Where can you taste dishes from Bobby Flay, Lidia Bastianich, Dan Barber, Tom Valenti, Joey Campanaro and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto all under one roof? At New York Magazine's annual Taste of New York, a fundraiser for City Harvest. The cocktails (from some of the city's best: Pegu Club, Flatiron Lounge, and Little Branch) were flowing and the crowd was on a mission to taste everything these chefs could dish out.

One of the first tables on our list was The Little Owl, since we haven't yet made it to the restaurant. We were thrilled to see Chef Campanaro's meatball sliders and are happy to report that they were as delicious as we had hoped -- a more refined version of a meatball sub, seasoned perfectly, and pleasantly messy to eat. We continued our feast, visiting Chef Tim Love of Lonesome Dove, wearing his signature hat and serving up a guajillo rubbed foie gras brulee on Texas toast.

We were once again impressed with Chef Jonathon Sawyer of Parea, who served a braised lamb ribs with honey and fennel, knocking Parea up a few notches on our must-visit list. Chef Michael Psilakis of dona showcased his impeccable crudo, this time composed of escolar (white tuna), smoked pig trotter, preserved lemon, and parsley. Gene Kato at Japonais served up one of their signature dishes, marinated strip steak for tasters to cook themselves atop hot rocks. When we asked about the marinade, Chef Kato was elusive. "Soy and ginger. And a few other things," he added with a smile. Iron Chef Morimoto served up delicate kampachi carpaccio and took the time to ham it up for a few photos.

We finished off the evening with a delectable espresso panna cotta from Ouest, and ended up in a discussion about sustainable agriculture and foie gras with Chef Tom Valenti, who already had a foie gras backup plan in place. "If they outlaw it in New York," he said, "I'll drive to Pennsylvania."

Be sure to check out NYC Nosh's "noshcast" of discussions with some of the chefs at the event.

Photos by Matthew Krautheim