Beer Garden and Food Vendors to Pop Up at Union Square 'Nightmarket'

By Heather Holland on June 5, 2014 6:41am 

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 The greenmarket invited 12 restaurants to serve small dishes at its nightmarket event on Friday.
Union Square Nightmarket
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UNION SQUARE — The Union Square Greenmarket will stay open late on Friday for Nightmarket, an event featuring freshly made small plates and a pop-up beer garden.

In addition to the regular farmers market vendors, 12 restaurants will set up booths offering dishes for $5 to $10 each, and a temporary beer garden will offer Brooklyn Brewery’s Greenmarket Wheat, KelSo’s Rhubarb Gose and local hard ciders and wines, said Liz Carollo, spokeswoman for GrowNYC, the nonprofit that operates the greenparket.

“People sometimes come through the market and want to purchase prepared food, and since we can’t provide that on a daily basis, we decided to do it for one night,” Carollo said. “It will let people relax and hang out at the market."

Nightmarket, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m., also celebrates the launch of "The New Greenmarket Cookbook" by Gabrielle Langholtz, with recipes based on ingredients from the market.

Jimmy’s No. 43, one of the restaurants participating in Nightmarket, will serve a brisket taco based on a recipe in the cookbook, made with wine-marinated brisket served on a soft corn tortilla with pickled onions and crème fraiche.

“I’m marinating the brisket for three days in wine, spices, onions,” said owner Jimmy Carbone. “Then I’m slowcooking it overnight in our Jimmy’s No. 43 ‘summer rig’ smoker."

Rouge Tomate will serve its Green Burger, made with grass-fed beef, salsa verde, wild arugula, tomato, red onion and avocado “mayo” for $8, in addtion to a vegetarian burger, a carrot gazpacho, rhubarb lemonade and strawberry oatmeal cookies, a spokeswoman for the restaurant said.

And Union Square's newly launched The Pavilion will be dishing up seared tuna sliders with wasabi coleslaw and microgreens, Carollo said. Other participating restaurants include Back Forty/Back Forty West, Clarkson and Northern Spy Food Co.

For entertainment, 79-year-old musician Ray Mantilla from the Jazz Foundation will play Latin Jazz with a backup band near the beer garden, Carollo said.

“This will be a great way of promoting the market for the rest of the summer,” Carollo said. "We’ll be catching people right after work, so it’ll be a happy hour time.”

Nightmarket will run from 4 to 8 p.m. June 6 in Union Square.

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