Field guide: Outdoor eats

TONY presents a handy manual for navigating the city's newest flea markets and alfresco food courts.

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  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Beer-braised sandwich from Resto

    Beer-braised sandwich from Resto

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Resto

    Resto

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    Bee Sting from Roberta's

    Bee Sting from Roberta's

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

    P&H Soda Co

    P&H Soda Co.

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

Beer-braised sandwich from Resto

Beer-braised sandwich from Resto


Madison Square Eats
In a pocket of the city already stacked with dining options, the all-star cast at this pop-up market has upped the ante. The cluster of kiosks tucked inside Worth Square is a lunchtime hot spot and—thanks to a beer and wine license—a buzzy after-work hangout as well. Roberta's charmingly ramshackle stall draws the longest lines, and justifiably so—the Bushwick-based locavore joint produces beautifully charred individual pies from its wood-burning oven. We particularly like the Bee Sting ($9), a sweet-savory riff that balances fiery sopressata with creamy mozzarella and a light drizzle of honey. Other brick-and-mortar restaurants operating outdoor satellites include Resto, which boasts a four-seat bar where you can sip craft beers (like the spicy Allagash White, $8) and devour a beer-braised beef sandwich ($10), built on an absorbent hoagie roll that soaks up the juicy gravy. It's not all beer-garden grub, though: Sweet tooths can hit up Milk Bar for favorites like Crack Pie, while teetotalers should check out P&H Soda Co., where freshly carbonated seltzer is spiked with handmade syrups ($3 each). Worth Square, Fifth Ave between 24th and 25th Sts (madsqeats.com). Daily 11am--9pm. Through Friday 3.

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