Bryant Park Pond is Now Open With More Food Than Ever Before
The free ice skating rink in Bryant Park opened for the season on Friday, and while that might be exciting news in and of itself for some of you, I’m more interested in the food available in the also open Holiday Market. In past years the food kiosks have been limited to mostly sweets, and nothing to get too excited about. But according to Lunch’er MychaelS, there are more savory options than ever before (including dumpling soup!?) So I headed over late yesterday afternoon to check it out.
Hello boreks! If you’re a fan of Turkish pastries, but don’t have the time to walk all the way to 2nd Ave. for some Gulluoglu, Eat & Go Istanbul has got you covered. They’re got spinach or beef boreks ($5), plus five different kinds of golzeme, this Turkish quesadilla/crepe looking thing ($6.)
It all looked pretty tasty, and they even had Gulluoglu brand baklava. If you’ve ever flown to Istanbul from JFK you may have noticed them in the terminal, and they plan on opening a store in Manhattan on 1st Ave soon. But in the meantime, we’ve got the Bryant Park Holiday Market. Definitely on my list to try.
Not nearly as exciting was this flautas stand. Normally I’d be pumped for more fried Mexican food action, but at $4 for a single flauta I will most certainly pass.
A Taste of Venice features little white bread sandwiches stuffed with mayo based salad (think tuna, chicken, egg) that apparently are a popular food item in Venice. Not bad looking if you like this kind of thing, and they will be adding hot pressed panini very soon. ($3 for half, $5.50 for a whole).
Of all the savory items, the most interesting to Midtown Lunch’ers will probably be the Dumpling Soup House- featuring steamed and pan fried dumplings that you can order with or without soup. The prices are not too bad (especially when compared to spots like Richshaw) so it might worth a try. (Although I don’t have high hopes.)
As far as sweets go, the hot apple cider stand returns as does Augustin’s Waffles (the pre packaged waffle company that figured prominently in wafflegate a few years back). There’s also a cookie place that I’m sure will have some fans. But the biggest addition is the gigantic Max Brenner kiosk, which features hot chocolate, chocolate pizza (!?), and chocolate filled syringes… you know, for the kids (?)
Laugh if you like, but the guy behind the counter actually touted the chocolate as being so much fun for kids to walk around with. Amazing.
I have highest hopes for the Turkish pastries (and maybe the dumplings), but we’ll see. In any case, if you work around Bryant Park and you’re bored of all your lunch options, this year’s market is certainly the best food year yet. It’s not as good as the Madison Square Park pop up market that ended last week (uh, hello Fatty Crab!) but it’s all we’ve got.
The food stands are mostly in the NE corner of the park (near the entrance on 42nd btw. 5+6th.) Get more details here.