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Our 10 Best Things to Eat at the Union Square Holiday Market

A super-cheesy pretzel makes for fine snacking while shopping.
A super-cheesy pretzel makes for fine snacking while shopping.
Lauren Shockey

Well, we've saved the best for last. After visiting several of the bigger, non-pop-up holiday markets that have cropped up this season, we can say that the most varied and delicious culinary options can be found at the Union Square Holiday Market. Whether you're looking for an artisanal foodie gift or simply a quick bite, you're likely to leave here sated and happy. So even if you've finished all of your Chrismukkah shopping, you should still head over and check out Our 10 Best Things to Eat at the Union Square Holiday Market.

10. Sigmund Pretzel Shop's Cheddar-and-Truffle Pretzel: Hello, this is a pretzel covered in cheese and flavored like truffles. What more could you ask for on a pretzel than that? It's like filling your crack pipe with rocks and then adding in some meth. The more decadence the better! $4

9. Kings County Jerky Korean BBQ Flavor: What makes for better snacking while shopping than a big bag of dried beef? It's meaty and full of protein, giving you the energy you'll need to traverse the madhouse crowd situation. You can get it plain, too, but we like the spicier, soy-lilted version. $10

8. Wafels & Dinges' De Throwdown Wafel: This Belgian food truck makes a fine waffle, warm and yummy, with edges crisped to golden brown. But you want more than just a waffle; you want a waffle decked out in its finest. Yes, that means dressed in speculoos and whipped cream. $6  

Mmm, meatballs
Mmm, meatballs
Lauren Shockey

7. Mighty Balls' Pork Meatball With Jalapeño Jelly Slider: Meatballs are all the rage these days. Check out Mighty Balls' stand, which dishes up sliders, plain meatballs, and meatball heros, made with either pork, beef, or veggie balls. We're partial to the pork meatballs topped with a sweet-and-spicy jalapeño jelly. Add on spicy feta cheese for an extra buck if you want to up the fiery ante. $3.50

Cookie Monster-approved
Cookie Monster-approved
Lauren Shockey

6. Rubyzaar Baked's Sticky Fingers Cookie: Rubyzaar is a Brooklyn-based shop that sells exotic clothing and housewares, and during the holiday season it also bakes cookies. The large disks are prepared with international spices. You can sample the Hoi An, kissed with Vietnamese coffee and chocolate, or the Kashmir, flavored with Earl Grey and smoked almonds. But don't miss our fave, the Sticky Fingers, chock-full of orange butterscotch nibs and a touch of salt. $2

Stollen: Also German for "Eat-me-right-now"
Stollen: Also German for "Eat-me-right-now"
Lauren Shockey

5. Momofuku Milk Bar's Stollen: Stollen, a/k/a German Christmas cake, is a squat loaf of sweet, yeasty bread filled with dried fruit and covered in powdered sugar icing. The version from Momofuku Milk Bar goes beyond the ye-olde-raisin crap that's out there: It's spiked with candied ginger and creamy marzipan and flavored ever so slightly with whiskey. Eat this for breakfast Xmas morning. And Hanukkah evenings. $7  

Are cupcakes so last year? Who cares as long as they're yummy!
Are cupcakes so last year? Who cares as long as they're yummy!
Lauren Shockey

4. Robicelli's Pear Cupcake: Quirky cupcake peddler Robicelli's has a teeny booth at the market, selling sweets flavored of the season (eggnog cupcake, anyone?). We're a big fan of the pear-flavored option, though, which is ultra-moist and topped with mascarpone frosting. Get two; you can start dieting in 2012. $3

Candy is dandy.
Candy is dandy.
Lauren Shockey

3. Liddabit Sweets' Pecan-Brown Sugar Brittle: It used to be that our favorite Liddabit candy was the bourbon-coffee-bacon caramel corn (which is also available at the market), but after sampling the pecan brown sugar brittle, we have a new way to sate our sugar tooth. The brittle is light, almost honeycomb-style, with a deep brown sugar flavor. It makes for a great stocking stuffer, guaranteed. $8

Bronx represent!
Bronx represent!
Lauren Shockey

2. The Brooklyn Salsa Company's Bronx Salsa: The Brooklyn Salsa Company offers five different types of salsa, each named after a borough in New York. You can get them all at the market, but our favorite is the curry-spiked Bronx one. Amped up with tomatoes, eggplant, coconut milk and peppers, it works equally well as a sauce for grilled meats as it does as a condiment for tortilla chips. $6  

Warm up with this soup, chock-full of legumes and deliciousness.
Warm up with this soup, chock-full of legumes and deliciousness.
Lauren Shockey

1. Taste of Persia's Vegetable Soup: A surprise winner, indeed. But we fell hard for this company's vegetable soup, heartily topped with cooked mint, fried onions and garlic, chile oil, and yogurt. Known in Farsi as ash-e reshteh, the thick soup is packed with lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, and minced spinach and is super-flavorful and hearty, not to mention an unusual offering in the New York City dining-scape. We don't have many Persian eateries in the Big Apple, and Taste of Persia is working as a catering operation at the moment. If all goes well, they might start a food truck. Fingers crossed. $5.50

For more dining news, head to Fork in the Road, or follow us @ForkintheRoadVV, or me @ldshockey.


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