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Holiday Market Gifts That Give Back

Friday, December 12th, 2014

We’ve all heard the old adage “it’s better to give than to receive” — this year at UrbanSpace, we’re taking it one step further! Our 2014 Holiday Markets feature many lovely, locally made gifts with an extra philanthropic or environmental benefit. Not only are shoppers able to purchase perfect gifts for their loved ones, but they can rest assured knowing that their money is going to benefit charitable causes!

Here are a few of our favorites:

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Find Article 22: Peace Bomb at the Union Square Holiday Market where they sell bags and accessories that are naturally dyed, hand woven and constructed by artisans in Laos. Proceeds from every single purchase go towards supporting the talents of culturally sustainable artisans, and help to promote entrepreneurship and community development.



Garment District, Here We Come!

Monday, September 8th, 2014

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.

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Meet the Maker: Gelato Ti Amo

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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Only one week of Broadway Bites remains (until October, at least), which begs the very important question: Have you had your gelato–and Korean tacos and mushroom dumplings and Turkish pastries and beer floats–today?

As the market winds down, we wanted to give a special shout to one of the vendors who always puts a smile on our faces, not just because his gelato is so darn good. Luca Meacci is the passionate Italian expat behind the stateside branch of Gelato Ti Amo, which launched in Cortona, Italy, in 2010. Meacci tried the gelato on a visit to his home region of Arezzo in 2011, met with the founders the very next day, and the rest is (sweet) history.

We love Meacci’s gelato for its purity of flavor and its obsessive devotion to top-notch ingredients. Read on to learn more, and get thee to Broadway Bites to taste for yourself!

UrbanSpace: What inspired you to bring Gelato Ti Amo stateside?

Luca Meacci: I have been living in New York for ten years now, and I was missing the taste of gelato that I grew up with! I am from Arezzo and I always go back in September. During the summer of 2011 I went to Cortona and tried some gelato. I immediately fell in love with the gelato and with Gelato Ti Amo. The next day I met with one of the founders about the possibility of bringing Gelato Ti Amo to New York City. I am someone that eats gelato all year round and I thought that it could be great for me to recreate that in the greatest city in the world.

US: For those who don’t know, can you explain the difference between gelato and ice cream?

LM: Yes. It’s very easy for me to answer that. The first difference is that gelato has less fat then ice cream. The churning speed is different. Ice cream is churned faster and harder than gelato to incorporate air into the mixture. Gelato is churned at a slower speed, which means not as much air is whipped into the mixture keeping it dense. Another difference is that Ice cream is heavy on the cream. In order to be legally labeled it is required to have at least 10 percent fat content . We don’t use any cream, we only use organic certified USDA approved Milk. And our fat content is only 4 percent.

Gelato Ti AmoUS: Again, for those who don’t know: will you explain what sets your gelato apart from the rest?

LM: We get our milk and mascarpone from Mukki Latte, a milk company from Tuscany in business since 1954 and a USDA approved organic certified company, which is a synonym of quality. Just to give you an idea of how quality is important to us, we choose our products very carefully. Our raspberry, strawberries and figs come from Arezzo (Tuscany), lemons come from Sorrento (Naples), hazelnuts from Langhe (Barolo area, Piedmont), pistachios from Bronte (Sicily), chocolate, coconut and mango from the Caribbeans. If you go to one of our locations in Italy you will find exactly the same taste.

US: I know choosing one favorite flavor would likely be impossible, so how about choosing a favorite flavor for each season — spring, summer, winter and fall?

LM: Spring: strawberry sorbet

Summer: pistachio gelato

Winter: hazelnut gelato

Fall: mascarpone and figs gelato

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Vendor Spotlight: Breads Bakery at Broadway Bites

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
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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.



