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3 must-try weekend eats: A BBQ window, Spam fest, UrbanSpace Vanderbilt

Our three must-try restaurants include the weekends-only Fort Gansevoort BBQ, an all-Spam menu at Zeppelin Hall and Grand Central's new permanent food hall, UrbanSpace Vanderbilt.


The opening days of the new Grand Central-adjacent food hall UrbanSpace Vanderbilt were not without hiccups, but any project that brings food worth eating to Midtown should be applauded. Try it this weekend, when you’re not competing with office workers to get a taste of Roberta’s pizzas, niche brews by Toby’s Estate Coffee, a veggie version of No. 7 Sub, Amali brings its Mediterranean eats and wine list (and what you need in this weather is one of their rosé ice pops), plus tacos, a raw bar, treats by Ovenly and more.


Expect a New York touch to the barbecue coming out of the newFort Gansevoort BBQ, which launches this weekend at 6 Little W. 12th St. Consisting of a take-away window, the restaurant smokes its meats on-site and follows the trend of small, specialized menus with just four items: pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwiches, mesquite-smoked Buffalo wings and baby back ribs. We’re also intrigued because pitmaster Franco V is a bit of a Ron Swanson type who also makes furniture and DJs. (He’s also proven his barbecue mettle catering receptions at the next-door Gansevoort Gallery.) One thing to know: They’re only serving Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m. until “the food runs out.”

Look, I love the PATH as much as the next person, which is to say I don’t send you to New Jersey lightly. But this weekend, in addition to Oktoberfest revelry, Zeppelin Hall is serving a whole menu of Spam-centric dishes. Chef Franco Robazetti is cooking up 10 versions of everyone’s (okay, maybe just Hawaii’s) favorite canned meat product like a Spamento Chili Relleno, a Spamburger and, in the spirit of the ongoing food holiday, a German Spamwich; pair them with one of the beer hall’s 50 brews on tap. If you’re sticking around until 9 p.m. on Saturday, catch country singer Nikki Briar.

 

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