May 10th was an unseasonably warm evening in NYC, that hosted an even hotter evening for culinary aficionados. It was on this night that the First Annual Lobster de Mayo was held, a lobster tasting event put together by Homarus, New York’s premiere lobster supplier, to benefit City Harvest. Hosted by the Food Network’s Katie Lee, the event brought out lobster lovers in packs, including some familiar faces, like that of model and foodie, Chrissy Teigen.
Held at the popular event space Capitale, guests were surrounded by lovely pre-war architecture in a grand space where twenty renowned New York City restaurants showcased some of their best lobster dishes for attendees to taste.
Lobster was paired with tequila, having Patron as the main liquor sponsor of the evening, which had multiple bar set-ups, including a margarita bar, and a station for personalizing your own lime squeezer.
I made my rounds to many restaurants, but my favorite dish of the night was by far was Tao Downtown’s Lobster Tacos (in a fried wonton shell) with avocado, cabbage, and a special sauce by Chef John Villa. Other favorites included Lavo’s Lobster and Spring Vegetable salad by Chef John Deloach, and The Wayfarer’s Roasted Maine Lobster– Skordalia, lemon herb beurre monte. Click below for more photos from the event!
I really had a lovely time at Lobster de Mayo, and was super proud of myself because I attended solo. The dishes were delicious, and I can’t wait to visit some of the featured restaurants to have the real deal!
*Photos by Amy Sussman