Way before I moved to New York City, I always knew that this city offers something different when it comes to food fair and distinctive cuisines. I know that NYC is one the most vibrant city in the world — hence the nickname ‘truest melting pot on earth’. If you don’t believe me, just go to Queens county especially around Jackson Heights and Elmhurst area. Or if you are the one who loves looking for something different, then pay a visit to Brooklyn and you will know what I mean.
If i ever write a book about New York City and its’ culinary feast, guaranteed it’ll be as thick as a Bible.
Okay, back to what I am going to write about…
After those dreaded winter days, we New Yorkers are always looking forward for spring and summer. When the temperature is nice
and hot, we like to indulge in all those foods at the vendors or pop up markets located in Manhattan. Tasting all different varieties of cuisines from around the world together with a cold beer or sangria or lemonade or whatever cold drinks we can get. And yes, thank you so much for Urbanspace NYC.
Read more about Urbanspace here.
Urbanspace is a pop up food vendors that open during spring and summer for certain period of times in Manhattan. What I love about Urbanspace is that there is no limitation when it comes to the food they offer; whether you wanted a nice to-go gelato or arancini balls or you wanted to splurge your taste bud in a nice piping hot pad thai with yummy tacos then this is your place to go. There are several locations in Manhattan and they are mostly in the very accessible plus touristy areas. However, mind you that Urban space does not last long — mostly around one to two months so you gotta make sure to follow their Facebook or Twitter or their website for further information.
Oh yes, I just remember they actually held holiday markets in two locations sometime in the fall till before Christmas so if you are planning to visit NYC in November and December and want to experience this then make sure you mark your calendar 🙂
I have visited 3 of the Urban space markets this past few months and each market offers different varieties of vendors even though later on i could see the same vendors again at the other Urban space locations. The first one is the Urban Space Garment District held from May 4th till June 14th 2015. I got back at least three times because I was so in love with Arancini balls from Arancini bros and the lobster roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound.
Ragu and Nutella Arancini
Nutella arancini. THIS IS THE BOMB!
Lobster roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound. DELICIOSO!!!
Okay, the ragu arancini from Arancini Bros was delicious but the Nutella Arancini was way more than delicious — IT WAS F**KINGLY AWESOME! I mean, seriously, when you bite on that arancini, the nutella chocolate just melt in your mouth together with the sweetness of cinnamon that coated the outer part of the rice balls. When typing this, I feel like calling Arancini Bros and tell them to deliver those balls every single day to my apartment. I forgot how much they costs per piece but I bought half dozen arancinis for around $12 ish. I know it’s a little steep for a small rice balls but trust me — once you bite one you want another one and another and another … 🙂
As a lobster fan I am very critical when it comes to lobster roll. Lobster roll is one of the comfort food that I can’t have every single day because of the price (around $13 to $15 even $19 in some places). Well i know it is expensive because it is lobster meat anyway but I am always upset when a lot of place shouted something like “we have the best lobster roll” when in reality it shouted different things. Either they don’t put enough meat inside the warm toast roll or they don’t season the lobster meat. When I saw the Red Hook Lobster Pound booth, I was so excited I feel like hugging the lady behind the counter LOL. The lobster meat was so good and delicious; perfectly seasoned and cooked and best of all — they were not stingy with the portion. Finished eating it in like 5 minutes but for $15 and the quality, it was very worth it.
The second Urbanspace market that I went to was the one in Flatiron called Madison Square Eats. Seriously speaking, this one was the least of my favorite because of the size of the market and it got super cramped during the night time. However, because of the Teresita Fernandez exhibition held nearby so I decided to just go there and tried the Asian Hot Dog by Asiadog.
Ginny Hot Dog by Asiadog. $5
The Ginny Hot Dog has beef frank with kim chi and nori inside. I added a little bit of kick — which is the sriracha chili sauce. Actually without the sauce it was already delicious but I was just in the mood for some spice that night. Who knew that kimchis can actually increased the nom-nom factor inside a hot dog?! 😉
The third location (and by all means it is still open till July 26th 2015) is the Broadway Bites located at the intersection of 33rd Street and Broadway. I love this location because it has this feeling of ‘summer food markets’ in the big city. I tried summer rolls from Two Tablespoons (which surprisingly were vegetarian rolls and were so good) and homemade lemonade by Renegade lemonade (pictured here).
Summer rolls from Two Tablespoons : Tofu and Quinoa with Almond Sauce and Lentils, Beets and Goat Cheese.
I am not a vegetarian but I love eating lots of vegetables and enjoy them in every type of food — especially rolls. So when I looked at Two Tablespoons booth and saw how they prepared the rolls, I just had to try them. I got lentils, beets, and goat cheese rolls and also the tofu, quinoa, and almond sauce rolls. The lentils rolls was kinda unique especially with the goat cheese but the tofu, quinoa, and almond sauce was even way better. that one was definitely the winner rolls for me. And yes, kudos to Two Tablespoons because they really packed the rolls with lots of vegetables. With 2 rolls for $7.50 those rolls were definitely worth the bucks. And if you don’t like rolls then they have the summer salad too. Vegetarian or not, you will definitely like this one. I think I am going back to try their sweet corn with coconut and curry sauce — i have a feeling that is also gonna be good! 😉
So, are you dying to munch on those delicious rolls?! Then go to the nearest Urban Space market and taste all the foods and drinks before they run out of time.
P.S.: updated as per 7/20/2015 Urban Space Broadway Bites is still open until 7/26/2015 from 11 AM to 9 PM.
How to get there: 34TH Street Herald Square B,D,F,M,N,Q,R trains (close by), 34TH Street Penn Station 1,2,3 trains also NJ transit, LIRR, Amtrak train (2-5 minutes of walking), NJ PATH trains (close by), uptown M5 and M7 buses (close by)
Yours Truly 🙂