Josh Frank and his wife Nanae Mameuda-Frank are filling New York City’s portable rice snack niche with their new businesses, Onigiri by Tampopo and Tampopo Catering. Tampopo focuses on fresh, local ingredients to create their healthy and satisfying Japanese dishes. With a passion for fusion Japanese food, Tampopo specializes in Onigiri (Japanese style rice balls) with creative flavor packed fillings.
Through November 14th, visitors to Broadway Bites by UrbanSpace (in Greeley Square) can enjoy an onigiri snack, indulge in a donburi bowl meal deal, and even wash it all down with a sake or Sapporo. We caught up with Josh to find out more about onigiri, what inspired the business, and what it’s like being a vendor at Broadway Bites.
With temperatures in New York City finally making it feel like fall, a quick weekday lunch or an indulgent weekend food crawl at UrbanSpace’s Broadway Bites is the perfect opportunity for a hearty, comforting meal. From now until November 14th, 30+ vendors are offering all kinds of cool weather treats, both sweet and savory, at our market in the heart of Greeley Square.
Whether you’re indulging or trying to keep things light, a rice, noodle, or veggie bowl is the perfect well-rounded meal. Spotted at various booths throughout the market, many of our vendors are offering up these tasty, transportable feasts. Here are a few that we’ve been loving lately:
The sweet and tangy takeout classic goes veg at the Brooklyn Wok Shop booth with their General Tso’s Cauliflower & Mushroom Rice Bowl.
Today is National Gumbo Day — what better way to celebrate than by chatting with one of UrbanSpace’s newest vendors, The Gumbo Bros?
From now through November 14th, visitors to Broadway Bites by Urbanspace (in Greeley Square) can warm up with a bowl of the Gumbo Bros’ delicious gumbo, wash it down with an Abita root beer, and learn a little bit more about Cajun and Creole food. The Gumbo Bros, Adam and Clay, are two friends who met in college at Louisiana State University, and are now bringing a bit of the Big Easy to the Big Apple. We chatted with Adam Lathan, Executive Chef/Cofounder of The Gumbo Bros to find out what the secret to good gumbo is, and what they’re snacking on at Broadway Bites when they aren’t eating gumbo.
What motivated you to bring Louisiana creole and Cajun cuisine to New York City?
Adam Lathan: We have lived in New York for over three years now and ever since we moved here we have had to make our hometown favorites if we ever had a craving. None of the”cajun food” here really tastes like home so we set out to fix that. Read More
October is here, ushering in the return of Broadway Bites in the heart of Greeley Square. Opening this Monday, October 6th, our 30+ vendors are prepped to bring their delicious dishes and drinks to the midtown masses. Many of our purveyors prioritize using local and seasonal ingredients – hence, the market is the perfect place to indulge your fall flavor cravings, from pumpkin and apple, to maple and sage. Read More
Spectrum [a branch of Columbia Spectator] gives the lowdown on cool events to go to during the weekend in New York City:
UrbanSpace Garment District has set up a pop-up food market with ever-changing vendors, offering the usually bustling and corporate area a chance to explore the area’s smaller, independent businesses. Vendors include Mmm…Enfes, Onigiri by Tempopo, and the beloved Wafels & Dinges. Check out this foodie paradise before it disappears on Oct. 17!
UrbanSpace Garment District is up and running (through October 17th!), and it’s mighty delicious. Join us and 31 of NYC’s finest chefs and food-makers for our newest street fest. Haven’t checked it out yet? Feast your eyes on the scenes below (find ‘em all on Facebook), and check out some early words from attendees:
“What I love about UrbanSpace is that their events incorporate the known vendors that you crave while also encouraging you to explore new up-and-coming caterers whom are yet to open their own brick and mortars.” - Coffee & Champagne
“we stopped by the new urban space food market in the garment district for dinner the other night after being invited down to check it out and sampled ourselves silly with all the good vendors they’ve brought in. (things like japanese curry, lobster rolls, meatball sandwiches, tacos, burgers, wood-fired pizza…) i’m still stuffed a few days later. having such good food around really makes us love being here in new york.” – Love Taza
Mad. Sq. Eats is BACK IN ACTION! Check out a few scenes and stories from the feast below (and peep the full photo gallery on Facebook).
“Grabbing a quality but quick lunch in New York City’s Gramercy/Flatiron area can be somewhat difficult. Sure, there’s no shortage of options and the original New York locations of popular chains Shake Shack and Sweetgreen are nearby. There’s just that whole 45-minute wait time to worry about. That’s why we’re excited each year by the arrival of Mad. Sq. Eats and its 30 – yes, 30 – city vendors.” - Food Republic
“The entire triangle has been turned into a hopping open-air market, with plenty of seating, and even beer.” – The Daily Meal
“Of the new vendors, I was most excited by authentic Creole fare at Gumbo Bros. For founders Adam Lathan and Clay Boulware, who met at Louisiana State University, this is the debut delivering New Yorkers their New Orleans soul food. No matter how hot and sticky the climate, the Frenchman Street Creole Gumbo — sweet shrimp, Andouille, and okra in a smoky tomato-based roux, topped with a round of white rice — hits the spot.” – Insatiable Critic
“Mad. Sq. Eats is baaaack! Starting today, you can enjoy this pop-up food market’s month long stay in Worth Square, right across the street from Madison Square Park.” – Shelly in Real Life
“Surrounded by an array of delicious fare including artisanal cured meats, kombucha on tap, truffle French fries, Japanese curry beef tacos, and meatballs paired with homemade sauces, it was nearly impossible to chose favorites.” – Joonbug
“Between the big names you’ll know, the others you’ll discover you should have known and ones that are up-and-coming there is not a single stand worth skipping. Seriously.” – Coffee & Champagne
Fox sent a crew to cover Mad. Sq. Eats on opening day! Click the image to see some money shots of Pig & Khao banh mi and Breads Bakery’s babka, plus an interview with the coolest ice-cream-sandwich-eating kindergartner ever:
UrbanSpace is excited to announce a new partnership with The Garment District NYC — a partnership that’s going to bring some mighty exciting things to the Broadway pedestrian malls in the heart of the historic New York district. First up is UrbanSpace Garment District, a month-long food fest running along Broadway from 39th Street to 41st Street.
Stop by the market between September 15 and October 17 for bites from 30 independent food businesses, serving lobster rolls, arepas, duck dumplings, Dutch pancakes, Belgian waffles, Japanese curry, Brazilian bonbons, whoopie pies, paella, wood-fired pizzas and more. The lineup is packed with UrbanSpace newcomers, plus a handful of favorites from other UrbanSpace markets and from within the Garment District. Check out the full vendor list here! And learn more about this and upcoming UrbanSpace projects from The Village Voice and DNA Info.
Mad. Sq. Eats returns on September 5th! Want a taste of what’s to come? Our lineup has been posted, and is looking mighty fine. You can look forward to lobster rolls, gumbo, oysters on the half-shell, wood-fired pizza, crepes, charcuterie, empanadas and so much more taking over the west side of Madison Square. Come hungry!