As New Yorkers, we’re used to sitting in small, quaint restaurants,
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Roberta’s pizza is good. But trek-to-Bushwick good? Yes, but now you don’t have to. Roberta’s is one of the many restaurants featured at the semiannual Mad. Sq. Eats, which is open daily through October 25 in Worth Square, next to Madison Square Park. Other choice eateries include Mighty Balls meatballs, whose slogan is “Not Yo Mama’s Balls,” and Red Hook Lobster Pound, with straight-from-Maine lobster so fresh that it’s practically still twitching. Also, fill up at Calexico, which makes burritos almost as good San Francisco’s. Almost.
New eateries this year include the Doughnuttery, with donuts in flavors like Urban Monkey (coffee, banana, coconut) and Cheeky Peach. The market, which sprawls under the shadow of the Flatiron, also celebrates the neighborhood, with plenty of local places represented, including the Italian SD26, which is easy to spot: A whole cured pig is sprawled out on the counter. Also, the colorful umbrella shades are by designer Marimekko, whose flagship store is across the street. Come for the food, but stay for the alcohol, like craft beers and potent agave margaritas, which you can sip under Manhattan’s lit-up skyline.
Mad. Sq. Eats, Worth Square, urbanspacenyc.com/mad-sq-eats