Diverse Dishes Galore at Mad. Sq. Eats

Diverse Dishes Galore at Mad. Sq. Eats

Mad. Sq. Eats (©Erin Kestenbaum)

Mad. Sq. Eats, the bi-annual pop-up Urbanspace market of some of the city’s trendiest eateries is back for the fall! From September 10 through October 7 (11 am-9 pm daily), hungry guests have easy access to a wide range of delicacies served fresh and flavorful.

With so many cuisines represented at Mad. Sq. Eats, there really is something for everyone. You can get artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches at MeltKraft and paellas from Paella Shack by Barraca. Asian eats include Bangkok B.A.R., Khao Man Gai NY and Inday, among others.

There’s also barbecue from Hill Country Barbecue Market and empanadas from La Sonrisa Empanadas. Pizza lovers can delight in slices from Roberta’s, the Brooklyn restaurant that makes fresh mozzarella every morning. If you’re jonesing for something sweet, try an ice cream cookie sandwich from Melt Bakery or get artisanal frozen desserts from Ice & Vice

Lobster roll! Yum! (©Katie Labovitz)


During my first—though likely not last—trip to Mad. Sq. Eats, I got a BBQ Pork Bing from Mr Bing – Beijing Street Foods. A bing is a take on the savory Chinese street crepe (the Beijing jianbing) and folded into a sandwich shape for portable dining purposes. I also tried my very first lobster roll ever, thanks to Red Hook Lobster Pound! Although there were many craft beer and soda choices at the market, for my beverage I opted for a refreshing, sparkling lemonade from Renegade Lemonade.

I walked around Mad. Sq. Eats for a while to plan future visits in my head. On my list of dishes I definitely want to try are the Pork Donut Sliders from Jicama “California Street Food," a slow-braised sandwich from Mayhem & Stout and Japanese nacho tots from Domo Toco.

Located at Worth Square, the stretch of space between 25th and 26th streets just west of Madison Square Park, Mad. Sq. Eats offers over two dozen vendors to satisfy any craving and a fantastic view of the Flatiron Building while you enjoy your food. There’s ample seating within the market, though getting your food to-go—whether to take it to the neighboring park, back to an office or munch it en route to your next adventure in the city—is always an option.

Hong Kong Street Cart (©Katie Labovitz)

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