The Andaz Wall Street hotel, which houses the excellent restaurant Wall & Water, as well as a fastidious cocktail lounge, is bringing back its outdoor farmer's market tomorrow. Operating every Saturday through November from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the market will feature items from local Hudson Valley farms, including fruits and vegetables from Migliorelli Farm, poultry and game from Quattro’s, jams and chutneys from Beth’s Farm Kitchen, cheese and other dairy products from Farm Catskills, and artisanal soaps and breads. And on top of all that, the Andaz is going to be the first hotel in New York City to sponsor a community supported agriculture farm (CSA), through a partnership with Down Home Acres in Ohio.
For the uninitiated, CSA members pay a seasonal fee upfront to receive a weekly supply of fresh produce, which varies in content according to the season. Each week from the beginning of mid-June till the end of October, participants will get an assortment of seasonal vegetables and/or herbs from Down Home Acres’ gardens. Of course, if you're not ready for that commitment, you can simply shop at the farmer's market, which features most of the suppliers that Wall & Water uses for ingredients. As a tie-in, the restaurant is doing bi-monthly cooking classes in its open kitchen, where Chef Maximo Lopez May teaches guests how to prepare a "simple but elegant" meal with farmers market ingredients. (Then you get to eat it. And he's a terrific chef.)
By the way, the meticulously seasonal and locally-sourced restaurant recently launched its spring menu, which features appetizing new additions including herb salad, grilled stone fruit salad, burrata cheese and fig salad, spaghetti omelet and seafood pot pie. And if you stop in for lunch, you can 'make your own sandwiches' with over 40,000 combinations on offer.