But note to self, once again: The rule of thumb about arriving early for fairs, festivals, and other such events goes double for shindigs on Governors Island, where access is only by ferry and there's no consolation prize for the fifth runner-up waiting to board a full boat. An earlier (and more caffeinated) start to my day would have meant an earlier arrival at Meatopia, shorter lines checking in and shorter lines pigging out, and a few more tunes, too.
Be that as it may, shown below (and procured with a complimentary tasting ticket) are Resto's MLT, with an M as in mutton; The Hurricane Club's honey-glazed baby back ribs with crispy lotus root, Thai basil, and mint; and Barbuto's grilled marinated chicken, though the pickled green papaya, slated as an accompaniment, "didn't make it on the boat" at all. I don't expect to find papaya on Barbuto's Italian menu, either — the original Meatopia recipe must have been a lark — but I'm keen to learn if the restaurant's daily chicken can possibly be as moist and tender as this one.
In 2010, on Governors Island