Ice skaters at Bryant Park’s annual holiday festival can now feast on food from hospitality giant Danny Meyer's group at a new pop-up restaurant called Public Fare. The casual, all-day cafe with pastries, coffee, soup, sandwiches, and both warm and cold cocktails opened its doors on Saturday, along with the rest of the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park and the Winter Village. Public Fare is at the northeast corner of the skating rink and was built in partnership with Crate and Barrel, meaning every lamp, chair, and table in the restaurant has been selected by the furniture company. It will be open until the ice skating rink and Winter Village shuts down in March.
Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group signed a four-year deal to run the restaurant at the popular holiday market, so expect the cafe to reappear near the popular ice rink in the future. The slim food menu has four sandwiches, two soups, and four bar snacks. Options include a pressed smoked pork and country ham sandwich with swiss cheese, a grilled cheese with smoked cheddar and havarti, tomato soup with crispy pasta, and a soft pretzel. Check out the full menu below.
Besides Public Fare, more than 30 food vendors are sprinkled throughout the smaller booths in Bryant Park, curated by New York food pop-up organizer Urbanspace. Hearth chef Marco Canora brought an outpost of his hit bone broth window Brodo, offering chicken, beef, and hearth broth with add-ins like bone marrow, ginger juice, and roasted garlic puree. A large cup of beef broth costs $10 before additions. See the full menu here.
Chef John Shim, an alum of Korean restaurants Danji and Hanjan, has a kiosk called Chingu serving Korean comfort food like bibimbap and non-traditional things like ramen burgers. And 2016 Vendy Award winner Mr. Bing also makes an appearance this year. The vendor makes Chinese street crepes, called jianbing, filled with Peking duck, barbecue pork, and eggs. Old favorites, like Chimney Cakes and Home Frites, have returned as well. Take a look at the full list of vendors for the Holiday Shops, which close on January 2, below.
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park Winter Village