What is New York Taste?
New York Taste is New York magazine’s signature culinary event. The event features more than 40 celebrated chefs, mixologists and rising stars on the New York restaurant scene. Last year marked the event’s 20th annual edition!

When was New York Taste?
The event was on Monday, October 22, 2018. General Admission tickets granted access to the event from 7:00-9:00PM, and VIP tickets granted access to the preview hour and the main event, from 6:00-9:00PM.

How much were tickets?
General Admission ticket price: $125 + tax. This ticket granted access to New York Taste from 7:00-9:00PM.

VIP ticket price: $225 + tax. This ticket granted access to New York Taste from 6:00-9:00PM. VIP ticket holders enjoy an exclusive VIP preview hour from 6:00-7:00PM prior to General Admission doors opening, access to the VIP lounge throughout the evening with special tastings, and an exclusive gift bag.

How are tickets purchased?
Tickets for New York Taste were purchased directly through the website.

What was included with a VIP ticket purchase?
VIP ticket holders enjoyed an exclusive VIP preview hour from 6:00-7:00PM prior to General Admission doors opening, access to the VIP lounge throughout the evening with special tastings, an exclusive gift bag, and a complimentary three-month trial membership to New York by New York, New York's members-only special event program*.

*offer was valid for new memberships only; current NYxNY members were not eligible for 3-month membership offer. Offer valid for ticket purchaser only.

How did guests pick up tickets?
Physical tickets were not required for entry into the event. The door was run by an electronic check-in process. Guests who purchased a ticket online checked in with their names at the door. With a General Admission ticket, guests had access to the event at 7:00PM, and with a VIP ticket, guests had access to the event at 6:00PM.

Was there an age requirement to attend?
Yes, guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

Where is the Waterfront Building?
The Waterfront is located at 269 11th Avenue (between 27th and 28th Streets) in Manhattan. Entrance to the event was on the 11th Avenue side of the building. The 12th Avenue entrance was not open for the event.


How were restaurants selected for New York Taste?
New York magazine’s culinary editors personally invited chefs and mixologists from different restaurants to participate, ensuring a diverse mix of the best tastes of New York.

Was New York Taste a charity event?
Yes! New York partnered with City Harvest for the 20th year. Each year, a portion of the proceeds are donated to City Harvest.

What is City Harvest?
City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 61 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs help food-insecure New Yorkers access nutritious food that fits their needs and desires; increase our partners’ capacity; and strengthen the local food system, building a path to a food-secure future for all New Yorkers. To learn more about our work, visit

Were guests able to speak to the chefs?
Yes! Guests were encouraged to interact with the chefs and mixologists as they prepared and plated the food - all part of the experience!

How did guests get a gift bag?
VIP gift bags were reserved only for those guests who purchased a VIP ticket.

What was the dress code?
The event did not have a dress code! It was fun and casual, and all about trying the many different food and drink offerings.

How could press attend the event?
A limited number of press passes were available. Press contacted Aude White at if interested.

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Can you tell me more about this historic Waterfront Building?
Built in 1891, the Terminal Stores building (aka The Waterfront) was the most ambitious riverfront structure of its time; it was made to look like a medieval fortress. Twin rail lines originally ran through the central corridor of the building from docks on the Hudson to a freight line running up Eleventh Avenue.  When built, this complex of seven-story warehouses was the only one in New York with direct river, road, and rail access—acting as a major transfer point for merchants receiving or shipping goods. And now, 126 years later, it plays host to the 20th annual New York Taste.

About New York Media
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