If football kept you on the couch this past weekend, you missed out on some ridiculously tasty events. Not to worry, this is New York, and there's something going on at all times if you know where to look. Here's what's happening this week.
At this point, the farm-to-table-buzzword craze has largely subsided, and that restaurateurs and chefs find ways to thoroughly integrate the locavore ethic into their kitchens is not so much an exception as it is a rule. Still, there's a difference between adding a few token Greenmarket ingredients ... More >>
Find it at Adel's Halal cart on the east side of Union Square. FiTR has expressed more than a passing interest in hot dogs and all their permutations around the city, so when we discover a new one, we can't wait to tell you about it. Stumbling out of the Beth Israel Medical Center at Union Square ... More >>
Two bikes and a basketful of snow New York City lucked out with only 8 to 11 inches of snow, but the wind caused it to pile up in drifts, making it more difficult to trudge through the relentless white. Nevertheless, buses were up and running by noon, the Greenmarket at Union Square was doing busi ... More >>
Deals are to be had on designer garlic. Austere are the pleasures of area farmers' markets in winter, and the mother of them all, the Union Square Greenmarket, is no exception. The number of vendors has shrunk by about half, as have the number of pedestrians making their way through the L-shaped p ... More >>
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.
Con Edison will distribute dry and wet ice to six locations this afternoon for those without power. Dry ice can be used to cool frozen foods that might be rotting in refrigerators without power. See Con Ed's safety guidelines here.
Katsudon--the perfect autumn lunch Constituting a sort of new Times Square for New Yorkers instead of tourists, Union Square is alive with places to eat, many offering such amenities as outdoor seating, full bars, late hours, and even bargain pricing. Some joints are small, others can accommodate ... More >>
Will Pizza Bash, on the east side of the square, make the cut? If judgments were based on sidewalk statuary alone, they certainly would win. Twenty years ago, you wouldn't have recognized Union Square. Instead of students sunning themselves, there were sketchy characters selling loose joints. Inst ... More >>
Will Pizza Bash, on the east side of the square, make the cut? If judgments were based on sidewalk statuary alone, it certainly would win. Twenty years ago, you wouldn't have recognized Union Square. Instead of students sunning themselves, there were sketchy characters selling loose joints. Instea ... More >>
At Union Square Café, your meal begins with a bread basket, butter with herbed sea salt, and picholine olives. As Danny Meyer increasingly focuses his attention on an expanding Shake Shack empire, seeding locations up and down the Eastern Seaboard, you've got to wonder, is he still paying attenti ... More >>
Chicken thigh teriyaki at Glaze Fourth Avenue just south of Union Square may be poised to become a new restaurant row. Opening right next door to Dos Toros last Thursday, Glaze specializes in Japanese teriyaki, displaying a similar narrowness of focus to its burrito-loving neighbor. With a small p ... More >>
Some are now reporting that Becky Ferguson, administrator of Washington Square and Union Square Parks, is leaving her position. As mentioned in The Villager, "Becky Ferguson has left her job as administrator of not just Washington Square Park but also Union Square Park for a plum position with the ... More >>
Patty's Taco Truck's fully loaded tlaycoyo Tlaycoyo, from an Nahuatl Indian word, is a central Mexican street food consisting of an oblong slab of masa dough that has been stuffed with a layer of crushed beans and cooked on a comal - a flat or sometimes slightly concave griddle.
