The Weather is Perfect For the Dag Hammarskjold Farmers Market
It’s springtime! OK, not yet. But it feels…like springtime! And if 50 degrees isn’t enough to get you crawling out into the sunlight, then maybe the freshest outdoor lunch options in Midtown East will. Every Wednesday year-round, local farmers fill Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on 47th & 2nd with everything from fruit to focaccia. You can also stop by for chicken empanadas, chocolate whoopee pies, and strawberry apple cider all on the same block. The best part? You can get all of the above for under $10.
A just out of bounds spinach and mozz quiche the size of your face after the jump…
The first vendor on the corner focuses on all things fruit. Think: Juice, cider, donuts, pies. In the middle of the block, the guys under the green “Not Just Rugelach” tent have apple cider donuts too – jelly-filled ones. But for a real lunch, grab one of their hefty quiches for $5 or stuffed roast pork buns for a dollar! The $2 empanadas go like hotcakes too.
Federico, who works behind the display, says they sell about 150 empanadas each Wednesday and easily twice that number in the summer. For those with a sweet tooth, like myself, grab a half-pound of their “famous” rugelach ($4.50). There are four flavors, but my favorite is walnut raisin apricot. Generally, I avoid raisins, but even I can’t get enough of those pastries.
Many of the same vendors show up each Wednesday. And for those thinking beyond lunch, you can get cheeses, meats, whoopee pies, and Ronnybrook’s Creamline chocolate milk to-go for dinner or an afternoon pick-me-up. Sure, you might want to microwave the savory stuff for a minute, but it doesn’t get much better than $8 for three fresh empanadas and a whole apple pie.
Dag Hammarskjold Farmer’s Market, 47th & 2nd Ave.