Flatiron Lunch Outdoor Eats Edition: Madison Sq Market, Calexico, BeerParc, Food Truck Frenzy

Every Friday our man UltraClay goes south of the ML boundaries in search of a delicious lunch. Sometimes it’s Murray Hill south or the Flatiron District, sometimes Gramercy and everything in between- but we just like to call it Flatiron Lunch.

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Spring is here! As usual, New Yorkers everywhere are seeking out any and every excuse to spend time outside. This week, we’ve got a bunch of Flatiron news on that front, with four new opportunities to enjoy lunch in the great outdoors.


First up, Mad. Sq. Markt, the collection of food vendors from all over town in Worth Square across from Madison Square Park is starting up again today. Every day until June 3rd, you’ll be able to try out food from more than 20 food sellers. Here’s the full list from the Madison Square Park website:

Asia Dog, Bar Suzette, Breezy Hill Orchard, Calexico, Carnelian Knoll, Chameleon, Cookie Panache, Eataly, Engage Green, Goat Town, Hong Kong Street Cart, ilili, Karma Living, kudu-lah, Marquet, Momofuku Milk Bar, Nunu Chocolates, P&H Soda Co., Piccolo Café, Resto, Roberta’s Pizza, Sigmund Pretzelshop, Stuffed Artisan Cannolis, Selen Design, Spices and Tease, The Filling Station, Yumi Chen Designs

I know where I’ll be eating every day for at least the next week.

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Calexico is on that list, but it turns out that they’ll be sticking around even after the market is over. They showed up for their first day in their new Flatiron spot yesterday (on 24th and Broadway) and had over a dozen people in line before they even opened. The guy taking the orders said that they signed a contract with the park to be there daily for the next year from 11am to 9pm.


If you’re a Midtown South luncher who can’t quite make it down to Flatiron, but want in on the outdoor fun and possibly a beer, FoodParc is turning their backyard into a beer garden. Grub Street reports that it’ll be called BeerParc and will include the traditional German options of sausage and beer served by Edi & The Wolf as well as Thai fried chicken from Soi 29, barbecue goodness from Fatty Cue and seafood from Ed’s Raw Bar. BeerParc is scheduled to open on May 18th.

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Also on May 18th and a bit out of Flatiron Lunch bounds, Zagat is hosting a “Food Truck Frenzy” featuring some of our favorite food trucks, including Souvlaki GR, above. Tickets are $12 before Monday and $18 on the day of the event.

Other vendors include:

Bian Dang, Big D’s Grub, Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, Bistro Truck, Cupcake Crew, Desi Truck, Endless Summer Tacos, Joyride Truck, Kelvin Natural Slush Co., Korilla Food Truck, La Cense Beef Burger, Mexicue, Patacon Pisao, Pizza Moto, Souvlaki GR, Steak Truck, Sweetery, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck & More

Common sense says that any event like this is going to end up being a shitshow, but I’m betting that 21st and 22nd Streets between 10th and 11th are going to be inconvenient enough that the crowd won’t be too bad. Here’s hoping!

Got any news or tips for a fellow Flatiron Luncher? Let us know at editor@midtownlunch.com.


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