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7 delicious moments you missed at 2015's NYC Wine and Food Festival

We came, we tasted, we ate.

New York City Wine and Food Festival 2015 rushed through Manhattan faster than you could satisfy your appetite for its 8th year bringing so much good wine and food -- more than usual! -- to the city.

Here's what you missed.

Start pacing your appetite for next year.

Endless fried chicken and champagne at Whoopi Goldberg's Chicken Coupe

A slew of events kicked off NYCWFF on
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

A slew of events kicked off NYCWFF on Thursday night, perhaps the most charming at Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, where Whoopi Goldberg hosted a waterside evening of fried chicken and champagne. The Beatrice Inn brought a high-brow buttermilk fried chicken thigh with garlic confit, blueberries and sage. Summer sandwich sensation ChickenShack made an appearance and the Brooklyn Star served up its signature chicken and waffle cones. Former winner The Queens Kickshaw dished out sweet cinnamon sugar chicken bites but Pies and Thighs with its crowd-please chicken biscuit took home the ultimate chicken trophy.

Epic meat creations at Thrillist's BBQ & Blues

OK, we'll admit we weren't thrilled to be
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

OK, we'll admit we weren't thrilled to be packed into a dark midtown basement not unlike, well, cattle, but there was some pretty notable carnivorous deliciousness to be had at the annual event. Otto's Tacos fried up ribs coated in masa wrapped in bacon, for an inside-out meaty taco twist and local pop-up Kimchi Smoke served its notorious brisket and kimchi doughnut sliders. Simplicity was key in standing out at an event where pumpkin beer on tap and stacks of hay provided the best ambiance: Mile End's homemade all-beef hot dog provided the perfect snap of meatiness, crunch of toasted bun and dip of ketchup any meat lover could appreciate.

Crazy decadent ramen at Ramen Party hosted by The Fat Jew

The Fat Jew may have shown up over
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

The Fat Jew may have shown up over 30 minutes late to his own party, but the High Line Hotel was already hopping with noodle slurpers galore. Hide Chan Ramen brought out all the stops with its white truffle and Parmesan cheese dan dan noodles, thickly coated in sesame paste and ground pork and equal parts cheesy and spicy for a completely unique noodle dish. The longest line at the event loomed at Daikaya, a Washington D.C. ramen shop serving its New York inspired lox and bagel (yes, there was cream cheese in these noodles!) ramen. Mokbar tossed bulgogi atop ramen for its signature Korean flare and Chuko sloshed out its notable vegetarian ramen with squash and perfectly chewy noodles.

The top New York hot dogs with Andrew Zimmern

New Yorkers and
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New Yorkers and "Bizarre Food" host Andrew Zimmern took to The Standard Biergarten Saturday afternoon to eat their way through the city's most iconic dish: the hot dog. Shake Shack, originally a hot dog stand, brought out its best franks (bacon-wrapped!) along with Bark's bacon cheddar dog and Rosamunde Sausage Grill's cheddar bratwurst, a perfect accoutrement for a crisp October day and a stein of beer.

Pasta galore at the Grand Tasting

The Grand Tasting on Saturday and Sunday brought
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

The Grand Tasting on Saturday and Sunday brought out restaurants, private chefs, caterers, local food makers, grocery superstars and so much more to the 150,000-square-foot space dedicated to food lovers for a weekend each year. Pasta and sauce was a big draw for eaters (perhaps thanks to all the wine), with popular bites being Barilla's new Pronto pasta, Victoria Fine Foods scooping out orecchiette with their signature marinara and plenty more bites of new pastas and sauces to add to shopping lists.

Dumplings and dim sum for days with Dale Talde

Dumpling fiends got the afternoon of a lifetime
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Dumpling fiends got the afternoon of a lifetime at Top Chef Dale Talde's event at Buddakan, an Asian-fusion restaurant currently relevant to "Sex and the City" fans and tourists. Current New York hotspots Pig and Khao, The Meatball Shop, Ganso Yaki, The Gorbals and more rolled out dumplings and noodles for an afternoon feast fit for foodie royalty.


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