Mad. Sq. Eats, the biannual outdoor food market run by some of the city’s top chefs and restaurants, has returned to Worth Square, adjacent to Madison Square Park, and from now until October 2 the small triangle of land just might be the best dining option in the entire city.
Now in its sixth year, the pop-up market, presented by UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy, opened on Friday and has a stellar lineup for its autumn incarnation.
Returning this year are a whole host of familiar favorites, like Roberta’s Pizza, AsiaDog, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Calexico, The Cannibal, Arancini Brothers, Mighty Balls, and Momofuku Milk Bar. But there are also a couple new additions, like The Gumbo Bros., two Louisiana-based friends who are selling a few varieties of seriously delicious gumbo, as well as the popular Breads Bakery, selling a wide selection of artisanal handmade breads and pastries.
The entire triangle has been turned into a hopping open-air market, with plenty of seating, and even beer. If you happen to live or work near Madison Square (or are just passing through), be sure you check out Mad. Sq. Eats before it goes away for the winter. It will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you need more coaxing, check out these photos of some of the market’s best offerings.
Gourmet meatballs are sold here in several varieties, including beef, pork, turkey, and veggie, and you can top yours with various sauces in several heat levels as well as your choice of cheese.
Hong Kong Street Cart
These cold peanut noodles are one of the offerings inspired by — what else? — Hong Kong-style street food. Other options include ramen, dim sum, and green mango salad.