Mad. Sq. Eats Brings Some of NYC’s Best Dishes to Worth Square

Mad. Sq. Eats Brings Some of NYC’s Best Dishes to Worth Square

Rice balls from Arancini Bros.

Flatiron District pop-up food market Mad. Sq. Eats returned to Worth Square last week for their fall edition, which lasts through early October. I love this twice-yearly food festival because it means a wider variety of lunch options in the area. On opening day, I stopped by to try samples from a selection of vendors.

Arancini Bros. – With a few pop-up locations around the city, this rice ball stand has a variety of savory and sweet options. I tried one of each of the lightly-fried balls available that day and found my favorite was the buffalo chicken, though their Nutella-filled ball was a close second. I’m also hoping to try their broccoli béchamel with gruyere cheese before the market closes.

The Trufico sandwich at Charlito

Breads Bakery (new this year) – I only tried a taste of the Union Square bakery’s chocolate babka, but that was enough that I knew I’d be back for more next time I’m craving something sweet.

Charlito’s Cocina – Primarily a charcuterie, this vendor offers crunchy ciabatta paninis featuring their cured meats. I tried bite-sized versions of a few of these sandwiches. The Hot Spicy Mess contains reasonably spicy salami picante and chili red pepper tapenade while The Trufico features a lighter meat: black truffle salami. All the sandwiches include arugula and handmade mozzarella.

The turkey Waldorf sandwich at Sigmund

Sigmund’s – This pretzel bakery offers delicious sandwiches, like a creamy turkey Waldorf. With chilled savory meat, sweet fruit and crunchy greens, the toppings paired perfectly with the warm, salty pretzel roll.

Stuffed Artisan Cannolis – With an unusual selection of flavors, these cannolis are a little more unique than a typical Italian bakery. I tried a French toast-flavored treat topped with pieces of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.

Read more about some of my other favorite vendors from the May 2014 and May 2013 markets.

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