|Mad. Sq. Eats, at Worth Square, runs through May 30.|
Since Mother Nature slammed New York City with an indisputably ruthless winter, there’s no better time to enjoy some good weather for a change, not to mention some great grub. With temperatures in the mid-sixties, New Yorkers received that much-needed opportunity as Mad. Sq. Eats –– a semi-annual culinary pop-up market presented by Urban Space and Madison Square Park Conservancy –– returned to Worth Square on Friday, May 2, to kick off the month-long food festivities.
This year, the notable list of vendors includes 100 Sardines by George Mendes, Roberta’s, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Asiadog, Momofuku Milk Bar, and Kicky’s Kitchen, to name a few.
People flocked to the space as if they were zombies chasing prey on the first day of the apocalypse. As for me, I just wanted to sample as much delicious fare as possible before it became too hectic to navigate the food landscape.
|People flock to Mad. Sq. Eats for delectable treats like these cupcakes from Kicky’s Kitchen.|
The market, now in its sixth year, melds some of New York City’s most popular restaurants and renowned chefs. Mad. Sq. Eats is an opportunity to attract a new following and test new dishes on customers before the plates hit their respective menus.
“Some of the vendors from Brooklyn come here to share their food with a different crowd,” said Eric Cova, Marketing and Communications Manager at MSPC. “Other vendors, such as George Mendes of 100 Sardines, or Ilili, try out new and exciting creations that they haven’t done at their brick and mortar locations, and share it with the public. It’s a very creative atmosphere. They have new food, get feedback, and see if it’s feasible for their own restaurant.”
I started my chow down extravaganza with the Green Mango Salad with Lemongrass Chicken from Hong Kong Street Cart. I was delighted with the salad’s light and tangy taste. This was a great way to begin the binge.
|The Green Mango Salad from Hong Kong Street Cart was a great start.|
I followed that with a tasty truffle and cheddar pretzel from Sigmund’s Bar, which operates a spot in the East Village at 29 Ave B. Up next was a corn dog from L & W Oyster Co (254 5th Ave). This definitely isn’t your parents’ corn dog. Light and crispy, and made with pancetta and shrimp, it was the best corn dog to ever have graced my taste buds.
|The Truffle and Cheddar Pretzel from Sigmund’s Bar was a perfect second course.|
|This was no ordinary corn dog.|
No meal would be complete without some sweet offerings. It’s funny that, no matter how full you are, you always have room for dessert, but I digress.
I topped off the day with a ‘Party Time’ macaron from Macaron Parlour (111 St. Marks Place and 560 Columbus Ave). This confetti macaroon is a mix of salted milk chocolate and Dulce de Leche, making for an amazing sweet and salty experience.
|It’s party time with this macaron.|
Refusing to settle for just one sugary treat, I sampled the Car Bomb Caketail from Kicky’s Kitchen, a chocolate stout (Guinness) cupcake with the perfect blend of Baileys, Kahlua and Irish whiskey buttercream frosting. Yes, this dessert is as scrumptious as it sounds.
|My food fest finished with the ‘Car Bomb Caketail.’|
Additionally, let me say that cupcake crafter and owner of Kicky’s Kitchen, Christie MacKinnon, is on to something special. These delectable cupcakes are infused with premium alcohols in order to give your insatiable need for sweets a little kick in the rear.