Young’s NYC

Young’s NYC
Vegan, Vegetarian
Made (WITH VEGETABLES) in America

I love meeting people who love food, health & wellness, and who have made a career out of their passion. Alexander Meyers and Jessica Young of Young’s NYC are two perfect examples of this. After stints in the corporate restaurant world, both Alexander and Jessica left their ventures to follow their dreams of having a vegan pop-up restaurant. Alexander began his career at the French Culinary Institute and has worked for some of the restaurant industry’s biggest names, and Jessica, too, started her career at the French Culinary Institute and worked as a private chef as well as a pastry chef in one of New York’s most popular gluten free restaurants. The two connected over their passion for farm to table dining, sourcing local vegetables, and bringing vegetables to the forefront of a menu. Alexander and Jessica work closely with local purveyors and products, and their genuine passion for their business has resulted in a successful pop-up restaurant here in New York City.

I went to Young’s NYC most recent pop up event and had a wonderful experience. This season’s menu featured fava beans with spring pea custard, ramps with barley cooked in tea and vanilla glazed turnips, and beets with blackberry cocoa butter and dark chocolate ice cream. As you can see, the menu is 100% vegan, but not 100% gluten free. Not to worry! The Young’s team is happy to accommodate ANY allergy. My ramps dish used quinoa instead of barley and it was amazing. Everything tasted natural and fresh, and the Young’s team made vegan dining elegant and delicious.

Young’s NYC is off to a great start and I look forward to the unique pairings and vegetable combinations at their next pop up event. Alexander and Jessica also dream of having their own brick and mortar, too, to share their vegan cuisine with New York City year round. Good luck and see you at your next event!

Taste of TriBeCa

Taste of TriBeCa is a one-of-a-kind outdoor culinary festival in New York City sponsored by Citi, Bayer Public Relations, Brown Harris Stevens, City Winery, Downtown Express, Douglas Elliman, and Flywheel, and features signature dishes from renowned TriBeCa chefs. The Festival takes place on Duane Street and makes for an afternoon of family fun and delicious food; and it’s for charity… what could be better!  Buying a Taste of TriBeCa ticket helps raise money for PS 150 and PS 234’s arts and enrichment programs.With nearly all of downtown’s critically acclaimed restaurants participating, Taste of TriBeCa brings together top talent from some of the most sought after destinations.

I went to Taste of TriBeCa this year and absolutely loved it. For a $45 advance ticket or $50 at the door, you have access to TriBeCa’s hottest restaurants. Each chef features one dish, and lucky for me, many of the featured dishes were gluten free! With my TofT purchase I was given 6 meal tickets and was able to try food at 6 booths. Although you are given 6 tickets, I think I tasted from at least 10-15 booths! Chefs and managers are excited for you to taste their food and eager to talk about their dishes and specialties offered at their restaurants. So which dishes were my favorite?? My gluten free favorites included smoked hickory ribeye from Palm TriBeCa, the shrimp ceviche and guacamole from Sazon, the octopus from Thalassa, the spring vegetables with quinoa from Mulberry & Vine, the deviled eggs from The Butterfly, and the pastrami duck from Tiny’s.

At the end of the event, I left full and with several new restaurant additions to my “Restaurants To Try” list. I need to make it over to TriBeCa more often! And my fingers are crossed that at next year’s Taste event, my favorite restaurants including Locanda Verde, Bubby’s, Sarabeth’s, and Nobu will have a gluten free option for me to ‘taste’!