Chefs on Reality Show 'The Taste' Cook NoLita Pop-Up Dinners

By Andrea Swalec on March 1, 2013 9:18am 

MANHATTAN — The boyfriend-girlfriend chef duo featured on the ABC reality show "The Taste" are whipping up dinner this weekend on the Bowery.

Le Bernadin alumni Gregg Drusinsky and industry newcomer Sarah Ashley Schiear are hosting a five-course pop-up dinner series through Saturday night at the Old Bowery Station on the Bowery at Kenmare Street.

Schiear, a 28-year-old NoHo resident, said diners can expect top-notch food in a relaxed environment.

"People feel like they're coming to our home for dinner, only this is way cooler than our home," she said.

With 24-person seatings at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. each night, the chefs will start the evening with a surprise amuse bouche not listed on the menu. The dishes that make up the meal, which runs $85 per person, all have "bright" tastes that draw from multiple regional cuisines, Schiear said.

The menu includes a roasted shiitake salad with miso and smoked eel, cumin lamb with yogurt and green olive, and the curry lobster bisque Drusinsky, 31, cooked in his audition for "The Taste."

"It's a lot of things that we like to cook at home for our friends," Schiear said.

Old Bowery Station, a small cafe built out of a former subway entrance, is run by Openhouse Gallery, which operates multiple Downtown pop-up spaces.

Only two more episodes are left in the first season of "The Taste" — which stars Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson — but Schiear wouldn't even hint at who takes home top honors.

She said appearing on the show that filmed in September had been fun, but stressful.

"You're kind of living in a different world," she said. "It's not reality. It's a unique experience."

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