On the northwestern edge of the West Village's Abingdon Square Park, Bar Bolonat (611 Hudson Street, 212-390-1545) glows from within its painted-black exterior, a welcome sight at the corner of Hudson and 12th Streets after three years of vacancy following the closing of Kobma Thai. Chef Einat Admon ... More >>
Same market, different location. Under brilliant sunny skies, but near-frigid temps, the Union Square Greenmarket reopened today for the first time since Hurricane Sandy. Not at its usual 14th Street location - which is being used as a Con Ed parking lot - but just off Madison Square at the inters ... More >>
A new West Villager channels an old West Villager
Even the chalkboard is excited. The first ears of corn rolled into area farmers' markets today, and the silk-clad beauties showed up at both Abingdon Square and Union Square Greenmarkets. The first corn of the year flaunts big white kernels (no bi-color or yellow yet), and is surpassingly sweet, w ... More >>
The whelks surround the scale, waiting to be purchased (actually, just the shells). Three weeks ago, Fork in the Road welcomed the whelks (a/k/a sea snails) to the menu of newly opened Bowery Diner, which we considered quite a stroke of genius on the restaurant's part. They're served raw, and also ... More >>
Perfect multihued cauliflowers from Kernan Farms of Bridgeton, New Jersey, at the Abingdon Square Saturday market. This is their last week till spring, also at their St. Marks Church (Tuesday) location. While Thanksgiving marks the start of the Christmas shopping season, it also marks something so ... More >>
Sweet, sweeet blueberries, at $5 per pint. The first farmers' market blueberries appeared today at the Kernan Farms stall in the Abingdon Square farmers' market. How did they do it, a full month before the fruit usually appears?
Wow! $6.99 per pound is a lot to pay for tomatoes. We've seen them selling anywhere from $3.99 to $5.99 per pound over the last several weeks -- hothouse-grown tomatoes at farmers' markets in Unions Square, Abingdon Square, Tompkins Square, and St. Marks Church.
Per Curbed today, there is a grassroots force fighting the good fight against Marc Jacobs' slow and steady, and then fast and furious, takeover of the West Village. Gary Stern, a resident of Abingdon Square, will stop at nothing (well, maybe he'd stop for a generous gift card?) to keep Bleeck ... More >>
For a change, Mountain Sweet Berry Farm had enough wild ramps to go around this weekend. Ramps--also known as Allium tricoccum or wild leeks--are one of the most pungent plants known to humankind. They're found wild in the forest beginning in early April, sometimes extending into early May. ... More >>
Long ago, Pier 40 berthed cruise ships. The April issue of the monthly newspaper WestView reports that a new farmers' market may be in the works for Pier 40, the hulking complex that sits at the western end of Houston Street.
Is it a piece of marble or a blue cheese? And did it make the list of Our 10 Best Cheeses? Who doesn't love cheese? A friend says she administers a cheese test to potential boyfriends. If the guy doesn't crave the coagulated milk products of cows, sheep, goats, or water buffalo, it's ... More >>
Small pumpkins? No, eggplants! Recently arrived in area farmers markets is the orange Turkish eggplant, also known as the tomato eggplant for its resemblance to a tomato. The specimens gathered at Abingdon Square this past Saturday are firm-fleshed, and had to be set aside for a few days to ... More >>
The life and loves of Eric Merfalen, a gay athlete who forged his sexual identity while playing America's most macho, bone-crushing sport