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CFByrne May 5, 2013 11:08 AM

I searched this board for Madison Square Eats and surprisingly, nothing, so here goes...

I'll be in town later this week (from Florida) and have Saturday open. I'm thinking of arriving near opening time (11AM).

It looks like I could save a trip to Brooklyn and check out the Roberta's booth for pizza. And then maybe some MMB crack pie for dessert.

Any other "can't miss" tastes I should try here? I do like spicy FWIW... maybe a taco from here, dim sum from there, or something along those lines?

RETURNING VENDORS:

Arancini Bros. ● ASIADOG ● Bar Suzette ● CALEXICO ● Charlito’s Cocina ● Graffiti│Mehtaphor ● Hong Kong Street Cart ● ilili ● La Sonrisa Empanadas ● Macaron Parlour ● Mayhem & Stout ● Melt Bakery ● Mexicue ● Mighty Balls ● Mimi and Coco NY ● Momofuku Milk Bar ● Nunu Chocolates ● people’s pops ● Red Hook Lobster Pound ● Roberta’s ● Stuffed Artisan Cannoli ● The Cannibal

NEW VENDORS:

Dreamscoops Ice Cream ● Eleni’s New York ● Mason Jar NYC ● MMM ENFES ● Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen ● SEOUL LEE BAR B CUE ● Sunday Gravy NYC ● Third Rail Coffee

http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/thin...

  1. Ziggy41 May 18, 2013 05:06 PM

    Bee Sting was back today on the menu after I complained to them last week. You welcome! ;)

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    1. re: Ziggy41
      CFByrne May 19, 2013 05:30 PM

      Actually last Saturday, I went to the Brooklyn store in the morning, had a Bee Sting, and then went in to the park later in the afternoon.

      It was slow, so I whipped out my iPhone and showed the crew a few photos I'd taken a bit earlier. They got a kick out of it, esp when I mentioned one reason I'd went to the store was for a Bee Sting. One of the fellows mentioned something like "yeah we really should bring that back".

      So I may have helped out a little bit too... :-)

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      christy319 May 14, 2013 10:21 AM

      Are the lines reasonable for this? I love the RH lobster rolls and would rather not go all the way to Red Hook again if I can help it. I was planning on hitting up their truck in Dumbo on Sunday of Memorial day weekend, but Madison Square is even more convenient. But, is this mobbed? If so, is there a best time to go?

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        kathryn May 14, 2013 10:35 AM

        It gets really busy during weekday lunch and weekday evenings, just after working hours. Weekends might be OK... Especially a holiday weekend.

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          christy319 May 14, 2013 11:05 AM

          Great, thanks for replying.

        2. re: christy319
          CFByrne May 14, 2013 11:14 AM

          I was in the area most of this past Saturday.

          The first time I hit MSE was right around 1PM, prolly peak lunch time.

          It was crowded, I had to bring my food over to the park itself due to lack of seating. Another time I sat on the big granite boulders nearby!

          Busy but certainly not out of hand. Even Roberta's, Hong Kong, Meatball, Momo... all were very reasonable in terms of wait / lines.

          I returned around 5PM and it was less crowded. Too early for most to be having dinner no doubt.

          Granted it was a somewhat dreary day... but still, we're talking Saturday afternoon...

          1. re: christy319
            Ziggy41 May 14, 2013 11:53 AM

            Lines last Friday during lunch were insane. I would avoid during lunch time as Kathryn said

            Luke's lobster just as good IMO

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              christy319 May 14, 2013 03:14 PM

              Thanks, we'll go at off hours. I like RHLP better since I'm not super crazy about the celery salt or whatever seasoning it is that Luke's uses.

            2. re: christy319
              ipsedixit May 14, 2013 04:34 PM

              Was there today around 2. Good crowd, no lines.

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                ipsedixit May 15, 2013 12:07 PM

                As you can see, good crowds but no real lines.

                All of that said, I preferred eating at Eataly.

                 
                 
                 
              2. CFByrne May 6, 2013 05:46 PM

                Just for kicks, I searched Instagram for #madisonsquareeats and #MadSqEats, and not surprisingly it bought up a lot of photos.

                The majority are Roberta's pizza slices and Lobster Roll from Red Hook.

                But there were some mighty fine looking shots from Asia Dog. I think I saw pork belly dog, kim chi dog, and a few others. Any good?

                http://asiadognyc.com/#/menu

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                1. re: CFByrne
                  chompchomp May 17, 2013 04:49 AM

                  Delicious. I prefer the Mel and Steve, with red cabbage and sesame seeds myself.

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                  Blumie May 6, 2013 01:33 PM

                  If you were thinking of going to Roberta's (which I highly, highly recommend), skip Roberta's at Madison Sq. Park, enjoy the other offerings, and then hop on the L train out to Brooklyn for the real thing! (Mind you, I have no reason to believe that Roberta's at MSP is not excellent, but the bricks-and-mortar -- or, more accurately, corrugated aluminum -- location is well worth what's really a pretty easy trip.)

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                    kathryn May 6, 2013 02:20 PM

                    Your mileage may vary but if you just want pizza from Roberta's (and none of the other items), then the stall at Madison Square Eats works just fine. I personally felt the non-pizza items were only OK.

                    1. re: kathryn
                      loratliff May 6, 2013 09:27 PM

                      See, I feel the exact opposite. I would never, ever go there and order pizza. The other stuff far outshines it (although their chef de cuisine, responsible for most of that good stuff, has recently left).

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                        tex.s.toast May 15, 2013 12:26 PM

                        Im a sucker for both. We were there last week and highlights included a new (to me) pie featuring a bunch of different peppers (which doesnt seem to be on the current version of their website so i cant get the name) as well as two non-pizza dishes, an excellent calamari and the chicken "confit" with bagna cauda, which caused some raised eyebrows at our table when i ordered it but then those same eyebrow owners were fighting over wiping the plate clean.

                        the bee sting will forever have a special place in my heart (we served it at our roberta's catered wedding)

                  2. CFByrne May 6, 2013 07:39 AM

                    Looks like I may be adding some Momofuku stollen to this list.

                    By coincidence, last time I was in town was mid-December, and then I picked up some winter stollen at the USGMkt.

                    The summer version sounds tempting!

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900943

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                    1. re: CFByrne
                      loratliff May 6, 2013 10:50 AM

                      We just picked up our second loaf today to take to a dinner party. No shame. It's more crack-like than the crack pie to me.

                    2. Ziggy41 May 5, 2013 03:21 PM

                      No Bee Sting this time - The Margherita still rocks.
                      Arancinis are good.
                      I would def go with a lobster roll from Red Hook
                      Ja Jiang hot noodle soup with pulled pork from Hong Kong Street Cart if they have, or try anything else there,
                      Fries from ilili

                      1. k
                        kathryn May 5, 2013 11:39 AM

                        The pizza at the Roberta's stall is a good call. The Bee Sting with Mike's Hot Honey if they have it.

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/784897
                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/809258
                        http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2012/0...

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                        1. re: kathryn
                          CFByrne May 5, 2013 11:53 AM

                          Thanks - my 12 months back search failed me!

                          Calexico I can skip since they have a truck near my hotel earlier in the week.

                          Roberta's Bee Sting sounds like a must try.

                          Pork belly buns from HK Street cart look tempting.

                          Maybe a slider from Mighty Balls? We don't have any of these meatball shops in my area of Florida (yet).

                          1. re: CFByrne
                            loratliff May 5, 2013 12:57 PM

                            HK Street Cart is delicious. I've had their pork belly buns in the past, but today I tried their salt and pepper chili shrimp—really good!

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