Lovers of nieuwe maatjes herring imported from the Netherlands can finally celebrate the arrival of the delicacy this Thursday (June 18). The Grand Central Oyster Bar‘s annual Holland Herring Festival was delayed a week, and will finally get underway on Thursday. The first-tasting ceremony, now in its 35th year, will begin at 12:00 noon. This year’s arrival of the Dutch Herring at New York City’s Oyster Bar was originally scheduled for June 10. Three reasons cited for the delay were very low fat content in the herring; the absence of adequate sunlight to produce the plankton that the herring feed on; and stormy North Sea waters, where the herring are fetched, according to executive chef Sandy Ingber.
The Oyster Bar has for three decades been the traditional destination in America for the first Holland Herring of the season. The most-looked-forward-to time of the year for herring lovers, the delicacy arrives air-expressed to the Oyster Bar from Scheveningen, The Netherlands, on the North Sea where the herring fleet makes its home. The Oyster Bar always receives the very first herring shipped to the USA, and the cream of the catch, as well. Beginning on June 18th, and for approximately two weeks thereafter, the Oyster Bar looks forward to featuring the succulent, toothsome delicacy known as nieuwe maatjes herring. Herring fanciers will enjoy the season for less than a month. The herring filets are served with hard-boiled egg, sweet onion and chives. Herring filets are priced at $7.00, and the herring salad at $7.95 per order. Central Oyster Bar at 212-490-6650, or visit http://www.oysterbarny.com/ .
Sandy Sails High Seas Saturday: chowder, oysters and search for shipwrecks
Sandy Ingber, the seasoned skipper (executive chef) of the famed Grand Central Oyster Bar, is heading onto high seas, and joining the editors of True.Ink , the new experience-based magazine, for an amazing summer night of chowder, oysters, wine, and other culinary delights for a select group on a fishing boat off the coast of New York on Saturday, June 20 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Along with serving up the famed chowder, a recipe that dates back to the birth of the historic restaurant in 1913, Ingber (a.k.a. Bishop of Bivalves) and the Oyster Bar’s champion Luis Iglesias will be shucking oysters, on the voyage departing from Pier I on Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, promptly at 4pm. Tickets are priced at$135 per person. To receive a $40 discount, sign up at True.Ink and use the discount code found on the site. For information on the event and travel arrangements to the pier, please email email@example.com .
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