Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tuesday Nights: Madison Square Eats

Towards the end of  one year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whoever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

On this recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: Madison Square Eats

Seeing that it was the last week of Madison Square Eats for Fall 2013, I convinced my friends to go and hang out in the chill with me. I thought the cold would deter people from attending but I forget that NYC-ers are pretty tough. It took awhile to get a table. My hawk eyes and aggressive pushy nature finally scored us one. We sat while enjoying some beer and food. It was a good night.
Above is the Speckenwolf pizza from Roberta's ($12) with speck, onions, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese. This neapolitan pie was quite good. Melty cheese, smoked meat, punchy onions, and earthy mushrooms. Everything just worked really well together.

The rice balls from Arancini Bros were huge. (not pictured; I forgot to snap one). We tried a classic ragu and a sepia one. Both were really good with crispy outsides and soft creamy risotto rice inside. The sepia one had spicy shrimp, calamari, and tomato.

Mayhem and Stout has been a place I've been wanting to try. Here is one of their special combinations ($9) with braised pork shoulder, dragon sauce (Asian BBQ sauce), and spicy slaw. The bread held up really well to the juicy tender pork, sweet spicy sauce, and crunchy spicy cabbage slaw. Overall, I enjoyed it. It was hearty without being too heavy. I think it was also a good value too.
These are chicken wings from Seoul Lee Korean Barbecue. Battered and deep fried wings tossed in a sweet garlicky sauce. These were pretty good. They stayed crispy for a really long time and the flavors were spot on. Don't expect a sauced out Korean fried chicken like Bon Chon. This is different.
Next up, the Honk Kong StreetCart where Mr. M&P went gaga over the option of pork belly buns ($4 each). These were decent but no where as good as the ones from the Momofuku empire. The pork was tender but not achingly so. I think the sauce and accompaniments needed a bit more work. But overall, it worked.
We also got some fried oysters from Hong Kong StreetCart. Because heck we love fried oysters. These were really nice. Freshly fried with a light breading. Super crispy and meltingly creamy inside. The oyster itself tasted fresh and didn't need the lemon. I enjoyed these.
The last savory dish we tried was the lobster mac and cheese ($12) from the Red Hook Lobster Pound made with 4 different cheeses and lobster meat. This was the least enjoyed dish of the night. The sauce had separated and become really greasy. None of the cheese stuck to the pasta. When we first received the dish, it came in a cup with melted cheese on top. It looked deceivingly good. But when we poured it out on a tray, we saw what it really was. Greased up pasta, separated chunks of cheese, and some pieces of lobster. I definitely would not order this again. Stick to the lobster rolls.
And then finally dessert. I chose a compost cookie ($2) from Momofuku Milk bar which pretty much has a lot of different sweet and savory ingredients in it including chocolate and butterscotch chips, potato chips, pretzels, and coffee. It tasted pretty good. Not too sweet with all the salt going on in there. The texture was crunchy on the edge and chewy in the middle. I'd definitely eat this again.
Overall, I really enjoyed myself at Madison Square Eats. I think the variety of vendors and the price point is spot on. You get to eat a lot of different kinds of food and even grab a drink while you're at it. Beer and wine only. When it opens again in the spring, I'll be back for sure.

Madison Square Eats
Corner of 25th Street b/w Broadway and 5th Avenue

261 Moore Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 417-1118

Arancini Bros
940 Flushing Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 418-6347

Mayhem & Stout
711 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 986-1600

Seoul Lee Korean Barbecue
Located at various pop up events

Hong Kong StreetCart
Located at various pop up events

Red Hook Lobster Pound
284 Van Brunt Street
New York, NY 11231
(718) 858-7650

Momofuku Milk Bar
Several locations across NYC

1 comment:

  1. Dang. You guys hit just about everything.


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