Bright lights, flashing colours, decadent dishes, Secret Foodies takes its guests to the city that never sleeps.

Celebrating everything wondrous about the city that never sleeps, our New York, New York event was held at Eastside Kitchen + Bar in Chippendale. Situated in the Old Rum Store in the heart of the Kensington Street precinct, Eastside’s 80-seater industrial dining room offered the ideal setting for the two-night experience in May.

Secret Foodies guests were sent an SMS with the secret meeting location on both Wednesday and Thursday nights at 5pm exactly. Arriving to the venue at 7pm, an array of Mint Julep cocktails awaited guests keen to immerse themselves in the New York inspired frivolities.

Whilst guests mingled in the main dining area, a selection of canapés circulated the room, including pan-fried prawns with an innovative Bloody Mary injection!

Having already sampled Eastside’s mouth-watering canapés, it was time to be seated so that the main feast could begin.

As guests eased into their seats, the first wine was poured for the evening, a crisp Days of Rosé vino. As names were exchanged across tables and wine glasses clinked, it was time for the first dish of the evening.

On individual plates sat weighty portions of freshly made burrata. Each guest was treated to an entire mound of burrata cheese, coupled with grilled asparagus and topped with a tangy chive vinaigrette. Cutting into the cheese, it immediately oozed onto the plate, evoking plenty of ‘wows’ around the table.

With plates cleaned around the room, glasses were soon filled with the next vino for the evening: Batch X Shiraz. A very easy drinking red wine, it made for the ideal accompaniment to the main dish of the night: char-grilled Ranger’s Valley Angus hanger steak. Cooked perfectly medium-rare, it was teamed with a decadent truffle potato gratin, broccolini and roasted capsicum.

Stomachs expanding, it was time for Alex to have a Q&A with Head Chef Stanley Wong. Stanley explained his passion for cooking, with many of his dishes inspired by his mixed Chinese and German heritage.

It was then time for one last hurrah, but dessert was no afterthought. In pure NYC style, Wong and his team dished up a contemporary take on New York Cheesecake. Light and fluffy in texture, this dessert was incredible. With a cosmopolitan cocktail resting alongside the dish, guests were treated to a particularly sweet end to the night.

Eastside Kitchen + Bar crafted a Secret Foodies menu that will no doubt inspire guests to travel to the concrete jungle. Check out photos from the event here

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Eastside Kitchen + Bar
Level 1
2-10 Kensington Street
Chippendale 2008