If you’re looking to take advantage of the weather this weekend then head to midtown for Madison Square Eats (Open daily, May 3-May 31, http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/2013-eats). Tightly packed in a small triangle between the tumultuous traffic of Broadway and Fifth, this foodie fest features stands from some of New York’s best restaurants. Take advantage of the opportunity to try these coveted cuisines hailing from Red Hook to Bushwick in one fell swoop. My recommendations: Asia Dog for the Mash (a hot dog with potato chips on top, simple, but genius), Melt Bakery for an ice cream sandwich (I recommend the green tea ice cream/ginger cookie combo), and Roberta’s Pizza for the elusive Bee Sting (spicy Soppressatta with honey drizzled on top—apparently this favorite isn’t available at the moment but I’m hoping enough outcry will rectify this situation).
Tables can be hard to come by, but after you’ve selected your fare, cross over to Madison Square Park to grab a spot on the newly-opened lawn. While you’re there, check out the park’s new art exhibit: Orly Genger’s Red, Yellow and Blue. Undulating walls of nautical rope in—you guessed—red, yellow, and blue section off three corners of the park in this installation, giving this skyscraper-enclosed green space a whimsical flare. The bold colors add to the natural boldness of spring as Madison Square Park is bursting with tulips and flowering trees this time of year.