|Applewood smoked salmon with creme fraiche and arugula|
On Saturday we had brunch at Craftbar, a restaurant near the Flatiron building. We'd heard it was usually packed by noon so we arrived half an hour early to discover we had the dining establishment all to ourselves.
|Frittata with Piquillo pepper, mozzarella and arugula|
I tried the applewood smoked salmon with creme fraiche, marinated red onions and toast with arugula and a giant caper ($15) which was light and refreshing. Also had the Irish oatmeal, steel-cut oats ($8) that takes forever to cook, and it was chewy and hearty.
|(l to r) Strawberry prosecco, mango and rhubarb sorbets|
We decided to try a selection of sorbets ($4 each), and we all enjoyed the rhubarb that wasn't too sweet, mango, a pretty straight-forward taste, and then strawberry prosecco, that only had a hint of the Italian sparkling wine.
Even though I was facing the window, I didn't notice the stream of diners coming in so by the time we left the restaurant the place was over half full.
|Stalls set up for the Green Market at Union Square|
There were also stalls selling honey, fresh fruit juices, seafood, and artisanal cheeses. It was wonderful seeing people pick up fresh vegetables and support local farmers. If only Hong Kong had something similar. I've heard some local farmers in Hong Kong sell their goods along the passageway to the Central piers, but not everyone goes by that direction. If only there could be a more coordinated effort and that could encourage the farmers to make better use of their fields.
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