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Batali Shows a Little Leg to Sex Up New Amsterdam Public

Mario Batali
As promised, Mario Batali served up some pork sandwiches at New Amesterdam Public’s demo market yesterday at the Seaport. Batali’s boots must be heated, as he was wearing shorts in 38-degree weather. Or maybe it was the sheer volume of purveyors who kept Batali toasty: Wild Edibles, Saxelby Cheesemongers, Marlow & Sons, and many more. Considering the cold, New Amsterdam Public had a good crowd — a positive sign for the market’s debated future. More photos after the jump.

Goatstravaganza NYC Is Here to Satisfy Your Goat-Gala Needs

The upcoming Goatstravaganza NYC on November 8 bills itself as the “New York goat event of the year,” and we have to say we think it will live up to that lofty title. Understand this isn’t just another goat-cheese event, or even a typical goat-meat gala. No, Goatstravaganza is a celebration of all the things that we love about goats: their cheeses (as curated by the one and only Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheesemongers); their tender flesh (via Frank Lania of Focolare Bar and Bistro); and of course their luxurious hair, in the form of cashmere, mohair, kidskin, and other soft materials. Wait, can it get any better? Isn’t there a multimedia goat show of some kind? Yes, there is! It’s based on the new book The Year of the Goat. And of course, no goat event could be complete without some special appearances — in this case, live Pygora goats from Rainbow Spring Acres farm in Lysander, New York. And the event has one other thing going for it as well: It’s said to be very kid friendly. (Ed. note: Yikes.) Year of the Goat [Official site] RSVP via e-mail.

Will the Seaport or Hudson Yards Get the Market?

Fulton Fish Market
New Amsterdam Public, the locavores trying to build a year-round indoor market at South Street Seaport, last night issued a strongly worded statement to the city while cold-shouldering uptown suitors for a new food market. At a fund-raiser catered by Essex Street purveyor Saxelby Cheesemongers, New Amsterdam founder Robert LaValva insisted that the city owed the public a food hall in two old Fulton Fish Market buildings. “This place has markets in its blood,” LaValva told us, while supporters sipped wine and nibbled. The city’s reaction has been tepid, and one of the megadevelopers vying to build Hudson Yards recently approached New Amsterdam about a bid there.

Outrageously Simple, Extravagantly Expensive, and Totally Worth-It Sandwich

Although the Underground Gourmet makes it a practice never to go grocery shopping when beset by a ravenous, goatlike hunger — lest he return home with a king-size bag of Screaming Yellow Zonkers and some Geno's pizza rolls — whenever he's starved for a good sandwich, he ambles over to his friendly neighborhood imported-foods or cheese shop. Some of the best places to get a good sandwich in this town, after all, are where you wouldn't necessarily expect to find one.