Roberta's Pizza at Madison Square Park Market
Roberta's Pizza from Brooklyn has opened a temporary shop at the Madison Square Park Market, at 26 street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue just north of the Flatiron Building. Stopped by today and had a margherita ($8.) and it was excellent. They bake it in their portable, wood fired oven. They also have a square slice, Working Man's Lunch for $5., also very good. I'd highly recommend a trip here just for the pizza if you're in town although there are other vendors including Resto, Pies 'n Thighs, Sigmund Pretzelshop, Breezy Hill Orchard, Almond, Fatty Crab, Fatty 'Cue, Bar Suzette and other food and non-food vendors. The new Eataly from across the street also has a stand here. It's a good and tasty way to avoid the Shake Shack endless queue for a change.The market's open daily from 11 AM to 8 PM. until October 23rd.
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Went this week and tried 2 Roberta's pizzas: 1) speck, cremini and taleggio and 2) guanciale, onion, pecorino. Had a tasty kick from the pepper flakes. Worth the 10-minute wait. Was the longest line there, but it moved along briskly. A friend got the Almond pastrami slider which she loved. Plus a cheddar truffle mini pretzel and a delectable cookie from Sigmund's. It's peanut butter, pretzel chunks and chocolate chip. The key lime pie from Pies n Thighs was tasty but a tad on the tiny side.
On a return visit would love to try Fatty's brisket and Pies n Thighs pot pie. That line had a bit of a wait for the hot food too.
don't know if it's the power of chowhound, but they were the only booth with customers during a rainy lunch. the pizzas are fitting on a standard paper plate, so expect it to be small. The squares are precooked. I found it tasty as well, but I wouldn't venture out to Bushwick based on what I sampled.
Fatty Cue, and Pies & Thighs make up the Brooklyn contingent. Would love to hear some reports.
Chefs were in attendance, today at least. Not sure if they were anticipating the lunch crowds, or if it's because pop up restaurants, and food fairs are in vogue, but seeing them work their booths made me want to go back.