Tressa in Crown Heights

The NY editor of Tasting Table gives us the scoop on NY's best kept secret, her love of biking in heels and why she's inviting Will & Kate to her dinner party.

Name: Tressa Eaton

Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia

Current Location: Crown Heights and Soho

Day Job: New York Editor, TastingTable.com

Daily Uniform: Jeans and ankle boots, or heels I can bike in.

In the kitchen, I swear by: Cast iron skillets and coconut oil

I have a few: Mason jars. Actually, more than a few after completing a thesis on canning…

The taste I couldn’t live without: Bitter dark chocolate

The meal I made that I’m most proud of was: A Wesleyan Thanksgiving for 20

For my next birthday, I plan to: Be with the people I love.

Most incredible dinner out: I eat out five nights a week for work… so how about two? Eleven Madison Park. Eleven Madison Park. Eleven Madison Park. Or the first time I ate at Prune.

Any hidden talents? I’m a damn good ice skater from years of competitive figure skating as a kid, and then playing ice hockey in high school.

Most prized possession: My great-great-grandmother’s gold coin bracelet. She’s my namesake.

I’m dying to go to: Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand

You’re having a dream dinner party – who’s invited? I so rarely
get to cook at home, so for me, any dinner party is a dream. Along
with far-flung friends and family, I’d invite: Eliot Coleman so I
could pick his brain about my new backyard. Mark Twain for his quips.
Meryl Streep for sheer star power. And Will + Kate, because why the
hell not?

New York’s best-kept hidden secret? Make time for Fish Fridays at Acme Smoked Fish. It’s a once-a-week occasion that this purveyor of some of the best smoked
salmon, sable and whitefish in the city throws opens its doors to the
public–and sells it all at wholesale prices.  Get yourself to
Greenpoint, and you’ll be sitting pretty come weekend brunch.

My Top 5 Meals

1. Churros and pudding-like chocolate under snow-heavy orange trees in Granada

2. Breakfast at the top of Machu Picchu

3. A butter-soaked Lobster Roll at Red’s Eats in Wiscasset, Maine

4. Kale Salad, Prawns, Pasta, and deeply thick Panna Cotta with heavy balsamic vinegar at Il Buco’s copper bar with my mom

5. A growler of Greenport Harbor beer and fried chicken from Salamander’s, served sound-side on Long Island’s North Fork (Check out Tressa’s article about this here)

My motto in life: Everything (and nothing) in moderation.

Photography by: Alex M Smith