Nothing matches the joy of the May's first strawberries, which arrived at the Union Square greenmarket this week. That's right, that picture you see up there is not from a farmers market somewhere on the West Coast; those are real, live New Jersey strawberries. Bring on the rest of the summer fruit!
Spring is in full swing at the Union Square Greenmarket and at Greenmarkets around the city. It started a few weeks back with the first green garlic and, yes, ramps, and as of this week we've been seeing asparagus, fiddleheads, and other springtime goodies.
Parish Hall opened last year, the sister restaurant to brunch-all-the-time Williamsburg mainstay Egg. As its menu is full of snacks, small plates, and salads, I stopped by to see how a diner would fare bypassing the entrées and sticking to a meal of smaller bites.
I've lived on the outskirts of the East Village for my entire life, and I'd defy you to name a better neighborhood in the city for neighborhood bars. I'm not talking about places with tasting notes on the beer list, or encyclopedic wine lists, or $14 cocktails. There's room in my heart for all that, but most nights I just want a cheap drink in a low-key setting. Some of these great neighborhood bars are cozy and quiet, and some are dark and loud. Some are true dive bars, and all are great places to unwind with a drink for not too much cash.
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Peaches Hothouse, an offshoot of nearby Peaches, bills itself as a "country cafe," and while I'm not sure what that means, their menu of reasonably priced Southern classics has a lot going for it.
The Southeast Asian inflected food at East Village newcomer Ducks Eatery is adventurous and playful without being overwrought. I stopped in last week to see what a meal of their small plates would look like.
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As we reported on Tuesday, the Union Square Greenmarket has been displaced by emergency vehicles parked in union square and is temporarily located at 23rd Street and Broadway, on the west side of Madison Square park and in adjacent Worth Square.
While emergency vehicles are parked in Union Square, the Greenmarket has temporarily relocated to Broadway and 23rd Street at Madison Square Park. They're encouraging shoppers to fill an extra bag with produce to be donated right at the market and distributed to those in need by City Harvest. Support local farmers hit hard by the storm and your fellow New Yorkers in need at the same time!
Erin's experience with pumpkin-flavored foods this week had her wondering what, exactly, a pumpkin tatses like (hint: it doesn't taste like a scented candle, as many grocery manufacturers seem to believe). What better way to refresh your memory than by visiting the Greenmarket and grabbing an actual pumpkin? Or delicata? Or blue hubbard, kobocha, golden acorn, and stripetti? Click through the slideshow for a closer look at all of the winter squash we've been seeing around the market lately.
I tend to explore restaurants that I've never been to in this column, or places I've only visited once or twice. It's not usually a forum for me to rave about my favorite after-work bar, partly because my favorite after-work bar doesn't usually serve great food. Not so with Toby's Public House.
It's clearly Fall at the Greenmarket. Winter squash, apples, and the family brassicae begin their approach over all the late summer produce that's hanging on for dear life. Click through the slideshow for a closer look.
This week, we turn our attention to one of the early fall highlights of the market: peppers of every shape, size, and color are all over the market right now, from big sweet red bell peppers to neon yellow, mouth-burning specimens. Click through the slideshow for a closer look at the family capsicum.
Walden is a solid restaurant with a friendly, inviting, professional staff, a nice selection of wine and beer, and a menu of tasty snacks and small plates (and some bigger options if you're very hungry). That's increasingly hard to find, and to my mind the people who can call Walden their neighborhood joint are pretty lucky.
Lots of summer produce—tomatoes, peaches, zucchini—are still around, so you're welcome to pretend that fall isn't just around the corner. But it'll be hard since pumpkins and other winter squash have already started popping up around the market. Take a stroll through the market in the slideshow, and then do so in real life!
Oh, tomato season! Many a market shopper's favorite time of year, and this year, we happen to be seeing the best tomato crop in years. And since the season is at its peak, the prices are at their lowest. Because when tomato season ends, you won't see tomatoes like these until next year. We're so excited about the tomato crop, we decided to devote this week's marker scene entirely to the fruit we love.
At Wasan the menu is Japanese in its diligent attention to detail (the menu proclaims that a fluke dish is "boiled for 2.5 seconds"), but focused on using local ingredients to create the sort of seasonal dishes that are all over NYC's menus these days. What you end up with is something completely different, and delicious.
Peak season at the market continues this week, with lots of melon rolling in, along with sweet and hot peppers and the squash, tomatoes, and eggplant we've been seeing for weeks now. What's more, the prices on those beautiful heirlooms continue to drop as the season really hits its stride. What're you waiting for? Click through the slideshow and get to the market, ASAP!
Everyone goes to Double Windsor in Windsor Terrace for their great beer selection, but a fair number of customers are also chowing down on burgers, other sandwiches, and other interesting snacks. So it seemed only natural to stop in and see how the food fared beyond those burgers (which are quite good). It fares very, very well.
Summer is in full swing, and melons are also beginning to show up at some stands, along with bell peppers, Italian and green gage plums, and other varieties of stone fruit—to say nothing of the awesome berries and tomatoes. Get to the market ASAP; these are the days that we dream about all year long.
Braving the sweltering heat advisory warnings in Union Square, greenmarket shoppers are being rewarded with just about every local fruit and vegetable they could desire, from stone fruit and berries to sweet corn and some of the first tomatoes of the season.
When it gets as hot and muggy as it has been the last couple of weeks in New York, I get seafood on the brain. And while I can't make it to New England for the real deal, there are plenty of options in the city for a quick fix. With a serious hankering for fried clams, I found myself at the counter at Mary's Fish Camp this week, trying to see if I could string together an affordable, satisfying meal, and the West Village institution delivered.
You could build a full meal from Woodland's creative but friendly snack menu.
This week we saw sweet spring varieties of radishes, carrots, onions, and other late winter staples. Also at the market: some of the first outdoor tomatoes of the year, fresh purslane and chamomile, and some good looking red raspberries. Plus carrot nuggets!
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Adapted from The Art of Simple Food. [Photograph: Blake Royer] About the author: Blake Royer is a food writer, photographer, and filmmaker based in Chicago; he has been writing for Serious Eats since 2007. You can follow him on Twitter...
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