As warnings of evening thunderstorms for New York City circulated, we at SAVEUR came to a decision: Rain or shine, the 6th annual SAVEUR Summer Cookout would go on. Because brisket sliders and grilled fish ssam still taste good even when it’s a little rainy.
Luckily, only a light sprinkling made its way through the clouds, and so grills were fired up at the waterside Boat Basin Café. Sixteen chefs, as well as sponsors and bartenders, encircled a Build Your Own Cocktail bar, making it possible to eat Alex Guarnaschelli's romesco-topped eggplant, chase it with Christina Tosi's cake truffles, move on to Scott Conant's Calabrian wings—and then make another loop for seconds. As the night slowed down, we collectively migrated to the VIP Lounge, where we sipped on mai tais and drinks in coconuts from Chicago's Three Dots and a Dash, and witnessed one of the most Instagrammed events of the night: a spectacular red-orange sunset over the Hudson River.