The sorbet is made for Mountain Sweet by DiCosmos Italian Ices of Queens, according to the sign. When I hit the Union Square Greenmarket this past Saturday, Mountain Sweet Berry Farm was not selling Tristar Strawberries, but they were selling Tristar Strawberry sorbet, made from their fruit by a ... More >>
The Con Edison lockout of 8,500 workers is now well into its third week, and there doesn't appear to be any end is in sight. Negotiations between the utility giant and members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 resume today, but sources inside the negotiations say so recent talks ha ... More >>
Egad! What's that on my Shofar kosher frank? [See More Flash in the Pan: Burger King's Bacon Sundae Revealed] You figure the formula used for street dogs has been the same for hundreds of years, right? An overboiled frank, squirt of grainy mustard, and steaming forkful of kraut or suspiciously ma ... More >>
The beguiling display of herbs in front of the Spotted Pig includes fennel (with fennel pollen tops), rosemary, and lavender. Fresh herbs are indispensible to many types of cooking - Tuscan, Californian, Vietnamese, and French spring to mind, to name just a few. Using dried herbs shaken from bottl ... More >>
The first crops of summer squash from south and mid-Jersey have arrived. This is one of the most exciting weeks in the farmers' markets, because the late spring and early summer crops have started to tumble in.
Thick meaty rhubarb is available in abundance. Several products have recently debuted for the season in the Union Square Greenmarket, and will be generally available this weekend and in the coming week. Bright red and much thicker than the specimens seen last week, rhubarb is a welcome harbinger o ... More >>
Fiendishly expensive, but they are the first Spring strawberries from local sources appeared for the first time this season in the Union Square Greenmarket. Priced at $4.50 per pint, the price was steep, but the fruit proved sweet and juicy, so good you wouldn't dare use them in a pie or in jams.
As we just shared on our live blog of today's OWS May Day events, Voice writer Robert Sietsema has confirmed that while much of the OWS activity is happening in Bryant Park, Union Square is undergoing a massive barricading effort by the NYPD. Robert wrote to us that: "I don't think I've ever seen s ... More >>
Eight dollars gets you a branch of freshly cut lilacs -- better than bathroom deodorizer. Despite temps that hovered around 42 degrees in the morning, Greenmarkets in the city were thronged today with cold-weather-weary visitors. For gardeners and their window-box-tilling cousins, there were sets ... More >>
The Battle for Union Square continues. The branch of Occupy Wall Street protesters who have colonized Union Square for the past three weeks continue their nightly standoff with the New York Police Department, which each night deploys more than fifty officers to clear the park and stand guard along ... More >>
When the NYPD again forcefully evicted Occupy Wall Street from Zuccotti Park more than a week ago, many of those who weren't arrested marched north, leading police on a winding course that finally ended at around 2 a.m. in Union Square. Most of the protesters went home after that, but a handful sta ... More >>
Following last week's Occupy Wall Street action that brought the movement back into the streets and the news, protesters marched against police brutality from Zuccotti Park to Union Square today. As with last week the Voice's Nick Pinto is out in the streets following the activity. You can read his ... More >>
It was not the promised presence of people wearing hoods that first got our attention at tonight's rally, but the Skittles. We were a bit skeptical when we arrived at the Trayvon Martin rally in Union Square and saw a hollering woman tossing bags of Skittles out at the audience. People were grabbin ... More >>
Because of its extremely convenient location right off of Union Square, Revival is the perfect meet-up spot for happy hour drinks.
And now, a look back at what was on the menu here at Fork in the Road this week.Balls on buns, at the Union Square Holiday Market. Lauren Shockey satisfies her yearning for yuletide eats with this week's listing -- Our 10 Best Things to Eat at the Union Square Holiday Market. Robert Sietse ... More >>
The Q train would like to remind you that love is possible, and that it will happen to you, even you! This hopeful memo seen en route from Union Square to Brooklyn this Saturday may be the loveliest thing anyone has ever said to us -- via Post It note, on public transportation, anyway.
