The New Amsterdam Market has celebrated local food and historic New York City market culture in the seaport since 2007, fostering an atmosphere of collaboration between vendors and selling some darn tasty food to customers. But now a big-name corporation wants to kick the market out of its home, a move that would impact all of Manhattan's oldest neighborhood.
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A half dozen of our most talented bakers descended on the New Amsterdam Market last Sunday. The occasion was the third annual Bread Pavilion, featuring loaves made from local grains.
After a dispute with the City Council about the fate of the Fulton Fish Market, the New Amsterdam Market came back yesterday for summer, with 70+ locally-minded vendors selling everything from cheese to maple syrup, raisins dried on the vine to seasonal produce, from fresh-caught fish to cold-brewed coffee. And, of course, some ready to eat bites: tacos, sandwiches, and plenty of ice cream.
The city council is voting later this month on the fate of the South Street Seaport and the Fulton Fish Market. It's a decision that may leave the New Amsterdam Market, the Seaport's open air market and incubator for local and upstate food businesses and farms, without a home.
The New Amsterdam Market on South Street and Beekman only has four more weeks until it closes for the season, so if you're looking for Southern Manhattan's best mix of savory and sweet bites, local beverage makers, and high-quality ingredients for home cooking, now's the time to go.
We found not ten but eleven ice cream stands at yesterday's 3rd Annual Ice Cream Sunday at New Amsterdam Market. $30 bought ten miniature cones, perfectly sized so that it was indeed possible to devour them all with no regrets. Check out the innovative scoops from vendors including Princeton's Bent Spoon, La Newyorkina, and Il Buco Alimentari.
This looks like an apple turnover but it's not. It's a Lemon Turnover ($3), the flaky pastry filled with a bright mix of lemon curd folded with lemon zest and candied lemons, all made by Runner & Stone.
The New Amsterdam Market was a slice of bread heaven last Sunday. Fifteen of the city's best bakeries offered a dizzying array of delicious loaves, many of them created just for this event. The occasion was the market's Bread Pavilion, designed to showcase flours made from wheat grown by regional farmers. "We brought in bakers not normally in the market in celebration of local grains," said New Amsterdam founder Robert LaValva. The bakers came to support the farmers, and to compete. As Keith Cohen of Orwasher's said, "I brought my A game."
The New Amsterdam Market, the open air market near South Street Seaport, returned this Sunday for the 2012 season. And what better way to open the new season than with a bread pavilion? More than a dozen local bakers brought their best creations for people to sample and to take home.
Ice cream lovers, take note: This Sunday, August 21, will be the second annual "Ice Cream Sunday" at New Amsterdam Market. (Here's a look at last year's!)
We'll let the photos speak for themselves, but aside from the excellent array of foodstuffs, the New Amsterdam market was a pleasure to peruse: few long lines, plenty of space, and a sheltered space to keep out the sun. Not that we don't love all outdoor markets here at Serious Eats, but compared to some of the chaos out there, this is certainly a pleasant way to eat your way through through your Sunday afternoon.
Get your fill of oysters and support the New Amsterdam Market by going to the South Street Oyster Saloon at the Fulton Fish Market from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., April 9. Swallow fresh-shucked oysters and other oyster dishes from April Bloomfield of The John Dory Oyster Bar, Alejandro Alcocer of green brown orange, Patrick Connolly of bobo Restaurant, Luke's Lobster, and others. Tickets cost $50 in advance, or $65 at the gate.
Finns haven't had to eat pine bark bread for more than a century, but the taste for rye loaves remains at the core of their culinary life. Expatriates have come from as far as Buffalo and California to Simo Kuusisto's Nordic Breads stand at the New Amsterdam Market just to get their hands on fresh loaves of his Finnish bread.
"Government officials are recognizing that the Fulton Fish Market should be brought back to life—rather than turned into yet another banal development." Photo: Michael Lannon When we last spoke to New Amsterdam Market's Robert LaValva, he was just getting things...
On Sunday over 50 vendors--butchers, bakers, wine makers, restaurants, and more--gathered under the FDR Drive on South Street on the grounds of the original South Street Seaport for the latest edition of the New Amsterdam Market. But rain or shine, I wasn't going to miss the ice cream tasting extravaganza they were hosting, featuring 15-plus flavors from six local ice cream purveyors.
Photos: Erin Zimmer This weekend's best food event? New Amsterdam Market's first meeting of the season. Head down to the South Street Seaport for great eats from all over New York City and beyond: 9 artisan bakers, the city's...