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  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Meat-tastic Eye Candy From the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

    The 12th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party hit Madison Square Park this past Saturday and Sunday, bringing 18 pit-masters from everywhere from Texas to Red Hook together in one place. They dished out slow-smoked whole-hog, pulled pork, beef ribs, and brisket while local and Nashville talent like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2014

    Your Guide to Day Two of the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

    The 12th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party at Madison Square Park resumes at 11 a.m. this Sunday morning, offering you one last chance to experience 18 of the nation's top pitmasters, from Brooklyn brisket darling Delaney to Salt Lick BBQ from the heart of Texas Hill Country. But before you queu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    This Weekend's Six Best Food and Drink Events

    Sticking around town for a few days? We've got just the thing to make your summer staycation the best choice you've made all week. Here are the six best food and drink events in NYC this weekend.

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Shake Shack, an "Incredible, Happy Accident," Celebrates 10 Years With Special Burgers

    It's been a decade since Shake Shack (23rd and Madison Avenue) first planted permanently in Madison Square Park, unleashing its burgers and Concretes on an unwitting public and inspiring a frenzy that created a global empire. Next week, it'll celebrate the milestone by turning out a different specia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Ogle This Eye Candy From Mad. Sq. Eats, Open Now Through May 30

    With a little help from UrbanSpace NYC, Worth Square, which mirrors the Flatiron building where Fifth and Broadway cross, came alive on Friday with dozens of vendors, the latest of the City's early-season outdoor markets to open. This spring, newcomers Pig & Khao, Takumi Taco, Brooklyn Oyster Part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    33 Essential Restaurants Where You Can Eat for Less Than $10

    Rent prices may be rising in this city, but for now, there are plenty of purveyors of cheap food that manage to hold on to leases, even in trendy lower Manhattan. That's lucky for us -- cheap eats joints are a well-ingrained part of our culinary fabric, and they comprise a full third of our roster o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in Photos

    Pitmasters from all over the country descended on Madison Square Park this weekend for the city's annual celebration of smoked meats. The 11th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party again netted massive crowds for two days of pulled pork, beef brisket, and rack of ribs, plus an array of cooking demon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Barbecue, Shortcake, and Egg Rolls: What to Do This Weekend

    Outdoor concert? Graduation party? Whatever your friends are up to, you can probably bet they're not going to eat as well as you. Here's a look at what's happening in the city this weekend, all good reasons why you should keep the charcoal in storage for another week and just go out (especially beca ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013



  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Tickets Go on Sale for 2013 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

    Just look at the size of that smoker! Today at noon, FastPass tickets ($125) go on sale for this year's Big Apple Block Party, one of the city's signature food events. The two-day weekend festival, now in its 11th year, will be held June 8th and 9th in Madison Square Park. FastPasses, which work o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    A Water Main Just Broke, 23rd Street Station Evacuated (Updated)

    Updated 1:00 p.m.: The DEP has now revealed that the flooding started when a 36" pipe broke beneath 25th and Fifth Avenue. They say they're still investigating why the pipe in question burst, but we're pretty sure we already know the answer -- the thing was from 1915! Apparently 98-year-old pipe is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Greenmarket Returns to Union Square After Sandy

    Since Sandy, the overwhelmingly abundant Union Square Greenmarket has been closed down (and infiltrated by) swarms of Con Ed workers and other utility professionals. Reports now suggest that the market will reopen this week. Grab your reusable tote bags -- it's shopping time.

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Madison Square Eats Is Open Again For The Fall

    Madison Square Eats is back for another round for the fall season. For those who didn't have a chance to stop by during their summer season, the outdoor food vendor event is located at Worth Square, across the street from Madison Square Park, and features approximately 30 merchants. The opening da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Come Rain or Shine, A Few Eating Options For Memorial Day Weekend

    Hopefully this rainy week will turn into a stunningly sunny weekend. No one wants a washed out Memorial Day weekend, so we'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best as we make our plans. We're mostly half-glass-full types anyway. With that in mind, we'll offer up a few outdoor eats for the c ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 2, 2012


    Get cozy with some colorful blobs

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    OWS Free University Rocks Madison Square Park, Draws Bigger Crowd Than Shake Shack

    Somewhat ironically, it's the Occupy Wall Street May Day event that is the least controversial that is most reminiscent of the best of Zuccotti Park's heyday. The Free University of New York -- largely sponsored by CUNY students and faculty who chose to take their classes into Madison Square Park to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Shake Shack, Yelped

    This week, the Times' Pete Wells reviewed Danny Meyer's Shake Shack chain and gave it one star, writing that its food is inconsistent and its burgers unremarkable. Most Yelpers would beg to differ. They have come out in numbers (2,548 reviews have been posted for the Shake Shack in Madison Square Pa ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 28, 2011


    Get in shape for 2012!

