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Gumbo Bros

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

The Word on #BwayBites

June 18, 2014

UrbanSpace’s latest market, Broadway Bites, is in full swing in Midtown’s Greeley Square. Why should you come join the feast (running through August 1st)? We’ll let the pros explain…

The Insatiable Critic’s Maria Yagoda feasts through the market:

What to drink with this eclectic feast? Quite Clearly Nunu’s Chocolate’s frozen white wine sangria — a sweet slush of South African white wine and frozen fruit. I had to order a second. This one I drank alongside Mason Jar NY‘s masterfully fried pickle chips. Greeley Square never looked better.

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Time Out New York lists us on its Food Lovers’ Summer Bucket List:

 The seasonal pop-up market comes stocked with tried-and-true favorites from folks like Roberta’s and Red Hook Lobster Pound, along with festival virgins such as La Newyorkina, Brooklyn Taco and Breads Bakery.

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Restaurant Girl hits each of the Broadway Bites newcomers, tasting Japanese rice balls, Indian tacos, Thai popsicles and more:

The enthusiasm is infectious at this plucky, young stand (their only location is at Broadway Bites), where they serve authentic, Bangkok street specialties, such as Basil Fried Rice, Som Tum Salad, and an especially tasty Pad Thai.

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AM New York has the skinny on how it all goes down:

Office workers on the west side of Midtown Manhattan have reason to be excited: every day for the next two months Broadway Bites will be open in Greeley Square Park, just south of Herald Square, from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. The pop-up food market is presented by UrbanSpace, an organization that turns open spaces into vibrant and active places for people to come together.

Style Cartel calls for a Cartel Hangout on Broadway:

 Broadway Bites by UrbanSpace is the latest food pop-up near Herald Square that houses over 20 very different options of delicacies. From brisket sandwiches with blueberry puree and pickled onion to Maine lobster rolls to buffalo chicken arancini to pistachio cannolis to Korean barbecue tacos, unless you have strict dietary restrictions you can’t choose just one.

Catch the latest on Broadway Bites by checking the hashtag #BwayBites on Twitter and Instagram. Warning: It will make you hungry…

 

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For our first Broadway Bites Vendor Spotlight of the season, we caught up with Uri Scheft, the dough-kneading mastermind behind Union Square’s Breads Bakery. From sweet babkas and rugelach, to savory sandwiches and burekasim, Uri will be serving his spectacular baked goods from June 3rd to August 1st at Broadway Bites in Greeley Square.

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Tofu and quinoa rollTwo Tablespoons is the brainchild of awesome vegetarian chef duo, Katya Kosar & Gosha Danilov.  These two are passionate about healthy food, offering dishes that are clean, locally grown, vegetarian and gluten-free – wow! We don’t know about you, but we always feel better when we eat fresh, real cuisine, and Two Tablespoons makes doing so easy and enjoyable.

This will be Two Tablespoons’ first time as a vendor at Mad. Sq. Eats and we highly suggest paying their booth a visit! They’ll be serving a fresh, seasonal menu that includes yummy summer rolls and glass noodle salads.  Here’s a little “behind the scenes” in the meantime.  Read More

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Exciting news for our vegetarian and health-conscious pals! Hong Kong Street Cart, one of our most popular vendors at Mad. Sq. Eats (which opens on FRIDAY, May 2nd!), is returning to the park this season with a plethora of new veggie options.

New menu items include a vegetarian rice burger with fish soymeat (image above), vegetarian orange beef soymeat bun and a vegetarian rice noodle with orange beef soymeat; they’ll also be bringing back their delicious cold peanut noodles!

Stop by their booth on opening day to give the new healthy and delicious dishes a whirl. Yum!

Keep Your Eye Upon the Donut

February 7, 2014

At UrbanSpace, we like to make a game out of predicting the next New York food trend.  There’s nothing more exciting than forecasting which buzz-worthy new dish will inspire New Yorkers to wait in epic lines in the bitter cold or humid heat.  My particular area of expertise — self proclaimed, perhaps, thanks to my insatiable sweet tooth — is dessert buzz.  Given the joyous opportunity to taste test the latest and greatest from local patisseries and bakeries, I’m always up to the task.  Cupcakes, macarons, chocolate cocktails… I’m your girl.  So without further adieu, I’m going to take a stab at the Dessert Trend of 2014 and call it:

Donuts are so hot right now.

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chutney

Indian food in a taco?  While the serving style may sound unusual, owners Kerri Brewer, Adrienne Anderson and Rayham Rumman have created a sensation at Broadway Bites with Chutney, a new culinary endeavor that dishes out delicious (and portable!) Indian tacos.

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NYU Spoon

October 9, 2013

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We love being on the radar of New York’s more youthful residents, which is why we were psyched to host the NYU Spoon team on opening day of Mad. Sq. Eats.  The intrepid group journalists enjoyed a bunch of the new cuisine options, took some great pictures and wrote up an informative piece for the new food blog.

Autumn in NYC is the busiest time of year for food-lovers: cooler temperatures and the onset of holiday season reign in a number of eating and drinking events that will undoubtedly plump us up for winter. Mad. Sq. Eats, one of the many markets hosted by UrbanSpace, has come to be one of our favorites. Located in Worth Square between Broadway and 5th Ave., this annual outdoor market features 28 vendors including newcomers like Doughnuttery, Delaney Barbecue: TacoTown, Slide and SD26 alongside veterans like Roberta’s, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Bar Suzette, Calexico and Mayhem & Stout.

Read more here.

 

Trotter Mag

October 8, 2013

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Brand new (it launched last week!) online travel magazine, TrotterMag did a gorgeous feature on the fall installment of Mad. Sq. Eats – our seasonal food market in Worth Square.  If you’re into food porn, this is the feature for you!

Check it out here.

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The foodie gurus at Serious Eats stopped by our beloved Mad. Sq. Eats during the opening weekend and weighed in on some of our new and notable cuisine options. Dig in!  Read More