Now showing: an oyster shuck-and-suck to kick off five days of movies and grubbing
A beautiful summer night, sandy waterside seating, 6,500 oysters, seven short films and a couple hundred hungry slurpers made for a pretty perfect kickoff to the fourth annual NYC Food Film Festival. The Suck N’ Shuck event, held at Water Taxi Beach at the South Street Seaport, featured all-you-can-eat bivalves—a throwback to the days when the critters abounded off the Manhattan shoreline. Arrayed on beds of ice were Malpeques and Beau Soleils from Nova Scotia as well as our personal favorite, Rhode Island Watch Hills. For a break between oysters courses, servers ferried trays of non-raw goodies like Angels on Horseback (bacon-wrapped oysters) from Jimmy’s No. 43 and yellowtail poke on rice crackers prepared by festival Executive Chef Harry Hawk. Plus, an open bar. Yes!
As the slurping began to slow (we, and others, discovered it may be possible to eat one’s fill of oysters), the crowd settled back to watch teams like Peter Hoffman and Susan Rosenfeld of Savoy and brothers Adam and Brad Farmerie—of AvroKo and Double Crown, respectively—compete in the night’s namesake event, the Suck N’ Shuck. After a neck-and-neck contest in which three people shed blood, Jimmy Carbone and his shucker, “Eddie Oyster,” prevailed with 24 oysters.
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Photos by Gabi Porter.