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2011

    Smoke Billowing From 25th and Madison

    ​A large, dark plume of smoke billowed out of a building near Madison Square Park around 3pm this afternoon. The FDNY told us it was from a "defective oil burner" located in a building at 25th Street and Madison Avenue. Given the recent terror threat and significance of the weekend, an inciden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Here's an Easy Way to Profit From the Shake Shack Line

    ​In retrospect, it's amazing that it took this long, but someone has come up with a way to make money off of the Shake Shack's constant and interminable lines.

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Tonight, CB5 Will Hold a Public Hearing on the Fate of the Big Apple BBQ Block Party

    ​Last month, two committees of Community Board 5 voted in favor of expelling the annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party from its home in Madison Square Park. Their beef, as it were, is that the event, which is organized by the Union Square Hospitality Group, is just too much for the park and its gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Checking Out the Upper East Side Shake Shack

    ​Is that butter on the Shack Burger's bun? When the first Shake Shack opened in Madison Square Park in 2004 - with some grumbling about public space being appropriated for private uses - it was a revelation and an instant hit. Burgers, fries, hot dogs, frozen custard, all like you might find ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 16, 2011

    The John Dory Oyster Bar Resurrection

    A noted seafood restaurant returns from the deep

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    CB5 Tells Big Apple BBQ to Get Off Its Yard

    Sarah DiGregorioNo Big Bob Gibson's pulled pork shoulder for you.​Now that the flames of controversy surrounding the San Gennaro Festival have died down, they've been ignited by another open-air festival of hedonistic consumption, the Big Apple BBQ Block Party.

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    People Who Love Meat and Frostbite Now Converging at Shake Shack

    For those who are both carnivorous and impervious to the cold, here's some timely news: at 1:30 p.m. today, the Polar Brrrger Club will convene at the Madison Square Park Shake Shack to eat burgers and dress up in Hawaiian shirts and other weather-inappropriate garb. The above video was shot at th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Dorky Tech Snowball Fight Today at Madison Square Park

    via ceonyc on Four Square​In news of extreme things that nerdy people like, New York's tech elite will be gathering at Madison Square Park today at 2:30 p.m. for an old fashioned snowball fight (#techsnowball) to be followed by a group meal at Shake Shack. We can't wait to see how many iPhones ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Fat Pants Friday: Shake Shack's Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

    ​ Hot chocolate is a beverage that inspires fierce and unshakable allegiances. The thick-and-sludgy vs. thin-and-milky debate shows no signs of abating, just as the comparative merits of bittersweet vs. milk chocolate are one of the dessert world's hoariest old chestnuts. And now, we can now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday

    Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Vic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Small Dairies Thriving Once Again; Food Trucks as Marketing Stunts

    ​Decades after many small dairies were forced to close, new boutique dairies, like Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery and Heamour Farm in Madison, N.Y., are on the rise. [Wall Street Journal] Ever wonder why you overeat around the holidays? Neuroscientists say the stomach and intestines detect the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Fatty Crab & 'Cue, Roberta's, ilili Among Vendors Slinging Snacks at Mad. Sq. Mark't

    OMG: Mad. Sq. Mark't​The Mad. Sq. Mark't, in all its abbreviated glory, returned to Madison Square Park this past Saturday for the second year in a row. It will run through Saturday, October 23.

