The largest food market in Uptown, The Bronx, and Westchester County, this monthly, open-air festival (which is free, I might add!) attracts more than 10,000 people each month and this past weekend, I was one of them!
Driving with my daughter, my friend, her two daughters and my huge appetite, we made excellent time traveling from Long Island, arriving shortly before 4pm when the festivities began. Parking was a breeze at the lot adjacent to the Plaza (and across from Fordham University).
Truthfully, I can tell you that my eyes were way bigger than my stomach, but, I'm very proud of the amount of yummy goodness I was able to consume for one small woman.
Upon arriving, I was struck by two observations. The first is that the market is very manageable in size and well laid out, making it possible to get an overview of the various vendors, to plot out an eating strategy and thereby, try as many different foods as possible.
Kudos to the organizers, Edible Bronx and Bronx-based creative agency BLOX, for their vision and discerning inclusion of such a divergent group of food merchants.
Our first purchase of the evening - yummy potato on a stick for $5 each. With numerous flavoring options, Gianna and I chose barbeque and it was the perfect choice. Just the right amount of spicy flavor and the potato was crisp but not greasy.
The lines were consistently huge from the time we arrived until the time we left.
Between our group's hunger level, the sun beaming down on us on line and wanting to experience the entire market, we opted not to wait on line (which at one point, while we were on it, wasn't even moving), and instead, plan to visit the restaurant on another trip to the Bronx.
Although it was rich and cheesy, it was, at the same time light. Not sure how she managed to accomplish this, but it was wonderful!! And the portion was a nice, healthy size at $7.00. Sadly for Gianna, who does not eat dairy, she did not partake, leaving the entire serving to me!
Aside from the humane reasons, eating vegan is much more healthy, for the most part, if one eats a balanced diet.
But, I digress. We stopped at Dolce Brooklyn for some vegan sorbet, featured below. I opted for blood orange which was superb!!! And Gianna chose Cucumber Mint Lemon, which was light, refreshing and uniquely tasty. Each cup was $5.
But, Bella decided she would try one. At $3 each, these girls decided to give it a "shot" (lol)
And so they did - check out their reactions in the video below
Did I mention that the Bronx Night Market has more than just food??
Yup - there are also vendors offering art, t-shirts, merchandise and even jewelry!
Gianna decided on the Sweet Potato Cupcake, while I went with the Chocolate.
WOW!!! These vegan dessert items are too good to describe, but I will attempt it.
Parking for our duration totaled $5, so for a grand total of $59 ($54 for food), it was an amazing night out!!
Bronx Night Market
1 Fordham Plaza