Blog: iAdventure.com's Empire Oyster
Despite the recent change in season, the rooftop at Hudson Terrace was open wide on Tuesday night as the folks from iadventure.com were back in full swing with an event part of New York Oyster Week. Titled “Empire Oyster,” the casual laid back evening would feature some of the state’s finest local shellfish coupled with pours of wine and craft beer set amongst the backdrop of a picturesque waterfront sunset.
The two hour event brought a half dozen distinctive oysters to different tasting tables, each equipped with in-the-know shuckers more than willing to explain the contrasting styles and discernible tastes of every freshly halved delicacy. The tables were ready to go promptly at the 6pm start time as each station was equipped with the requisite accoutrement – cocktail sauce, freshly sliced lemon, hot sauce, and two tangy mignonettes. Dousing each oyster wasn’t the problem- but choosing which ones to utilize your six food tickets on surely became one.
Grabbing a champagne glass of sparkling white wine, we headed straight for the center of the spacious rooftop, where we immediately grabbed some “Naked Cowboy” oysters. The briny, wild oysters were both meaty and about three inches in size. But best of all is that they can be found all around New York City without much effort. Similarly succulent was the buttery “Peconic Bay,” a fleshy style, delectably different than the previous, which a rich and almost creamy flavor profile. And the “Shinnecock” was altogether different despite its similar chewiness to the “Peconics.” Medium bodied and medium sized, this was perhaps our favorite pairing with our glass of white wine.
If there’s one thing you can count on from the iadventure.com team, it’s their ability to mix up their style of events with each passing happening. Whether it’s a more casual setting like “Empire Oyster,” a raucous wing tasting at Bowlmor, a beer drinker’s paradise at the Village Pourhouse, or next weekend’s upcoming “Pickle Palooza II” right back here at Hudson Terrace, you can count on each being distinctive and fun, offering up some of New York City’s finest eats under one roof. Wednesday night seemed like a collection of after-work types gathering together in small groups to let off some steam and get a taste of the good life. And we were just happy to have been a part of it.