I love marketplaces in the city for the indecisive eater in me. Good thing our options just got a little more colorful with the addition of Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking District.
It’s a nice escape from the crowded Chelsea Market and fancier Todd English Food Hall. For some reason Gansevoort hasn’t received much publicity yet, and a Saturday morning stroll through the venue left us with the vendors, still slowly setting up shop, almost all to ourselves.
Yiaourti was our first stop. Their Greek yogurt is dense and creamy, offered with honey, jams and a variety of fruits and nuts. We had ours with raspberries, flax seed, pistachios and granola. The yogurt itself is the specialty here — a rich, unadulterated cream that barely has any hint of that sourness you find in most Greek yogurts.
Next, we tried the Bruffin. Riding the wave of the two-foods-in-one trend, the bread and muffin mix was really more like a thick, clunky croissant with flavored stuffing. Fillings ranged from salmon and herbed goat cheese (the Swedish) to chocolate-covered bacon with salted caramel (the Rainbow).
But Bruffins are not the best things at the Bruffin. The Costanza is.
The Costanza is a deliciously gratuitous creme sandwich, made up of two flaky circular palmiers nearly the size of my hand bookending a heap of fluffy frosting coated with almonds. It’d be wrong to take down one of these all by yourself. Kim and I could barely dent half of it together. It’s intensely sweet, but in such a luxurious way that it’ll be hard to stop taking bite after bite.
After the Costanza, you’ll probably what something savory. That’s where things fell short for us. Crepe Sucre’s mushroom truffle crepe was one-dimensional, and very flat one dimension. It didn’t taste nearly as good as it smelled, to the point where we assumed the chef simply forgot some ingredients.
It might be a better bet sticking to Luke’s Lobster, the taco truck or Colombian stand.
My favorite find ended up being the apple ginger soda at Brooklyn Soda Works. Zero sugar added, relying solely on the aromatic apple, accompanied by a sharp, refreshing ginger punch.
Like most of what you’ll find here, the soda at $4.50 a pop isn’t what you’d call affordable. But it’s the price you pay for the trendiest city marketplace yet.