If you’re even halfway interested in good beer, good food, sustainable agriculture, food politics or New York City’s best bars, we’d be shocked if you haven’t yet come across Jimmy Carbone.
He’s the man behind Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village, 1 Dominick in Tribeca, the Good Beer Seal, the little group that’s trying to promote craft beer bars we wrote about last year in an article we were super-happy to title What Would Jimmy Drink. (The seal, BTW, was unveiled at our own July Good Beer event at BAM.)
Jimmy’s No. 43 is pretty much ground zero for local food: On any given week over a meal or craft pint at the place you might meet a pig farmer or get oysters shucked by the very folks who grew them in Long Island or meet the maker of local kimchee or taste some awesome jam or pickle or locally raised grain or run into a cooking contest or the after-party for Hungry Filmmakers, which runs at nearby Anthology Film Archives.
He’s also one of the guys behind Taste of Tribeca, which is happening this Saturday on Duane Street between Greenwich and Hudson Streets to raise money for two public schools, one of which his daughter attends. We know, there are plenty of Taste ofs these days, but the ToT is like the O.G. of neighborhood tastings.
There are dozens (really) of some of the area’s awesome restaurants on Duane — like the Harrison, Bouley, Tribeca Grill, Blaue Gans, Landmarc and (hell yeah!) Nobu — the nabe is packed with people and many local wine shops host complimentary wine tastings. This year there’s also two cooking competitions, one for lamb meatballs and one for dumplings, over which our esteemed editor in chief, Gabrielle Langholtz, will hold court as judge. She’s gonna try not to get too full beforehand, but with Jimmy around, we’re not making any promises.