Get Arepas and Kettle Corn at the Bryant Park Holiday Market
The Bryant Park Pond is in full swing now, with free ice skating (you still have to pay to rent skates), little shopping kiosks, and a bunch of food. We covered most of the food a few weeks ago, but there were a couple of holdovers that we missed on the SW side of the park. Like kettle korn! (Who doesn’t like the salty sweet goodness that is kettle corn?) And there is also a chicken teriyaki bowl place as well that we missed. But the thing I was most excited to see was MOZZAREPAS!!!
I am well aware that if you go to Jackson Heights (or even the East Village) you can get “real”, homemade arepas that are delicious. But to me arepas have always meant the circular discs of fried corn bread’ish mush sandwiching thick melty slices of mozzarella cheese. Here in New York they’re known by their corporate knock off name: the MozzArepa. You can blame this on my upbringing in Miami, where these kind of arepas were at every street fair… and more importantly, on the walk from the MetroRail to the Miami Arena (hello Heat games!)
And now they’re at Bryant Park! Admittedly my arepa was on the stale side (it had clearly been sitting out for awhile), there wasn’t a ton of melty cheese, and IT WAS $5 (shockingly expensive). But I was too excited about seeing arepas in Midtown to get too angry. Although at that price, I can probably just wait for a weekend street fair to have my MozzArepa fix.
Has anybody had anything at the Bryant Park holiday thing that’s worth checking out? I haven’t seen anything too tempting, and most of the things are just a tad bit more expensive than I’d like. There was quite a crowd at the teriyaki bowl place. Has anybody tried that?