I had the great pleasure of attending the Jets Taste of the NFL at Cipriani's Wall Street last night. What a nicely done event. Lots of players on hand mingling with guests and signing autographs. Each player there had a signed helmet up for auction - Dustin Keller's went for $3500.
Nick Mangold took over emceeing duties from Bob Wischusen at one point and managed to auction himself off as a dinner companion for $13,000. Knowing Mangold, the entertainment value will be well worth the money paid.
Best food of the night was Nobu 57's seared salmon with a miso sauce. I wish I could describe it to you. A close second was the shrimp tempura from Tao. If you go to either place, order those dishes! Lots of other top restaurants were on hand including Michael's, Michael Jordan's The Steakhouse, Blue Smoke and on and on.
The players were all having a great time as well, Wallace Wright, Darrelle Revis, Mangold, Keller and Tony Richardson, among others all told me how much they enjoy attending this event and the fact that they get to interact with Jets fans in such a relaxed atmosphere.
Not to be overlooked, Rex Ryan was there with the entire coaching staff. It was fun to see people start to recognize him and the other coaches. At one point an impromptu line formed in the middle of the room for people waiting for Ryan's signature.
All the money raised from this event, which was in partnership with the A&P, is going to food banks in the tri-state area - a great cause in the current economy.