Vendor Spotlight: Chef George Mendes of 100 Sardines

Monday, May 12th, 2014
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Rather than play it cool, we’ll admit that we were beyond thrilled when we heard that Chef George Mendes, the incredibly talented chef at the helm of ALDEA, would be launching a brand new concept at Mad. Sq. Eats. Chef Mendes pitched the concept of 100 Sardines as the “bad little brother” of ALDEA, featuring classic Portuguese street food prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients (think ramps)… and he’s absolutely delivered. Since launching on May 2nd, 100 Sardines has fast established itself as one of the must popular, unique booths at this spring’s installment of Mad. Sq. Eats – market goers, journalists and influencers are completely obsessed with the food, the service and the atmosphere.

We spoke with Chef Mendes about 100 Sardines, and his first foray into the madness of food markets. Read more below!

1. ALDEA, your Michelin-starred restaurant, has been incredibly successful. What inspired you to venture beyond fine dining and tackle a completely different challenge, like Mad. Sq. Eats?

It was definitely a challenge, but I wanted to fulfill a desire for making rustic, fun food. We’ve never really done a menu of simple Portuguese dishes, so I saw this as something completely different; a way for us to grow another arm and do something casual and fun. (more…)


Vendor Spotlight: Two Tablespoons

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
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. (more…)


Drink Spotlight: Mexicue’s Passion Fruit Mango Margarita

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

It’s time to pack away those winter coats and say hello to the sunshine. After what felt like an eternity of bitter coldness and snowfall, spring is finally here! Personally, we can’t think of a better way to bid farewell to those winter blues than with a celebratory margarita! Mexicue’s Passion Fruit Mango Margarita, to be more specific.

Made with passion fruit, mango, lemon-limeade, agave wine and Chili Lime salt (to garnish the rim), this margarita is the perfect fusion of sweet and tangy. We, for one, would have never thought of combining agave with wine, so we’re just thankful that Mexicue did! So head to Mexicue’s booth at #MadSqEats (opening May 2nd!) to see what all the talk is about. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed!


Vendor Spotlight: Christie ‘Kicky’ MacKinnon from Kicky’s Kitchen

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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If you didn’t think you could have it all, then you’re simply mistaken. Thanks to Kicky’s Kitchen you can have your cake and ‘drink’ it too! The domestic diva, Kicky, fuses together two of our personal favorites: cocktails and cakes. Are you craving one already?! Her cocktail inspired cupcakes, otherwise known as ‘caketails’, are sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

With Mad. Sq. Eats opening just around the corner (May 2!), we decided to sit down with our awesome new vendor and chat about her delicious treats and big plans for the future. (more…)


Mad. Sq. Eats Vendor List

Monday, April 14th, 2014

After surviving an indisputably brutal winter in NYC, we’re thrilled to announce that outdoor dining season is upon us yet again! Mad. Sq Eats (#MadSqEats), now in its sixth year, will return to Worth Square on Friday, May 2nd. The popular pop-up market is a collaboration between UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy; together, we’ve curated one of our best lineups yet.

New Mad. Sq. Eats vendors include: Pig & Khao, Takumi Taco, 100 Sardines by George Mendes, L&W Oyster Co., Two Tablespoons, Kicky’s Kitchen, and Brooklyn Oyster Party.

Mad. Sq. Eats veterans back for more include: The Cannibal, Roberta’s, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Bar Suzette, La Sonrisa Empanadas, Macaron Parlour, Mayhem & Stout, Mighty Balls, Asiadog, Nunu Chocolates, Momofuku Milk Bar, Sigmund’s, Stuffed Artisan Cannolis, Arancini Bros., Charlito’s Cocina, Doughnuttery, Mimi & Coco NY, Hong Kong Street Cart, Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, Mexicue, Melt Bakery, ilili and Calexico.

We’ll see you in the park!


Asiadog: New York Street Food With a Twist

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Today’s spotlight is on delectable Broadway Bites and Mad. Sq. Eats vendor Asiadog. Think New York street food staple (hot dogs, of course) + an Asian twist. Asiadog is best known for their specialty hot dogs, topped with a variety of creative and innovative fixings. Today, however, we’re going to take a closer look at their menu and highlight the lesser known eats that the company has to offer.