New York City.
It is a place the world admires, and a city that many covet to live in – and we do! We are the few, the very happy few who grin, bare, and flourish in the sometimes harsh reality of living in the big apple. We have the best of times, but we also embrace the very worst of times. Despite those bad times, the spirit of New York City will continue to whisper in our ears. We come from all over the globe to pursue our dreams; we make New York City the lovely place it is. We contribute to the many cultures, lifestyles, and characteristics of New York, and we love it!
Once a month, two talented Chefs embrace this myriad, and invite us to their table at RSVP Social Club. Chef Byron Gomez and Chef Luigi Pujols have created an interactive dining experience in a tasting menu format that allows New Yorkers to savor seasonal ingredients, and cuisines from all over the globe.
These two Chefs met while working, and cooking at Chef Daniel Boulud’s Lower East Side restaurant DBGB. There they would collaborate on preparing a delicious service staff meal making it very clear that these two Chefs have a genuine love of cooking for others. While sharing their passion for food, wine, and bringing people together, RSVP Social Club was born in their own home in the New York neighborhood of Harlem in September, 2014.
“It is a great time in Harlem.” Explains Chef Pujols “the community is constantly evolving, and the people are really open to the idea of a pop up.”
Though, restaurant pop up culture is nothing new to New York Chefs. Hosting Pop Ups are where many New York City Chefs begin their own restaurant ventures, because it is lease free. Not only are Pop Ups economical, they instill a sense of intrigue! Chefs can to be spontaneous and new with their menus ~ at will. RSVP Social Club menus have been inspired by theme, region, time of year, and are accompanied with beverage pairings that enhance the flavors of each dish! I was fortunate enough to witness and enjoy RSVP Social Club’s Thanksgiving Around the World menu, in November. Chef Gomez’s turkey taco has been in my head since. “The turkey taco idea was taken from the book Relae.” Explains Chef Gomez.
Relae, is a restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark owned and operated by one of my favorite Chef’s Christian Puglisi. The New York spirit yet again whispered in my ear, once Chef Gomez explained his inspiration for the turkey taco to me!
“Chef Puglisi used celeriac thinly sliced and interpreted it as a traditional Mexican tortilla. That blew my mind.”
It blew mine as well! The traditional flavors of an American Thanksgiving was in a taco! Chef Gomez substituted the traditional cranberry sauce with rosehip and garnished his dish with epazote, an herb often used in Mexican dishes. It was delicious.
The RSVP Social Club dining table is unique, and intimate, and offers exactly what New Yorkers need to escape. This exclusivity allow us to gather, and enjoy genuine conversation with individuals with whom we may never have met in our own social circles. Each person at the table brings a smile, pleasant conversation, an appetite and leaves with the possibility of a new friend, and the guarantee of having one of the best meals in New York City.
It is hospitality in the truest definition.
Space for each dinner is limited, and an RSVP is required. To sign up for their mailing list, contact RSVPsocialclubnyc@gmail.com
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