Step Right Up: Seasonal To-Go Windows Are NYC’s Hottest New Food Trend
Eating food on the go is a way of life in NYC, but it takes on a completely different tenor come spring or summer. That’s because the weather is so agreeably lovely, it seems a shame to waste a second of it cooped up indoors. That’s why the following establishments have opened up seasonal, fast-casual windows; an ideal way to enjoy their excellent fare without committing to a formal, sit-down meal!
Oiji: As appealing as the rest of the menu is, the bulk of buzz surrounding Oiji has been due to their killer honey butter chips; razor thin russets wok-glazed in greenmarket honey and french butter, and dusted with sea salt and cayenne. So in a shrewd move, the modern Korean spot debuted a weekend window dedicated to the addictive snack, made even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, for $10 a pop.
119 1st Ave., (646) 767-9050
Huertas: Back for its second season, Huertas’ weekend hot dog window serves Basque-inspired wieners (slim slinks of pork and paprika chistorra, slicked with garlic aioli and piquillo pepper mostarda) as well as frozen horchata and peach creamsicle or sherry cobbler slushies (if you stop by in the evening, you can order yours spiked!).
107 1st Ave., (212) 228-4490
Big Bottom Biscuit Bar: Operating out of Osteria Cotta’s coffee window on the Upper West Side, this down-home destination offers biscuits, biscuits and nothing but biscuits from Wednesday through Friday from 7am-2pm, and on the weekends from 8am-11am, topped with everything from mascarpone and honey to vegetarian gravy to a NYC-inspired treat called the “Sea Biscuit,” stacked with house-cured salmon, pickled onions, capers and crème fraiche.
513 Columbus Ave., (212) 873-8500
Jalapa Bar: Also a Smorgasburg stand selling jarred, roasted tomato salsas, Jalapa is opening up a 100-square foot next to Brooklyn’s Clark Street subway station later this July, specializing in Texas-style breakfast tacos, dubbed the “Industry City” (bacon, mashed potatoes and runny eggs, topped with cheese, jalapeno and salsa and served on a corn tortilla), the “Greenpoint” (an all-veggie assemblage lined with avocado), and the “Sunset Park,” featuring chorizo and refried beans.
100 Henry St., No Phone