Ignore all the talk about the “perfect beach body diet.” This is New York, and one of the real joys of summer is the sheer abundance of food options. Whether you like nibbling your way through food-focused events, sitting down to a long, luxurious meal or sampling some of the city’s finest offerings, it’s easy to make Saturday a day all about eating.
9:30am: Brunch at Egg in Williamsburg
Lucky for brunch lovers, the beloved eatery Egg moved into a larger space, which means waiting to indulge in their fresh buttermilk biscuits, pork-sausage gravy and French toast made with Amy’s brioche doesn’t take as long as it used to — especially if you get there early. The food here is simple and fresh, much like the restaurant itself, and the best part, their prices won’t break the bank. After all, this is just the first stop of the day. 109 N 3rd St., 718-302-5151; eggrestaurant.com
11:30am: Tour Smorgasburg
Though you might be full after a hearty breakfast at Egg, the half-mile jaunt to Smorgasburg down by the East River will help revive your appetite for for brunch round two. For the past few years this Saturday food festival has graced the waterfront with nosh stands from popular purveyors including Blue Marble Ice Cream, Grady’s Cold Brew, Dough, Whimsy and Spice, Ramen Burger and Red Hook Lobster Pound. Grab some goods and grab a spot on the span of grass that overlooks the Manhattan skyline. 90 Kent Ave., no phone; smorgasburg.com
1:30pm: Hop the Ferry to Manhattan and Shop for Spices
Right by Smorgasburg you can hop on the East River Ferry, which takes you to East 35th Street in Manhattan. Not far from this stop, at Lexington Avenue and 28th Street, you will find Kalustyan’s, one of the best Middle Eastern markets in the city. Any foodie will feel like they just wandered into the cook’s version of a candy store. The shop, which has been here since 1944, is chockfull of bulk spices (some common and others you have never heard of), jars of gourmet pickles and jams, Indian peppers, frozen dosas and all sorts of other exotic, tasty ingredients. 123 Lexington Ave., 212-685-3451; kalustyans.com
3:30pm: Explore the Farmers Market
After leaving Kalustyan’s, walk through Murray Hill, also aptly named Curry Hill, and head to the bustling farmers market in Union Square. Every Saturday purveyors from upstate New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania set up here with fresh produce, organic cheeses, humanely treated meats, baked goods and local honey, all for your consumption. In season right now you will find sour cherries, tender beets, sweet peas and other tasty things to nibble on. grownyc.org
5:30pm: Learn to Cook Something New
Most Saturdays you can choose from three cooking classes at the Institute of Culinary Education in Flatiron, all which start at 6pm and run until 10:30pm. Learn all about making Thai food, Basque cooking or go to the source of culinary masters by refining some classic dishes from France. Each class costs between $115 and $125, and make sure to book your spot early — classes do sell out. 50 W 23rd St., 212-847-0700; ice.edu
Planning a summer Saturday with the family? Read our Perfect Summer Saturday for Kids in NYC.