The MEL&NYC festival, coinciding with the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, celebrates the cultural parallels between Melbourne and New York City. It’s a packed program full of art, music and comedy.
But no New York City festival would be complete without a nod to that city’s culinary history. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has enlisted some of Melbourne’s best to come up with their own odes to the Big Apple. Check them out below.
Burch and Purchese
South Yarra’s multilevel dessert store is taking on the quintessential dessert named after the city itself. Its New York-cheesecake tart comes with a blueberry, vanilla and gin jelly.
The American-style barbeque joint will be keeping it simple with a laidback pastrami on rye, the classic NYC sandwich served at kosher delis across New York.
5 & Dime Bagels
Zev Forman from 5 & Dime Bagels grew up just around the corner from NYC in New Jersey – he knows a thing or two about bagels. Forman will serve up a smoked fish number inspired by Brooklyn’s famous Shelsky’s deli loaded with pickled herring and chive cream cheese.
Maker & Monger
Prahran Market’s notable cheesemonger Maker & Monger is delivering the stuff of cheesy dreams with a grilled mac‘n’cheese toasted sandwich and a take on the classic hotdog.
Andrew McConnell’s Fitzroy butchery has got a rendition of a Coney Island chilli dog consisting of a beef hot dog, con carne, schmear and cheddar on a milk bun that gets a healthy spreading of cream cheese.
The ice-cream heroes at Pidapipo have created a twist on a s’more, the classic American camping snack. Toasted marshmallow gelato is laced with chocolate fudge and graham cracker crumbs. The flavour will be available at its Carlton, Windsor and CBD stores.
Richmond cafe Top Paddock is testing new limits for sugar consumption in one sitting. Its black-and-white ice-cream is made up of choc-fudge-brownie cookies, house-made parfait, salted caramel drizzle and a pretzel, bagel and popcorn crumb.
Eau de Vie
The Malthouse Lane cocktail bar is dishing up its take on the classic Sazerac cocktail featuring Starward whisky straight from the barrel, Pedro Ximenez sherry, chilli liqueur, chocolate bitters and green chartreuse.
One thing New York and Melbourne have in common is the influence of Italian migrants. This laneway cocktail bar will combine the Manhattan cocktail and the Espresso Martini using a healthy pour of Amaro Americano, which is shaken with Supreme coffee beans.
Whisky & Alement
This Russel Street whisky den will also serve up its own take on the Manhattan using Melbourne Moonshine, Maidenii Dry Vermouth and Maraschino liqueur.
Bites of the Big Apple will be available at participating venues from July 27 to August 12. Check here for more details.