Go for the Gözleme at the Bryant Park Holiday Fair
I don’t know about you, but Blondie and Chris’ respective holiday market eats posts made me jealous and hungry. So yesterday I headed over to Bryant Park to get in on some of that holiday market action.
I was actually planning on just walking through Bryant Park and finding lunch elsewhere south of 42nd street. When I spotted Mmm…Enfes’ booth at the NW corner of the park, I knew I didn’t need to go any farther for lunch. Their menu features a selection of Turkish pastries including bourek, gul bourek, baklava, and gözleme, a traditional Turkish hand rolled pastry. One of the ladies behind the counter strongly recommended the spinach and onion gözleme ($6) so I went for that. It was heated to order and I chose to get it with hot sauce.
The gözleme was truly delicious. The pastry itself was light and tender with a very tasty spinach and onion filling. The hot sauce perked up the flavor with a tangy little zing. I had just the gözleme for lunch and to be honest, if I had time, I would have supplemented that with soup or perhaps another pastry. If you have a lighter appetite, you might find that the gözleme is satisfying enough itself.
For sweets lovers, Rebecca over at the Bryant Park Blog calls their baklava the “moistest and most honey-laden I’ve ever tasted.” The lady running the stand says that she doesn’t have a stop yet, but she’s trying to do fairs and festivals to get started. They just started a Mmm…Enfes Facebook page and it’s pretty bare now, but the owner told me that’s where she plans to put updates etc.
I’ll definitely be paying a return visit while the market is still up. For more info on the Shops at Bryant Park, check out their site.