Last weekend brought an unexpected trip back to New York, which meant, as always, lots of tasty foods. People are raving about Eataly right now, the new Italian food emporium across from Madison Square Park. What I got excited about though was not Eataly, but the Madison Square Market. On the west side of the park, the Madison Square Park Conservancy has set up an outdoor market with a section for crafts vendors and a section for food vendors.
Most of the food vendors represent restaurants and shops throughout the city: Piccolo Cafe, Sigmund Pretzel Shop, Pies ‘n’ Thighs, Fatty Crab, and more. Roberta’s Pizza, in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, cooks pizza right there on the street in their wood burning oven.
The Margherita pizza, $8, is excellent. The sauce and cheese were rich and robust, but the crust was what impressed me most–thin, nicely chewy, and crisp around the edges. If you’re planning on following it up with dessert, it is perfect to split between two people.
And follow it up we did, with a waffle from the Wafels and Dinges truck. Some people are of the philosophy that Belgian waffles should be eaten plain so you can fully enjoy their texture and flavor. I am of the philosophy that, waffles are tasty with toppings. And we went all out with them: nutella, strawberries, banana, dulce de leche, spekuloos, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce.
Yup, it was excellent.
On a previous trip to the market, my mom and I got a slice of key lime pie from Pies ‘n’ Thighs. It was smooth and tangy, with a sweet graham cracker crumb crust. It was also fairly inexpensive at only $3 for a slice.
If you happen to be by Madison Square Park and looking for food, I highly recommend the market over Eataly. It will only be around for a limited time, and most importantly, there is no silly line to get in.