In an exciting part two of NEO Food Tours’ Battle for Battery Park, we continued to the next competitor, only a block away from Battery Park Wine Bar. Reddstone is a “watering hole and grub hub” with a great outdoor patio that’s a blast in the summer. It’s completely hidden from the street, which I love. Of course in February, we weren’t going to the patio. The evening’s events were hosted upstairs in a dimly lit private room with its own bar and stage. With probably around forty people on the tour, plus the hosts for the evening, Ramon Rivas and Todd Gauman, and another half dozen or so guest judges, the room was pretty packed. The lack of lighting was great for atmosphere, but made it tough to really appreciate the beauty of the food. So I had to use the flash for the pictures, which I hate doing…but you can get the idea.
The space was much more intimate than Battery Park Wine Bar, but that wasn’t such a bad thing. There was a small raised stage to the side, which allowed the comedians to be right next to the audience. There’s a possibility they were a bit too close – story to follow.