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Obicà Mozzarella Bar now open in the Flatiron

obicaWe get word that Obikà Mozzarella Bar will open Monday, July 21st in the Flatiron at 928 Broadway (between 21st and 22nd Street).

As you can imagine, the casual Italian spot features mozzarella, with 4 kinds available (Bufala Classica, Bufala Affumicata, Burrata, Burrata al Tartufo) along with a very robust Italian menu (everything from small plates, to antipasti, to insalate, to pizze to hearty entrees such as Bone-in Breaded Veal Cutlet. The mozzarella is reportedly flown in from Campania, Italy. You can see the full dinner menu at,32,-1,5844/15418-att.pdf and the lunch menu at,32,-1,5844/15419-att.pdf. They will also serve brunch,32,-1,5844/15416-att.pdf.

The original Obika opened 10 years ago and there are currently locations in Italy, Tokyo, London, Los Angeles, Dubai and uptown in New York City at Madison and 56th Street. Obika joins a competitive landscape for Italian cuisine in the Madison Square Park area including A Voce, Maialano, Manzo, Birierra, the rest of Eataly, plus Zio, Lulu & Me, SD26, Granduca di Sicillia trattoria, Aselina, Basta Pasta, i Trulli, Magia Osteria Italiana, and pizza spots Forcella, Waldy’s, La Pizza Fresca, Grimaldis, Zero Otto Nove, Tappo, and Eataly le Pizze.



Stinky Bklyn opens on 20th Street in the Flatiron

stinky cheese chelseaBrooklyn’s Stinky Bklyn market has a new outpost on the Flatiron/Chelsea border at 107 West 20th Street (near 6th Avenue). If you have not been in there, they stock some great items, like Blue Bottle Coffee beans, tons of cheese and charcuterie, Jeni’s Ice Cream, a selection of beer on tap (or bottle) and freshly made sandwiches.

It’s a great option for a takeaway lunch or specialty food items.

Check their website for the daily sandwich menu. Here is today’s menu:

Today’s sandwiches

  • stinky cheese sandwich#1 Prosciutto, Smoked Mozzarella, Pesto, Arugula, on Ciabatta $9
  • #2 Speck, Emmental, Dijon, Pickled Onions on Pretzel Roll $8
  • #3 Roasted Broccolini, Pickled Beets, Feta, Aioli on Ciabatta $9
  • #4 Prosciutto, Fresh Chevre, Honey, Arugula, on Ciabatta $8
  • #5 Aged Cheddar, Apples, Salt Rubbed Kale, Honey Mustard, on Miche $8
  • #6 Smashed Chickpeas, Mahon Cheese, Artichoke Pesto, Arugula, on Ciabatta $8
  • #7 Bacon, Fontina, Tomato, Mayo, Arugula, on Soft Roll $8.00
  • #8 Gruyere, Caramelized Onions, Dijon on Strecci $7.50

They are open Monday – Saturday from 10AM – 10PM, and Sunday from 12PM – 9PM.



Shake Shack in Madison Square Park to close for 5 months

ShakeshackReports are in that the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park will close for 5 months for renovations. They will expand the kiosk by 4 feet, and upgrade the kitchen and the basement storage area, but otherwise it will look pretty much the same as it currently does.

No word yet on when it will shut down, but we suspect it will be late fall after the summer season. The Shake Shack will be paying for the renovations (and not the Conservancy or the city.)

For more info see

The Flatiron Chefs 2014 event is back in Madison Square Park July 15th, and here are the menus

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One of the best fundraising events for Madison Square Park is coming up again on Tuesday, July 15th, where you can sample food from 31 great restaurants in the neighborhood. Each restaurant has a booth and you can try any and all of the special bite-sized dishes they are serving up.

Tickets aren’t cheap (although may be partially tax deductible), but proceeds benefit Madison Square Park, so it is a great way to support the park’s programs, upkeep, events, and security, while eating delicious food. It’s a great summer social event (or date idea).

If you live or work in the neighborhood you know what a great oasis Madison Square Park is – keeping it beautiful and fun makes our neighborhood one of the most desirable in all of New York City.

