Spring has arrived, which means it’s time for outdoor lunching at Madison Square Eats. A little day drinking doesn’t hurt either. Last week, John and I stopped by for lunch with Allison Kimchi and The Dishelin Guide on a sunny afternoon. May 27 is the last day of the spring market, so hurry on over or you’ll have to wait for the fall market in September.
If you’re not a fan of crowds, I’d steer clear of peak lunch and dinner hours. It was packed with people at 1pm, worse than Times Square, and the constant honking from cars along Broadway was not helping. Pro tip: divide and conquer at Mad Sq Eats, then meet up in the park for a picnic in the grass. Here’s what we had:
Asiadog does hot dogs with Asian-inspired toppings. We got Sidney with a veggie dog topped with Thai relish, mango, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, and crushed peanuts. No fish sauce if you ask for the veggie version, but they don’t add anything to make up for it. Good, but not amazing. (P.S. Yeah Dawg still king when it comes to meatless dogs… err, I mean, dawgs.)
For healthy, vegetarian options, stop by Two Tablespoons. I had my heart set on these beautiful summer rolls the moment I laid eyes on them. One filled with corn and quinoa, the other filled with chickpeas and beets. They use a single sheet of rice paper to keep it light. Why yes, I’ll have all the colors of the rainbow for lunch today.
The highlight of this meal was the tofu tacos from Calexico. Tofu chunks with salsa, guacamole, chipotle sauce, and lime. They double up on the corn tortillas, but there’s plenty of filling to go around. With a single tortilla, these would probably fall apart. The chipotle sauce is addicitive, and the tofu is so satisfying to bite into.
Disclaimer: I didn’t have the giant sundae from Ice & Vice (no dairy-free option), but I had to post a photo so you can feast your eyes on it. It’s topped with Squish Marshmallows because the ice cream alone just isn’t enough.