Went to the New Amsterdam Market today in front of the old Fulton Fish Market. Man, I was blown away. Reminded me of the Ferry Building Market in SF or Pike Place Market in Seattle. A veritable who's who of NY food purveyors all with free samples. Sullivan Street Bakery directly across from Balthazar Bakery which created a "halve maen" (half moon) apple, raisin pie in honor of Henry Hudson only available at the market. Marlowe and Sons ham sandwich with apple butter next door to Sarah Jenkins' Porchetta sandwich. Anne Saxelby and about a dozen upstate cheese mongers including Cooperstown Cheese Company's Toma Celena, a semi-hard cow's cheese that you'd swear came from Piedmont instead of Milford, NY. Numerous vineyards offering wine samples and creameries offering chocolate milk and yogurt. In addition to all of the above, I enjoyed Fishers island oysters, white bean crostini, lavender short bread, roast peppers and aioli on focaccia, bacon peanut brittle from The Redhead, chocolate bars from Taza and Fine and Raw, homemade black cherry soda from HB Burger, pickles from Brooklyn Brine and Rick's Picks, lamb, pork and veal sausages from Dickson's Meats (opening in Chelsea Market) and Damascus Bakeries pita bread with olives and herbs, For dessert we headed over to Bowling Green and the New Amsterdam village complete with working windmill. Had some gouda cheese, stroopwafels, poffertjes (mini pancakes with lots of butter and powdered sugar) and the highlight of the day...fresh herring on hamburger buns courtesy of Russ & Daughters. Coincidentally, I was wearing my Russ & Daughter's T-Shirt. My daughter was somewhat horrified by the fishtail sticking out of the bun I was munching but I loved it!