Quick! Eat Here!

One of my favorite things in the world is a solid food market. I’m not talking about your everyday genteel farmer’s market, but a cheap assortment of street food with individual stalls that represent cuisines from around the world.

Until October 19th, you can experience a taste of New York’s best restaurants at affordable prices at Madison Square Eats in Madison Square Park’s Worth Square. Over 25 vendors have gathered in the square to offer a sampling of their menus at prices that typically range from $9-$16 ($16 for the Red Hook Lobster Pound’s Lobster Roll) for lunch entrees.
On a recent trip, I sampled the vegetable hummus wrap (not the technical name, but that’s essentially what it was) from Ilili. The pita was great but the inside was a bit dry in taste and flavor. One of my favorite things about Mediterranean food is the oozing of hummus and tahini which was nonexistent in this wrap. I hear the pressed chicken sandwich is the way to go at Ilili.

Vegetable Wrap at Ilili
Madison Square Eats

Despite the lackluster showing from Ilili, you can’t leave Madison Square eats without sampling the “balls” from Brooklyn’s Arancini Bros.  outpost. . You can’t do wrong with a fried risotto ball. They have interesting flavor combinations like white bean and escarole, nutella and banana, butternut squash and pine nuts, and what’s apparently their best- buffalo chicken and blue cheese. Below is a picture of the butternut squash and pine nut ball. Delicious!

Butternut Squash and Pine Nut Risotto Ball
Madison Square Eats

A lobster roll from the Red Hook Lobster Pound’s outpost is always a sure thing. Below is a picture from a visit to their location in Red Hook a couple of weeks ago.

Red Hook Lobster Pound
“Maine Style”

Please leave suggestion for other stalls to check out at Madison Square Eats in the comments below!

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