Unlike the other NYC holiday markets, the Columbus Circle branch has a long row of communal tables. It is also unique in that most the food vendors are corralled in to one area, creating a cheery food hall environment.
Chelsea Market's Bar Suzette was offering up bistro burgers and frites. If you have a more voracious appetite, you can get the Park Royale Burger, which is two patties with arugula, bacon, cheddar, mushrooms, jalapeños, grilled onions, and a fried egg.
The East Village cocktail bar has a great selection of thoughtfully prepared sandwiches and vegetable sides. They also have an insanely delicious sweet potato custard hand pie with maple cream.
Baklava from Mmm... Enfes
Turkish Baklava is heavily laden with pistachios.
Mayhem & Stout
The friendly crew at Mayhem & Stout's Braised Meats insisted that they watch as I take the first bite of my sandwich. Their short rib and brisket is meltingly tender.
Short Rib and Brisket Sandwich with Horseradish and Beet Cream
The horseradish and beet creme doesn't look like anything you'd want to eat but its pungent, sweet, and rich flavor pairs really well with their unctuous, salty meats and the jalapeño escabeche. Actually, I could probably eat a whole cup of the sauce, which tastes like a liquified beet gratin.
Charlito's Cocina offers a gourmet line of cured meats like black truffle sausage and hazelnut and bourbon salami. They also have a dried fig 'sausage.'
Red Basil Thai Kitchen
The red curry from Red Basil Thai Kitchen was a comforting bowl of coconut milk, baby corn, and bamboo shoots. They were able to accomodate my request to make it 'Thai Spicy' and also included a generous serving of lemongrass and turmeric jasmine rice. At $8, it's also probably one of the best deals at the market, given the quantity of the food.
Mrs. Dorsey's Kitchen
The crew at MDK has a constantly rotating menu of pressed cheese sandwiches. They informed me that they were going to introduce a meatloaf grilled cheese once the cold weather really sets in.
The Jam Goat at Mrs. Dorsey's Kitchen
Melted goat cheese, mint leaves, and strawberry preserves. If you prefer a more savory sandwich, you could add bacon for a dollar.
German Delights Bratwurst
The flames leaping off of the grill attracted a fare share of gawkers for the sausage hawkers. Their bratwurst is definitely properly charred. They also have a non-alcoholic gluehwine.
Try the green chili mac and cheese.
Beurre and Sel
If you choose to venture outside of the market's 'food court,' there are some incredible cookies to be found at Beurre and Sel.
Raaka's virgin chocolate bars (made from raw cocoa beans) come in flavors like bourbon, vanilla rooibos, and blueberry lavender.