NOTE: This event sells out almost every year! Get your tickets at

gramercy chocolate cakeHere is the confirmed list of restaurants with menus:

  • A Voce Madison: Porchetta Tonnato Sandwiches with pickled vegetables; Red Wild Rice Salad with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella
  • abc cocina: Maitake mushrooms with goat cheese, fresno pepper vinaigrette; Churros with pineapple cajeta
  • Almond: Oatmeal stout float
  • Asellina: House Meatballs; Crolato – Housemade gelato served on a freshly baked croissant
  • Blue Smoke: Mini beef ribs; Mini strawberry cream pies
  • Boqueria: Cojonudo – Sobrasada, quail egg, pickled onions, toast points; Gazpacho de Sandia y Tomate – Watermelon and tomato gazpacho, mint
  • Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room: Monkey Bread with a chili jam; Golden gazpacho soup
  • pranna flatiron chefsCafe El Presidente: Ceviche Tostada; Mini Tamales with braised pork cheek, pickled scallion, and tomatillo-morita chili salsa
  • The Cannibal Beer & Butcher:
  • Ciao Bella: Assorted Selection of Gelato and Sorbetto
  • craftbar: Chicken Liver Tea Sandwiches – Chili paste aioli, pickled radish, cucumber, and cilantro; Porchetta di Testa “Cheese Steaks” – Charred peppers, caramelized onion, provolone fondue, and pickled fennel
  • Eataly: Tortello alla Lastra
  • Eleven Madison Park: Humm Dog – Bacon wrapped hot dogs with truffle mayo, gruyere cheese, and celery relish
  • General Assembly: Uni Toast with robiolina & tomato butter; California Chardonnay – vodka cocktail
  • Hanjan Hooni Kim: Pork Fat ‘Ddukbokki’ – spicy ricecake and fishcake; BBQ Galbi Skewers
  • Hill Country Barbecue Market: Brisket; Cucumber Salad; Mini PB&J Cupcakes
  • Hill Country Chicken: Mini Chickwich Sliders, pickled okra garnish; Cowboy Pie Bites
  • hurricane club drinkilili Restaurant: 8 Hour Pork Atayef; Ashta Atayef
  • The John Dory Oyster Bar: Bagged roasted peanuts with rosemary and garlic; Bagged squid cracklings; Char pate sliders
  • Junoon: Lamb Pasanda – Lamb roulade, apricot gelee, pasanda sauce; Cucumber Lime Lassi
  • L&W Oyster Co.: Sloppy Fish Tacos; Lobster Deviled Eggs with lobster botarga
  • Maialino: Chilled Corn and Sungold Tomato Salad; Fresh Berries and Vanilla Bean Mascarpone
  • Maysville: Grilled peaches with chilled tomato broth and basil; Marinated summer berries with lemon verbena granite
  • No. 7 Sub: Veggie Burger with cheddar, Chinese mustard, and pico de lettuce; Tuna Salad with lychee muchim and BBQ potato chips
  • The NoMad: Strawberry Cheesecake – Poached strawberries, cream cheese, and graham
  • Num Pang Sandwich Shop: Mini Pulled Duroc Pork Brioche Pangs; Cambodian Slaw
  • EatalyPranna: Chicken Seekh Kabab – Minced chicken, fresh ground spices, cucumber raita; Aloo Tikki – Peas & potatoes, tamarind glaze, mint chutney; Basmati Rice with Raisin and Almond
  • Raymi: Ceviche – Lime, red onion, sweet potato, habanero, and cilantro; Anticuchos – Hanger steak, choclo, confit potato, and rocoto salsa
  • Resto: Pigs Head Terrine – Plum mustarda; Mole Chicken Sausage – Cotilla crème, corn salad; Whole Roasted Lamb Gyro- Mint yogurt, pickled red onion, parsley salad
  • SD26 Restaurant and Wine Bar: Eggplant Caponata; Pannacotta with caramelized balsamic vinegar and strawberries
  • Shake Shack: DogMeister – Vienna all-beef dog topped with Shack cheddar & American cheese sauce and crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots; Beer Nuts Frozen Custard; Dense, rich and creamy ice cream with the hoppy, fruit-like qualities of ShackMeister Ale

Plus lots of beer, cocktails, wine, coffee and sodas from the following vendors:

  • Acqua Panna
  • The Bronx Brewery
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • El Buho Mezcal
  • Four Roses Bourbon
  • Greenhook Ginsmiths
  • GuS – Grown-up Soda
  • Long Island Wine Country
  • Merlet
  • PipeLine Brands
  • Pisco Portón
  • Rockaway Brewing Co.
  • Russian Diamond Vodka
  • Sag Harbor Rum
  • San Pellegrino
  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters
  • Tanteo

Shake Shack brings on big time Chefs to celebrate 10th Anniversary

This week (June 9th through Friday June 13th) Shake Shack in Madison Square Park is celebrating their 10th anniversary by having 5 big time chefs create their own specialty Shake Shack burgers. Each day this week a different chef will have their burger featured. But please note when they run out they run out and […]

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