The New Amsterdam Market on South Street and Beekman only has four more weeks until it closes for the season, so if you're looking for some of Southern Manhattan's best savory and sweet bites, local beverage makers, and high-quality ingredients for home cooking, now's the time to go.
Ed, Chichi, and I paid a visit the weekend before Thanksgiving, by which I mean Ed took us on an hour-long eating tour with just enough pause to swallow—thanks, boss.
The quality of the food was impressive as always—more on that in a minute—but we also appreciated the market's booming spirit despite Sandy's devastating effect on the area.
The Seaport and its adjoining walkways, just steps away from the water, remain devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Look through the salt-crusted windows of shuttered shops and restaurants and you'll see clear evidence of the waist-high water line. Take a stroll down a side street and listen to how quiet it is. It doesn't take long to see that the southern tip of Manhattan is still suffering. Walk a few blocks inland and everything is business as unusual—which is almost more spooky.
The Market, against that gloom, feels like a bright place more than ever. And it has some excellent offerings from local and upstate businesses worth seeking out. Take a look at the slideshow for a few of our favorites, then head over Sunday during the market's open hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.