Ogle This Eye Candy From Mad. Sq. Eats, Open Now Through May 30

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All photos: Hannah Palmer Egan

With a little help from UrbanSpace NYC, Worth Square, which mirrors the Flatiron building where Fifth and Broadway cross, came alive on Friday with dozens of vendors, the latest of the City's early-season outdoor markets to open.

This spring, newcomers Pig & Khao, Takumi Taco, Brooklyn Oyster Party, and 100 Sardines by George Mendes (among others) join usual summer suspects such as Roberta's, Asia Dog, Calexico, and the Cannibal, serving up lunch bites and lots of beer to a hungry Flatiron crowd, which swarmed the square en masse throughout the early afternoon.

If your crowd-weary heart can't abide a herd mentality, by the way, check in early (the savory snackfest opens at 11 a.m.), or head over for happy hour, or even dinner -- the market is open straight through until 9 p.m.

Mad. Sq. Eats is located in Worth Square at 25th Street, on the west side of Madison Square Park, between Broadway and Fifth Avenue; it's open daily now through May 30.

Check out a little food porn from opening day, and be sure to get over there before it closes.


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Batchery, a Pop-Up Artisan Maker Market, Debuts This Weekend

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Bacchanal and many other Brooklyn-made goods will be on the market this weekend
Bacchanal Pepper Sauce creator Sonya Samuel and Brooklyn Delhi owner Chitra Agrawal are part of Brooklyn's makers community, the DIY-tinged artisan packaged food movement that's been integral to the borough's food culture over the past several years. And as the ranks of the craft industry continue to swell the pair wanted to bring together players and spotlight them in one place. They've organized a pop-up market, Batchery, which makes its inaugural run Bat Haus (279 Starr Street, Brooklyn).

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I Feel Really, Really Terrible About How Much I Like the New Gowanus Whole Foods

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This is a real sign at the new Brooklyn Whole Foods.
I can't believe I'm going public with this, and I may well regret it, but here goes: I visited the new Gowanus Whole Foods (214 3rd Street, 718-907-3622) the other night and I really liked it. God help me.

I need to emphasize: I'm not being paid to say this. I don't even write for this blog usually; I'm just a regular old news reporter, and I don't know anything about restaurants or chefs. I eat a lot of mac and cheese at home on my couch. Also, stale doughnuts and other stuff out of the terrifying staff refrigerator because hey, really, is no one going to eat these three-week-old baked goods? Snobs.

But despite my terrible taste, I do know something about groceries, and spending money on them, and then schlepping them home and putting them in my face. And that's what led me to walk 20 minutes from my apartment the other night, past the much closer Union Market and Trader Joe's, to the shiny new Whole Foods, a grocery store whose CEO I find odious and whose presence in the Gowanus area is a bad, bad sign. And I will be going back. Maybe. If I can get over my crushing guilt and ambivalence.

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Bed-Stuy's Hattie Carthan Community Farmers' Market Opens for the Season (PHOTOS)

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All photos by Hannah Palmer Egan
Brooklyn-grown garlic scapes at Hattie Carthan Community Farmers' Market
With summer blooming in full color around us, farmers' market season is in full swing. And while Union Square's famous Greenmarket proffers some of the freshest food around, crowd-wary shoppers don't have to join the swarming masses on 14th Street. Throughout the city, many community gardens host smaller, friendlier markets where you can stock your crisper with hand-picked produce grown right in your neighborhood. These markets are a great chance to get out, get to know your neighbors, and load up on veggies while supporting your community. Best of all, there's no need to board a subway. In Bedford-Stuyvesant, for instance, Hattie Carthan Community Garden holds weekend markets in two locations.

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A New Food Market for Long Island City

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A new weekend market is in the works, and this one is all about Queens. The Long Island City Flea and Food will open in mid-June and run every Saturday and Sunday out of a 24,000-square-foot lot on the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue -- that should be enough room to hold the 100 vendors they're planning to secure.

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80/20 Baconburger at Dickson's Farmstand Meats: Scrumptious!

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Bulbous, pink, and mottled, Dickson's baconburger


I'd popped into Chelsea Market last Saturday to score a lump of guanciale at Buon Italia, when the meat case at Dickson's Farmstand Meats caught my eye--always good to give it a look and see what sorts of products, many of them oddball, are currently being offered. There among the novel sausages, pork sirloins, bone marrows sliced two ways, delicious smoked ham, and homemade pancetta a neat array of burgers scampered forward, advertised as 80 percent beef and 20 percent bacon, for $6 each. My dinner plans were settled! They appeared to be about a half-pound each, and were mottled with what looked like pork fat. Would they be any good?


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Bob Marley Wants You to CHILL!

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Legal (except in New Jersey schools) tranquilizers?


Peeking out from among the Malta cans and bottles of kola champagne and ginger beer in bodega refrigerator cases in neighborhoods like Flatbush, Bed-Stuy, and Clinton Hill, beverages bearing a likeness of Wailers lead singer (and prodigious pothead) Bob Marley have been appearing. (And what college student doesn't have his dreads-framed visage plastered somewhere in the dorm room?) That likeness has been pressed into service in Bob Marley-branded beverages, alliteratively called Marley's Mellow Mood. FitR picked up a couple on Church Avenue, on an evening when squad cars went screaming by, heading into East Flatbush. We certainly needed some nerve-calming.


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Now You Can Make Pink Lemonade With Pink Lemons

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The ornamental Eureka lemon has decidedly pink flesh, instead of lemon-yellow.


Normally, if you set out to make festive pink lemonade like Martha Stewart, you do it by adding cranberry or strawberry juice to your regular recipe. But now you can make pink lemonade without the alien juices.


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Radicchio di Castelfranco at Eataly Now

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Official Italian government designation: Radicchio Variegato di Castelfranco IGT. Truly sorry it looks something like a dirty, blood-flecked diaper.

If you're a seeker-out of strange and beautiful salad greens, perhaps burned out on the usual lettuces, cabbages, and kales, think about visiting Eataly in the near future. Because there you can score a head of an unusual radicchio.

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5 Great Food Markets to Visit Right Now

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There's no doubt: New York is a buyer's market. At least where food is concerned.

Stroll through the souk-like stalls of our city's great markets as you scarf down spicy, chicken pigs-in-blankets from Brooklyn Piggies and a chaser of Grady's Cold Brew, and revel in these first breezes of fall as you chat with vendors. Is that kimchi made with local, seasonal ingredients? Why yes, yes it is! And can you try it? Of course, just ask.

For those who prefer to shop indoors, we've also included a few indoor, brick and mortar markets, full of specialty vendors. And while they might not have the cache of their outdoor counterparts, they are equally stocked with now-that-you-see-it-you-need-it goods (like those buttery but crisp rugelach from Ruthy's).

Here are five of our favorite food markets in NYC right now:


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