UPPER WEST SIDE — New-to-the-neighborhood chefs, including April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig, will show off their food alongside old favorites from Momofuku Milk Bar and Shake Shack at a new event this June.
New Taste of the Upper West Side, the annual food festival put on by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, is looking to capitalize on Bloomfield's star power, as well as the popularity of Jacob Hadjigeorgis of Jacob's Pickles.
Both chefs will offer selections from their menus at the festival's new "Summer in the City: Surf & Turf" event on June 3.
Bloomfield is rumored to have plans to open a new diner-style restaurant in the neighborhood with her partner Ken Friedman. They have their sights set on 375 Amsterdam Ave. at West 78th Street, home of the short-lived Upper West Side branch of Risotteria, according to reports.
The new restaurant does not have a name yet, said a spokeswoman for New Taste. Bloomfield did not immediately return request for comment.
Last month, the duo opened Bloomfield's sixth venture, Salvation Burger, in East Midtown with $25 burgers as the main attraction, to much buzz.
Another new neighborhood restaurant, Maison Pickle, will also make its debut by serving up dishes at the event. Hadjigeorgis, owner of Jacob's Pickles, the craft beer and Southern eats spot on Amsterdam Avenue, is opening Maison Pickle in the former Ouest space.
The event, hosted by celebrity chefs and regulars on the Food Network, Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli, will also showcase other recently opened restaurants, including Playa Betty's, Jin Ramen and Han Dynasty.
A.G. Kitchen and The Meatball Shop are also confirmed for the evening, which will have a beach theme and offer wine, beer and cocktails.
Tickets to the event are $105 per person or two for $185.
New Taste will also host its "Best of the West" event the following evening featuring food from some of the neighborhood's more upscale restaurants. Both events are held at the O'Shea Complex on Columbus Avenue at West 77th Street.