Slideshow: What To Eat at the New Amsterdam Market Before it Closes for the Season

Shandaken Bake
Shandaken Bake
This upstate New York bakery is doing some incredible stuff, with refreshing change-ups from the over-sweet, self-consciously crazy pastries we've seen too much of elsewhere. Perhaps their best example is this parsnip bread, which features roasted parsnips mashed with maple syrup and apple cider, then baked into a delicately sweet loaf with a moist but granular crumb. It's much more a bread than your typical cake-like banana variety. We didn't want to eat the piece after stuffing ourselves so far, but we couldn't help ourselves.
Shandaken Bake
Shandaken Bake
These grainy-edged, chewy-centered cookies come with boulders of dark chocolate. If there is such a thing as a rustic chocolate chip cookie, this would qualify.
Shandaken Bake
Shandaken Bake
Shandaken has two biscuits to choose from: sweet cream and aged cheddar. It's chilly outside, and biscuits don't much care for that, so take these home, split them open, give them a toasting, and slather on the butter. They are both serious biscuits, but do heat them up. They are not made for immediate consumption.
Barbarini Alimentari
Barbarini Alimentari
Barbarini, the nearby market and restaurant that makes some awesome sandwiches, was devastated by the storm and remains closed. But that hasn't stopped them from keeping a table at the market to sell pantry goods like olive oil and vinegar. Pay them a visit and buy a bottle.
The Bent Spoon
The Bent Spoon
New Jersey's The Bent Spoon doesn't come to the market every week, but when they do, ask for their riff on an affogato with hot chocolate instead of coffee (basically just melted chocolate in a four-ounce up, and yes there is ice cream under there). Ours came topped with a marshmallow special they had that day, made with maitake mushrooms. Sounds weird, we know, but the maitake powder lent this perfect little cup a jolt of earthy intensity.
Hot Bread Kitchen
Hot Bread Kitchen
Hot Bread Kitchen is at the market selling, among other things, the best bialy in New York. Note the presence of the sauteed onions in the center. They make a huge difference.
Liddabit Sweets
Liddabit Sweets
Liddabit is in full holiday mode with an impressive array of handmade candies (of which we're big fans, though we must admit the pie bars iabove were a tad disappointing. Those beer pretzel caramels, though, are great stocking stuffer material.
Aaron Burr Cider
Aaron Burr Cider
This lightly sparkling hard cider is aged in bourbon barrels for two years before bottling. It's dry and a little funky, but comes with the aroma and finish of caramel, corn, and oak, along with a notch of whiskey heat. Read more here.