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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Weekend Cooking- The Winter Village at Bryant Park

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Each year Bryant Park, which is located behind the main branch of the New York Public Library on 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, hosts a Winter Village. There is a big ice skating rink, a Christmas tree, a pop-up sit-down restaurant, and close to 100 tented vendor stalls where people can buy holiday gifts. It's modeled on a European market look and it draws big crowds. 
It was 60 degrees at the skating rink

In addition to the handmade jewelry, Christmas ornaments and children's toys, there are many food vendors. In years past, the food vendors have been scattered about, but this year they placed several new and exciting food vendors along the periphery of the village on the 40th Street side of the park.

The focus seems to be on food from all over the world- I saw KAYA Taiwanese burgers, Dulcinea Churros, Jicama California Street Food, Domo Taco, MATZAHBREI (Jewish vegetarian), Mr. Bing Beijing Street Food, Veselka Borcht Bar, and Iron Burger Bar among the dozens of new food vendors this year. 

Chick'n Cone drew many visitors eager to try their take on chicken and waffles- chicken tenders tossed in one of three sauces (Carolina BBQ, Ranch and Cinnamon Maple), placed inside a waffle cone. I saw a lot of people eating those.

I wandered among them for a very long time, trying to decide before settling on La Sonrisa Empanadas, where I got a ham & queso empanada which was delicious and just the right size to allow me to try a Breads Bakery Nutella Cretzel- a pretzel shaped croissant drizzled with Nutella. They have savory and sweet cretzels to satisfy every craving. 
Nutella Cretzel

If you find yourself in NYC for the holidays, make sure to stop by Bryant Park and hit up the food stalls, I intend to visit there often enough to try some more delights.


  1. I love Bryant Park but have never been there during the holiday season. If I worked nearby I think I'd have to eat there every day during the season!

  2. That nutella cretzel looks so good! Thanks for whetting our appetites with info about the Winter Village.

  3. the only trouble with places like that is that no one could have a big enough appetite to try everything!
    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  4. I'm not sure I ever would have been able to decide what to get! All the food sounds absolutely amazing and I must admit that I'm seriously tempted by the chicken and waffle cone! Sounds like a wonderful day and definitely a stop I need to add to my itinerary the next time I'm in New York.

  5. Lovely taste of NY city -- thanks. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  6. So many choices! I think I would definitely have to get that Nutella Cretzel though--it looks both decadent and delicious! ;-)

  7. That is a big celebration and party there! There are probably many more people attending than we have as a population in Havana, Florida! (Pop. of 1,713 in 2013)
    The Nutella treat is calling my name, by the way, thank. You for the suggestion of the book Grape, Olive, Fig. It is going on my 2017 reading list. Sounds very interesting.

  8. I love Bryant Park in any season but especially around this time of year - it really feels like holiday time when you walk around. I'm off to the library there as soon as my jury duty stint is over and can't wait to check out the vendors now. Thanks for posting this.

  9. I went to Bryant Park during Thanksgiving week last year, I'd love to go there some time close to Christmas.

  10. I love Bryant Park and wish I could be there for that holiday market - it sounds wonderful!