Celebrate Flatiron Chefs!

Madison Square Park, 24th Street & Madison Avenue, NY, NY | 07.16.2013 | by Merry Esparza

Style 1 Media On July 16th, food lovers and culinary enthusiasts flocked to Manhattan's Madison Square Park for Celebrate Flatiron Chefs!, the Madison Square Park Conservancy's annual summer outdoor feast that helps fund the park's maintenance, horticulture initiatives, and free cultural programs. Supported by Conde Nast Traveler, Delta Air Lines, Los Cabos Tourism Board, MasterCard Priceless New York, Mexico Tourism Board, and Seagram's Ginger Ale, the highly anticipated event featured tastings from more than 30 top restaurants and food purveyors located in the Flatiron District and vicinity. During a sizzling evening with temperatures topping the 90s, guests (including Chelsea Clinton) sampled signature dishes and chatted with some of the most respected chefs in the culinary field.

Guests beat the heat with ice-cold beverages provided by Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, El Buho Mezcal, Four Roses Bourbon, Greenhook Ginsmiths, Jack From Brooklyn, Long Island Wine Country, Pipeline Brands, Pisco Porton, Rhum Clement, Rockaway Brewing Co., Seagram's, Sorel, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and more. Local favorite, Citigrass, kept the crowd rocking with its bluegrass style of music. Several lucky guests won prizes in the event raffle.

The celebration featured tastings from New York City favorites including: Almond, A Voce, Blue Smoke, Boqueria, Choza Taqueria, Ciao Bella Gelato, craftbar, Eataly, Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, Hanjan, Hill Country, The Hurricane Steak & Sushi, iLiLi, Junoon, L&W Oyster Co., La Mar Cebicheria, Maialino, Manzanilla, Maysville, No. 7 Sub, The Nomad, Num Pang Sandwich Shop, Pranna, Resto/The Cannibal, SD26 Restaurant & Wine Bar, and the Shake Shack.

The Madison Square Park Conservancy is the not-for-profit organization dedicated to keeping historic Madison Square Park bright, beautiful, and lively. Opened as a public park in 1847, the area has existed as an urban public space since 1686. In the late 19th century, the New York City Department of Public Parks re-landscaped the square and it became the center of one of Manhattan’s most elite neighborhoods. By the 1990s, the Park had fallen into disrepair and the City Parks Foundation launched a campaign to restore elements of the original 19th-century design.

Today, visitors can enjoy Madison Square Park's green lawns, flowering shrubs and plants, elegant restored fountain, contemporary reflecting pool, ornamental lighting, and other appealing features. The Madison Square Park Conservancy works in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to operate and maintain the Park. Free offerings include Mad. Sq. Art exhibitions and programs; Mad. Sq. Music programs and concerts; and Mad. Sq. Kids, offering activities and programs for children. Madison Square Park provides the community with a playground; a dog run; free Wi-Fi; and a haven for residents and those who work in the area.

For more information, please visit: Madison Square Park Conservancy.