Wasabi not included
For the foodie urbanite who lives up to yet another hip stereotype -- crafting -- this sushi crochet pattern is perfect for that guy or girl in your life who's as into dashimaki as doilies.
Lauren Shockey What to eat while admiring the neon-blue Christmas tree?
Of all the holiday markets in the city, the one at Bryant Park offers the most entertainment. You can go ice skating, ride a carousel, play chess, and much more. Food-wise it's a little hit-or-miss, though it's certainly better than its neighbor, the Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair, which is completely devoid of food. At Bryant Park, you'll encounter several eateries you'll find at the other markets, like the MMM ... Enfes Turkish stand and Wafels & Dinges, which has hit up nearly every market. Some spots were also big disappointments (sorry, Dumpling Soup House and 'Wichcraft Hot Chocolate), but we found a few edible gems in the rough. Here are our four favorite stalls.
What's cloudy and pine-tree green? Olio Verde Novello, sometimes called New Olive Oil or Green Olive Oil.
Experts vary on the need to aerate wine before drinking it. Many are happy to simply decant the wine into a flask (often a very expensive and easily breakable flask, we might add), and then let it sit for a half hour or so, in order to let certain unidentified volatile elements escape as gases.
Lauren Shockey Mmm, indeed. A gul börek from Mmm ... Enfes.
After yesterday's dud of an exploration, we didn't have high hopes for the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. But the good thing about having low expectations is that you're almost always pleasantly surprised. The Columbus Circle market is teeming with good eats, both in terms of gift-worthy bites and on-the-go snacking. Behold your four best bets.
Drink coasters are something of a retro-phenomenon. While our moms had several sets with different themes in neat stacks under the bar -- to protect her good finish from Dad's sloppy drinking habits -- most of us just use a back issue of something nobody ever reads, like Time Out or Field & Stream. That's why these pet animal coasters are such a good gift suggestion: Nobody has coasters anymore.
'Tis the season to spend mad money on everyone in your life. If you're not down with buying booze or quirky gifts for your loved ones this holiday season, the city's bounty of holiday markets offer a nice selection of unique presents. Even better, most markets offer a selection of snacks, foodie gifts, and full-on eating. Throughout the week, we'll be highlighting the culinary offerings at the city's holiday markets. Up first: the South Street Seaport Holiday Market.