EV Grieve has noted an eBay listing of interest to New York City public transportation geeks -- there's an authentic 51" x 31", 26-pound New York City subway sign, from outside Union Square, available for a mere $12,500. The seller writes that the sign was by the stairs to the entrance and is "from ... 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 >>
Now in its eighteenth year, the Union Square Holiday Market opened yesterday--a week before Black Friday. The "Christmas episode" of the year-round Greenmarket features wares from local knickknackeries. Neighborhood fixtures like Wafels and Dinges are there, as are unusual businesses like the one sp ... More >>
Not a Chase ATM, though we'd probably avoid this one.Two men have been arrested and face charges "including burglary, criminal possession of forgery devices, and larceny," reports the New York Times, for installing devices in card slots of 11 ATMs at four different Chase locations around Unio ... More >>
The alleged groperWhat would you do if some person came up to you as you minded your own business on the subway platform as you waited for your train and lifted your skirt, rubbed your thigh, and groped you? Would you run away, scream, call the cops, take his picture? Would you be paralyzed a ... More >>
Yelp opened their brand-new New York office at Union Square today. NYC Digital head Rachel Sterne was reportedly there, as was Mayor Bloomberg. Like many an opinionated restaurant or bar patron before him, Bloomberg took to Yelp afterwards as Mike B. from Manhattan to review the office. Five ... More >>
Is your gear protected? Your phone marked with invisible ink? In response to increased crime on trains, NYPD officers have been passing out "gear guards" at various subway stations this week to make sure passengers' backpacks and purses are safe from pick pocketing thieves.
Art in Odd Places is an annual New York City exhibit featuring artists, doing, well, art in odd places. This year (the sixth in New York), the theme focuses on ritual, with 70 artists taking over 14th street from October 1st through the 10th to do hour-long projects on that theme each day. The goal ... More >>
Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Union Square subway station, in a temporarily vacant retail space just down the stairs below the Food Emporium at 14th Street and 4th Avenue, Professor Joshua Spodek and his students will officially unveil "Union Square in Motion," an interactive art installation considered ... More >>
Cast In Concrete tracks Vijith Assar as he records the musical offerings of New York City's street musicians. Who: Dan Bellen And The Hare Krishnas When: 6/8/11, about 6:15pm Where: Union Square Scorcher of a day out at the Union Square Greenmarket, which is the best I can do by way of exp ... More >>
Heirloom tomatoes are currently available at nearly one-third of the stands at the Union Square Greenmarket. Two weeks ago, it was hard to find an heirloom tomato in the city's farmers' markets. Sure, there were plenty of hothouse tomatoes from New York and north Jersey, and plenty of field ... More >>
Public artist Leon Reid IV wants to turn Union Square's classical equestrian statue of George Washington -- you know, our first American president, that guy with the wig, on the horse -- into just another subway-map-gazing, fanny-pack-wearing, camera-toting tourist. At least it's a tourist on ... More >>
Esther ZuckermanThe New York Post reported Monday that "law and order" has returned to Union Square Park by way of tough love from the NYPD. Because the claim seemed a little hyperbolic, we went to the park around 7 p.m. Tuesday to check things out. Although the park's stretch known as "Metha ... More >>
The New York Post has an old-fashioned "Isn't NYC going to hell?"-type piece today regarding Union Square Park, a/k/a, "Methadone Alley," a "lawless city within a city" filled with addicts and pervs and criminals. Specifically, they're talking about the path on the East Side of the park that' ... More >>
This is what Rapunzel's mom sold her out for? They've been showing up in dribs and drabs for the last week, but ramps will be available in quantity at this weekend's farmers' markets. Count on at least three or four stalls to have substantial quanitities at Union Square, including stalwarts ... More >>
BNO designThe new Union Square pavilion? Maybe not...Apparently, not everyone is happy about the Parks Department's plan to convert the Union Square pavilion into a seasonal restaurant. Washington Square News reports that neighbors are against the idea, in part because converting the space in ... More >>
Spotted last night at the Union Square Walgreens. We've never really thought of focaccia as "elegant," but then we never expected to find it at a drugstore, either. Have a tip or restaurant-related news? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
urbandspacenyc/flickrIt's a blur market.It's about to begin looking a lot like Christmas and Hanukkah up in this piece. The annual holiday markets at Union Square and Columbus Circle are set to return this Friday, November 19 and December 1, respective, and both will stay open through Decembe ... More >>
The whoopie pie, two cake-like chocolate cookies buffering a cream filling, is a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition. The story goes that the treats got their exuberant name because Amish wives would place them in their husband's lunch boxes; when the men discovered them, they would shout "whoopie! ... More >>