Street Fair Food

Street Fair Food

For office worker bees, it’s so easy to get bored with the available options for lunch (and, unfortunately, dinner on the occasional late nights). But my tummy and I are smiling these days, because the autumn edition of Mad. Sq. Eats is back in town, setting up its tents right at my building’s doorstep (almost). Set just outside Madison Square Park, a charming little patch of green if ever there was one, Eats is a glorious food fair, an international marketplace of street foods : 27 varied vendors dish up their wares, from Arancini Brothers (as their slogan says, they’ve got balls—fried Ariborio rice balls, that is) to Mayhem & Stout (braised meat sandwiches). They come from eateries all over the city: Some, like SD26, are right in the Madison Square area, so if you want more of that swank Italian’s pastas or other items of cucina, it’s only steps away; others come from distant lands (ok, Red Hook, Brooklyn isn’t that far; but since I can’t get there on a lunch hour, I’m delighted that Red Hook Lobster Pound is bringing its buttery lobster rolls to me).

The fair unfolds in little Worth Square, with pocket-sized tables and chairs. Move fast if you want one—the scene gets pretty crowded during the proverbial 12-to-2—or pick an off-hour to go: The booths serve from 11 AM to 9 PM daily.

<< Mad. Sq. Eats, Worth Square at E. 25th St., btw Broadway & Fifth Ave., http://urbanspacenyc.com/mad-sq-eats, thru Oct. 25