The 2015 New Taste of the Upper West Side kicks off again this May with an exciting lineup of new and returning restaurants, world-class chefs and celebrity hosts for an unforgettable three-night culinary celebration. The annual event, which was created by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (“BID”), a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit, donates all net proceeds to the local community for neighborhood improvement and beautification projects such as the Columbus Avenue BID’s Sustainable Streetscape project, and other beneficiaries as the Wellness in the Schools program, Greenhouse Classroom, Citymeals-on-Wheels and Theodore Roosevelt Park.
The culmination of this star-packed three-day food festival is Best of the West on Saturday, May 30th, where many of the Upper West Side’s most famous restaurants and celebrity chefs are the focus of an evening centered around spectacular cuisine, world-class wines and enticing cocktails, buoyed by the 16-piece rhythms of Joe Battaglia & The New York Big Band. The celebratory event will be hosted this year by Anne Burrell, host of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America, and Marc Murphy, owner and executive chef of Benchmarc Restaurants (Landmarc and Ditch Plains), executive chef of Kingside and popular judge of Food Network’s Chopped. With 40 New York City restaurants, including Boulud Sud, RedFarm and Dovetail, it is a celebration of fine cuisine under the grand white tent that spans Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets.
About the Columbus Avenue BID: The Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, representing merchants and property owners along Columbus Avenue from West 67th Street to West 82nd Street. Formed in 1999 in a landmark district, its membership includes a diverse range of retailers, restaurateurs and commercial and mixed-use property owners, comprising all of the commercial establishments. In addition, the Columbus Avenue BID’s district includes the American Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Park, The New-York Historical Society and the Rose Center for Earth and Space.