The Return of Madison Square Eats

Madison Square Eats in October at Madison Square Park

While taking a walk up Fifth Avenue this evening, we found ourselves experiencing a bit of déjà vu. A very delicious déjà vu.

It seems like the last installment of Madison Square Eats—the month-long food fair in Worth Square, next to Madison Square Park—was just yesterday. (It was, in fact, in May.)

Roberta's at Madison Square Eats with the Flatiron Building

Sandwiches at Madison Square Eats

Madison Square Eats under Marimekko umbrellas

We were greeted by some familiar old faces—our friends at Roberta’s, the Calexico taco truck, and Momofuku Milk Bar, to name a few—but also some exciting new ones.

From housemade pastrami sandwiches, to Belgian “wafels,” to curry, every taste was represented.

The menu for Fatty Snack at Madison Square Eats

A barbecue pork bun from Fatty Snack at Madison Square Eats

First, we sampled a barbecue pork bun from one of the newcomers, Fatty Snack.

The crew behind Fatty ‘Cue and Fatty Crab have opened a chain of snack bars in a few different locations around the city. Each features a slightly different menu, but all of the items have the same feisty flavor combinations that the Fatty Crew is known for.

Our pork bun was no exception. Tangy barbecue sauce mixed with pickled slaw on a steamed bun, similar to what you might find at Momofuku.

Brussel sprouts, pecorino, onion and mozzarella pizza from Roberta's at Madison Square Eats

After devouring our pork bun, we moved on to Roberta’s for one of their now-famed pizzas.

The Brussel Mania, made with mozzarella, pecorino, caramelized onions and brussels sprouts, created a terrific balance with the sweetness of the onions and the bitterness of the sprouts, while playing nicely with the mozzarella and pecorino. We could eat these pies all day.

Shrimp Roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound

We also tried a shrimp roll from Eats newcomer but neighborhood mainstay Red Hook Lobster Pound.

The roll was a decadent blend of zesty tarragon mayo and roasted garlic with sweet Maine shrimp. The shrimp were tender and the roll had just enough mayo as to not become soggy.

Pumpkin spice latte cupcake from Robicelli's at fall Madison Square Eats

Upon finishing our “meal,” we headed over to the sweeter side of the square.

After a short disagreement, which is easy to get into here with such an array of options, we decided on a pumpkin spice latte cupcake from Robicelli’s. The cupcake was made from pumpkin cake and topped with espresso mascarpone buttercream and fall-spiced chocolate-covered espresso beans. The mascarpone made the buttercream light and smooth, with not a touch of graininess.

We left with a malted ball milkshake from the Milk Truck. The shake blended crushed malted milk balls in a vanilla ice cream, which, after melting, had us fighting over who got to eat the delicious candies crushed at the bottom of the cup.

As we made our way back down the avenue, we watched a spectacular sunset. Even though the first day of fall was just yesterday, we could already feel just a bit of its crispness in the air.

- Ryan


  1. Vanessa
    Sep 25, 2011 @ 09:30:58

    Oh, wow, I will definitely have to check this out next weekend. Especially for the Lobster Pound!


    • Smith & Ratliff
      Sep 29, 2011 @ 13:29:49

      We’re already planning a return visit. I also heard that the candied bacon and maple macaron from Macaron Parlor is a must, so be sure to give it a try if you go! -LR


  2. Glenwood
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 11:59:27

    Madison Square Eats is one of our favorite events of the year–as is any event the features the excellent Roberta’s pizza!


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