Mad. Sq. Eats is back, and the twice-a-year outdoor feed has sprung a springtime surprise. The cultishly craved Christmas stollen from Momofuku Milk Bar, sold only at the year-end Union Square Holiday Market, has been reformulated with cherry, peach, and cantaloupe in place of the winter fruits used in the original cake. Sweet, dense, and redolent of almond, it’s “just as delicious as the holiday version,” loratliff says on Chowhound.
Newcomers to Madison Square this spring are Dreamscoops for ice cream; Eleni’s for cookies; Mason Jar NYC for barbecue and soul food; Mmm Enfes for Turkish street bites; Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen for grilled cheese sandwiches; Seoul Lee Bar B Cue for wings, wraps, and tacos; Sunday Gravy for red-sauce Italian; and Third Rail Coffee. Among the offerings from returning vendors, ‘hounds recommend pizza from Roberta’s; salt-and-pepper chile shrimp from Hong Kong Street Cart; sumac-seasoned fries from Ilili, dipped in an Aleppo pepper–garlic whip; lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound (which also makes a lobster Niçoise salad); and rice balls from Arancini Bros., whose recent creations have included the bianco rosso verde, filled with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, and pesto.
Mad. Sq. Eats is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through May 31.
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