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Best Day to Visit Arthur Avenue?

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I'm thinking of taking a trip up to Arthur Avenue tomorrow, as I figure the crowds would be smaller on a weekday. Is there any reason though to wait until Saturday? Are there more vendors out on the weekend?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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  1. I avoid weekends since some of the shops tend to get quite crowded. (early Saturday morning is fine, though)

    I would also avoid Mondays when Borgatti Ravioli, one of the best shops in the area and in the entire city, is closed.

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    Borgatti's
    632 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

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    1. re: erica

      How late does the street side oyster cart serve 'til? Is it really that bad to go on a Saturday? I just mainly want to grok the vibe and eat a few oysters....possibly buy something, but I don't know what I can get that won't go bad (taking the train). I am less interested in a sit-down meal than just street food.

      1. re: jcmods

        Both street seafood tables are up through the mid- to late-afternoon, and go ahead on Saturday, when the jovial elbow-crowding by slurpers is part of the fun. Go at lunch time. You can bring back anything except raw meat, poultry, and fish--cheeses, salumi, breads, olives, pastry. Apart from the seafood, popular street foods are served inside the covered market at Mikes and Caffe Mercato--frittatas, fried snacks, salads, good cold and hot sandwiches, of almost infinite variety.

    2. Friday and Saturday are the busiest days and the earlier the better. The market and the stores are open Monday through Saturday. Some stores are open Sunday mornings.

        1. re: unionsquareyes

          And why would Tuesday morning be the best time to shop on AA?

        2. If you can do Tues-Thurs thats what I'd reccomend, much less crowded and much more relaxed and pleasant. Only reason to wait until Saturday is if you want to see what it looks like when its busy. I don't know of any weekend-only vendors.