawn sausage hotdog.
Chef Wenford Simpson’s (Walkerswood Caribbean Foods) sliders are a summer party for your mouth. He takes slow-cooked jerk chicken pulls it apart and mixes it with pickled red cabbage and curry mango salad for open-faced sliders.
There’s really nothing Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Citi’s Taste of Tennis headliner, could put in front of us that we wouldn’t want to eat but we’re particularly excited to try his take on duck tacos. Not into Taco Thursday? He’ll also be dishing up a variety of sushi offerings.
Shaved Ice + Ice Cream Sandwiches
Name a dish more refreshing than Japanese shaved ice on a hot day. We’ll wait. Eddie Zheng of The Little One (known for its Japanese teas and desserts) will serve various types of Japanese shaved ice as well as ice cream sandwiches made with rice wafers.
Chocolate Hazelnut Bar
That’s right. Doug Hernandez of Oceana Restaurant is creating the must-have treat for chocolate lovers: white chocolate cremeux, chocolate meringue, candied hazelnuts, candied cocoa nibs and Nutella powder. Bet you can’t eat just one.
Tickets to Citi’s Taste of Tennis are going first, make sure to nab yours.