If you didn't substitute lunch in New York yesterday with bites of artisan breads and broken hunks of 80% cocoa dark chocolate, you missed out. Here are some of the tasty things we sampled at New Amsterdam Market on the South Street Seaport and the much more cramped Unfancy Food Show in Williamsburg. (A few things, we did pay for however, and they were totally worth it.)
Besides the gourmet flavors at these temporarily rained-on events, each had a grassroots community spirit. At the New Amsterdam Market, long pieces of butcher paper, or the market's "petition," filled up with signatures in an effort to persuade the city that these stalls should be permanently moved into the empty Fulton Fish Market behind them. Across the river at the second-annual Unfancy Food Show, organizer Tom Mylan of Diner and Marlow & Sons said yesterday's attendance doubled last year's, and he expects the third annual to easily double that. Peruse photos after the jump.
Some favorite tastes at New Amsterdam Market included: pistachio rhubarb bread from Bouchon Bakery, birch beer from Heartland Brewery, sauerkraut sourdough-esque bread from AQ Kafe, sweet basil ice cream from The Bent Spoon, rhubarb and "blue velvet" (blueberry and yogurt) popsicles from a last-minute, thrown-together project called the People's Popsicle. A group of friends, some just in town from London, bought an ice shaver that weekend and went at it.
Over at the Unfancy Food Show, we scarfed down spicy relish and brine-based Bloody Marys from McClure's Pickles, sea salt with almond chocolate from the Mast Brothers, beer floats with sweet cream ice cream from Blue Marble and meat pâtés from Gabriel's Handmade in Brooklyn.
Photographs at the New Amsterdam Market by Robyn Lee; photographs at the Unfancy Food Show by Erin Zimmer.