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Sunday Doubleheader: New Amsterdam Market and Pickle Day


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Sunday Doubleheader: New Amsterdam Market and Pickle Day

Mike R. | | Oct 28, 2013 07:40 AM

Yesterday's banner day of serious NYC food events was one for the ages.

A walk-through of "Pickle Day" on ancient Orchard Street was a sunny stroll of salty specialty sampling, including Pickle purveyors old-school and new with their generous hand-outs and wares for sale. Kudos to the organizers for bringing this event back from hiatus! More than a handful of new-age food vendors were sprinkled into the mix. Best buy of the day was an exquisitely-made "blackened goat" taco from the Brooklyn Taco folks. As in previous years, early arrival is recommended...learned that lesson from the parking lot venue a couple of years ago.

After the pickle-fest, made my way down the Lower East Side and under the FDR to less intense, crowded nonetheless, New Amsterdam Market - in front of the ultra-historic Fulton Fish Market building on South Street. Hey, sure it's the hip(ster)est of places on the scale of Smorgy and Flea, but quality prevails here in every regard. Can't believe I got there too late for the tuna-butchering demo and boozy oysters from Maiden Lane, but DID snag the last almond croissant from Runner & Stone and some uniquely luscious dried Golden Raisins from the couple at Little Wrinkles. OMG, they also had a home-made "black cake" special...moist and rich, it rocked!

Hard to believe this market and enclosure could be doomed by development. There was also "Taste of The Seaport" right around the corner. Too full, but the wursts and bretzels looked good. Noticed a group of Green Bay Packers-clad customers adding a touch of authenticity.

Just curious, anyone else make any great discoveries and have recs for future reference?