On Wednesday, March 14, we attended the Long Island Pulse Magazine March 2012 cover party at Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge in Babylon, NY. Monsoon is Babylon’s newest and hottest new restaurant and guests came out in droves to check out the new place!
The downstairs area was set up with the registration table on one side and a long lit-up bar on the other. Half price wine was available to all the Pulse party goers. The back rooms of the restaurant were filled with regular dining patrons as the restaurant was open for normal business during the party. Up the tall staircase was another room set up as a VIP lounge overlooking the crowd below. An open bar was set up in the back for the VIP guests who also got to look through the 20 foot window into the kitchen, a pretty unique feature of the restaurant. The venue got very crowded very quickly and it soon became a little difficult to move without bumping into people, but I think that just made everyone more comfortable meeting their neighbors!
A little less than an hour into the party, the waitstaff started passing out hors d’oeuvres. This is what I think everyone was waiting for, trying the food! Trays and trays of sushi came around along with chicken teriyaki, tuna tartare and green papaya salad served in Asian soup spoons, spicy rock shrimp tempura, and crispy fried tofu. Later, dessert samples were served including cheesecake bites and chocolate truffle balls covered in almonds and coconut. Yum!!
Towards the end of the party the Event Kings “announced” the winners of the raffle prizes. The restaurant wouldn’t allow them to announce the winners with a microphone, so they improvised and wrote the winners’ names on a little chalk board. Surprisingly all four winners soon found out they had won and made their way to the raffle table to collect their prize and pose for a photo. The prizes were a $200 gift certificate to Rein Restaurant at the Garden City Hotel, a $100 gift certificate to Monsoon, an Eterna women’s watch, and a Gevril men’s watch.