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May 16, 2011 10:15 AM

Madison Square Eats Report

On Friday, we walked over to Madison Square Park for dinner at Madison Square Eats

There’s an overwhelming amount of delicious food in such a small area, so we started by making a few laps around to size up our options. While we were deciding what we wanted to sample, we started with a homemade soda from P&H Soda Co.

P&H is Brooklyn-based and makes all of their soda syrups from fresh, all-natural ingredients. Our hibiscus lime rickey was just the right balance of sweetness, without being cloying.

Next, we wandered across Spices And Tease. The Spices And Tease booth was awash with the aroma of, well, spices and teas, and the colors and textures of the various spices and teas made for some fun photos.

They don’t yet have a permanent storefront, but their selection included some really rare things that you don't often see—dried long peppers, Ras el Hanout, and juniper berries, to name a few. They also had their own proprietary blends of rubs and teas. The whole booth smelled absolutely amazing.

Our next stop was the tent for Roberta’s. We love Roberta’s, but we don’t get to make it over to Bushwick as often as we would like, so getting the chance to have a Roberta’s pizza close to home was a treat.

We went for the Bee Sting—tomato sauce, mozzarella, and spicy soppressata, finished with a drizzle of honey. The soppressata had a nice kick, but just as the spice began to take hold, the smooth sweetness of the honey drowned it out. It was an interestingly simple combination, but certainly one that I would try again.

The Hong Kong Street Cart had a Beijing Ya bun that I wanted to try, so we got that and then headed over to former Vendy Award winner Calexico‘s cart. The duck bun was pretty similar to Momofuku's actually—pillowy soft bun, duck, cucumber and hoisin. Calexico's tacos—we had the ground beef and the pork—were great too.

By this point, we were pretty full so we settled in at Resto‘s comfy bar (in the middle of the Square) and shared a glass of Allagash White Ale. (By the way, Resto's pig head cuban sandwich keeps selling out, so if you want that, you better get there early.)

The evening wasn’t complete without one last treat though—a hand-shaved ice with rhubarb syrup.

All in all, there are about 30 great vendors, so it's a nice way to sample a lot of different, very good food in such a small space. The "must-have" for us was the Roberta's pizza, although Momofuku is there in force, along with Eataly and a few other heavy hitters.

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111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

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200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Madison Square Eats
5th Ave E 26th St, New York, NY 10010

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  1. Thanks for the report, I walked right past the Hong Kong Street Cart since it appeared at first glance that all of the wares were vegetarian / mock meat.

    Indeed, Beijing style duck in a soft bun would be similar to Momofuku's... since Dave Chang admitted he stole the idea from that dish to begin with, subbing in pork for duck. You'll also see the soft bun style on the West Coast -- I actually grew up eating that way.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Good to know—I didn't know that. I actually prefer the soft bun style.