It's late afternoon and dinner is a few hours away. Where do you get a quick bite to carry you through the day? Afternoon Snack looks at quick bites to tide you over without spoiling dinner. Got a snack we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
A couple of weeks ago, wandering idly around the Union Square Greenmarket, we spied a crowd. It was ramps, we figured, as New Yorkers go crazy for them each April. Lemming-like, we waited patiently as each wave of people broke away and dispersed. Finally it was our turn. Instead of ramps, we saw instead four little bowls of multicolored chips from Mountain Sweet Berry Farm. After eating the "Brown Butter," "Pure Pleasure," and "Crunch Indian" varieties (two named for types of potatoes, and one for what it feels like to eat them), we bought a bag of the Andes Mix ($4), a nutty melee of ruby crescent and purple Peruvian made and bagged in Roscoe, New York. OK, so it wasn't technically the afternoon, but we annihilated this bag all the same. Don't do them a dishonor with dip, don't insult them by pairing a sandwich alongside. Follow the crowds to the stand on Wednesdays, Fridays, or Saturdays, make an informed decision by tasting all the samples, and then just try not to eat the whole bag right there. We'll wager you can't.