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Mad. Sq. Mark't Returns With Fatty 'Cue, Hill Country, and Roberta's

    Robert SietsemaFatty 'Cue's coriander bacon.​On September 25, Mad. Sq. Mark't is returning, sans useful vowels, to the west side of Madison Square Park for its second year. While the vegan handbags and cotton tunics on sale will undoubtedly be an attraction for some, we're more interested in w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    New York's Missing Restaurant Chains; Irrational Fear of Peaches

    This week in food blogs... Eater rounded up the top 10 restaurant chains it wishes would set up shop in New York City. Grub Street had a run in with a furry little crumb thief outside Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. Feast listed its favorite pasta places, including Scarpetta, Marea, and Convi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    We Experience Every Public Bathroom in New York City, So You Don't Have to

    ​Here at the Voice, we care about the state of the public spaces where we shit and piss. There are roughly 78 New York City public restrooms in Manhattan, and we want to know how well they're kept up and stocked, which attract things that fly and crawl, the general culture surrounding them, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Latest "Take Back the" Cause Involves Lunch

    ​Well, if you're looking for a good cause but protesting BP or getting involved with PETA or, say, human rights or something seems a little excessive, you can always start a little closer to home. Like, with your lunch. The Energy Project, which "offers organizations and individuals a ground-b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Where Can I Eat Out With My Dog?

    Jacket magazine​Welcome to this week's installment of Ask the Critics. If you have a question you'd like answered in a future column, email us or leave the query in the comments. Today, we deal with a question that always comes up with the advent of warm weather: Which restaurants will allow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Video: The Most Epic Marriage Proposal Ever, Starring Madison Square Park, a Chorus Line, Clowns, Cameras, and That "Shake Shake" Song

    ​Game. Changed. All of us who have yet to propose to our One and Only are very, very unlikely to step it up to a level of production you're about to see. Some people just have talent, and you can't teach that kind of thing. This is incredible.

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2010

    New York Parks Have Gotten Too Fucking Nice

    via Cresny​A few years ago, I started noticing that Central Park was getting too, you know, nice, with its perfectly groomed flora and flawless looking landscaping.

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Big Apple Barbecue Will Return: Crowds, Meat, Madison Square Park

    Pulled pork from Big Bob Gibson ​ The Eighth Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block party will return to Madison Square Park this summer, on June 12th and 13th. The event has become so crowded that it feels like a sauce-splattered cattle drive, but it remains one of the best food events in the city f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Our 10 Best Hot Chocolates

    MarieBelle's hot chocolate will coat your stomach like it coats the side of this cup.​ With the snow that's still festering on the ground about to be augmented by another deposit from the heavens, it seems an ideal time to consider the merits of hot chocolate. The cups available in New York a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Yet Another Hotel Coffee Bar Comes to the Flatiron District

    Per Madison Square Park Neighborhood, Stumptown's going to be getting another hotel coffee bar neighbor a few blocks to the east. Birch Coffee is under construction at the Gershwin Hotel and will open sometime this fall. According to the Birch blog, which includes painstaking descriptions of all of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Stumptown Opening on Monday

    Madison Square Park brings news that Lower Midtown caffeine fiends have been waiting for: Stumptown's opening in the Ace Hotel this Monday. Though the Portland import is sold at an increasing number of coffee shops throughout the city, this will be its first dedicated location in the city.[Via Eater ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Tonight! Regina Spektor, Loudon Wainwright III, Tinted Windows, and Raekwon

    Next week, Regina Spektor will release her first new album in three years. What we've heard of Far is more cinematic than her often bare 2006 breakthrough, Begin to Hope, which may or may not be a good thing. Take a peek at the Beacon tonight. Loudon Wainwright III, patriarch of the venerated Wai ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009
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    April 27, 2009

    Sikh Day Eats

    This is a PSA, calling your attention to Joey DiStefano's fantastic coverage of the Sikh Day parade and associated enormous buffet of free food to serve 50,000 in Madison Square Park. I really wish I could have been there myself to sample those roti and pakoras--although the heat and the large crowd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2009

    Shacking Up For Spring

    Persians celebrate the birth of spring with a table of fruits and grains. We like to do it with a visit to the Shake Shack. The new uptown location is not actually in Central Park so we got our burger, shake and crinkly fries to go, and footed it past the American Museum of Natural History to find ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 15, 2008

    The Best Places To Find '80s Prices!

    Great deals on illicit sex, waffles

  • Art

    August 21, 2007

    Rust Never Weeps

    Recommendations by R.C. Baker

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    June 8, 2007
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    May 10, 2007
  • NYC Life

    May 16, 2006

    Pitcher Perfect

    Outdoor drinking and grilling courtesy of a bar near you

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