Dec 6, 2019

maman’s Espresso Chocolate Granola Bar Recipe

maman is a café and bakery bringing both sweet and savory childhood favorites of its founders. Benjamin Sormonte and Elisa Marshall, to life. Inspired by recipes from their mothers, the menu calls on cuisine from the south of France and North America. Their dishes focus on quality, locally sourced ingredients and highlight twists on classic French techniques. Whether its lavender hot chocolate, fan-favorite nutty chocolate chip cookies, or homemade soup and grilled cheese, maman is a spot to find comfort in during this cold season. 

For this week's Flatiron Foodie, maman shares their recipe for a decadent holiday treat that's a perfect pairing with a morning coffee or a sweet bite alongside any meal. The Espresso Chocolate Granola  Bar is made with a nutty, coconut granola base with a silky chocolate ganache center topped with a velvety, coffee-flavored ganache layer. Enjoy! 

maman’s Espresso Chocolate Granola Bar At-Home Recipe


Granola Base:  

  • 3 cups Gluten-free oats
  • ¾ cup Walnuts 
  • ½ cup Pecans     
  • 1 ¼ tbsp Shredded coconut
  • ½ tbsp Salt                     
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp Almond butter           
  • 2 tbsp Sunflower oil       
  • 1.5 tbsp Maple syrup     
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Coffee extract     
  • 1 ¼ tbsp Coffee grounds

Coffee Ganache:

  • 1 ¾ cup White chocolate     
  • 5 fl oz Heavy Cream
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • ½ tbsp Coffee extract

Chocolate Ganache:

  • ¾ cup Dark chocolate         
  • 1 cup Heavy cream   
  • 2 ¼ tbsp Butter         


Make the granola:

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl or the bowl of a KitchenAid, mix together all of the wet ingredients with the coffee grounds.
  3. Pour wet mixture over dry mixture and mix until everything is combined
  4. Then pour onto a sheet pan with wax paper and spread into an even layer.
  5. Bake at 300°F for 12 minutes.
  6. Stir to break up any large chunks and put back into the oven for 3 more minutes.
  7. Take out of the oven and set aside to cool. Do not refrigerate.


Assemble the Granola Bar :


Step 1: Make the granola bar base.

  1. In a bowl, mix granola with ½ cup of melted butter
  2. Pour into a 9-inch ring on a plate or sheet pan that has been lined with parchment for easy removal (make sure it can fit in your fridge or freezer).
  3. Press granola mixture into the ring with a flat, metal spatula to flatten the base. Make sure this is pressed well around the edges so that your ganache doesn't leak through the mold.
  4. Place it in the fridge for 3 hours or the freezer for 1 hour to harden.


Step 2: Make the chocolate ganache. 

  1. Melt chocolate in the microwave or with a double boiler.
  2. In a separate pot, bring heavy cream to a boil.
  3. Pour heavy cream over the melted chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  4. Cut butter into small pieces and add them into the ganache mixture.
  5. Mix until the butter is fully incorporated.
  6. Pour over the granola base.
  7. Place in the fridge for one hour or until set.


Step 3: Make the coffee ganache

  1. Melt chocolate in the microwave or with a double boiler.
  2. Bring heavy cream and coffee extract to a boil.
  3. Pour heated coffee-flavored heavy cream over the chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  4. Cut butter into small pieces and mix in butter.
  5. Pour into the 9-inch ring on top of the chocolate ganache.
  6. Spread coffee ganache to make an even layer.
  7. Place in the fridge overnight.

Lastly, decorate the slices, cut into bars or bite-size pieces, and enjoy! We like to decorate ours with drizzled chocolate and chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Pictured below: maman's Pastry Chef Jean Louis 


maman, 22 West 25th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue, @_maman_nyc

Dec 4, 2019

November News Roundup

In November, the Flatiron District embraced its first snowstorm of the season and experienced noteworthy media shout-outs highlighting new business announcements, art exhibitions, and exciting real estate developments. Stay up-to-date with the latest Flatiron District News with our monthly roundup of notable highlights.

Restaurants & Bars
  • Fancy food court operators Urbanspace are readying a new location in Midtown at 152 West 52nd Street this December with an intriguing group of newly announced vendors including a potential offshoot of Eisenberg’s — a first-ever spinoff for the 90-year-old Flatiron sandwich shop (via Eater New York)
  • Now closed Flatiron Lounge was named one of the "14 Bars That Changed Cocktails Forever in America" claiming it was a "bar of the people" cranking out an enormous volume of creative craft cocktails (via Robb Report).
  • Chef Hoyoung Kim’s first solo restaurant Jua will open in Flatiron at 36 East 22nd Street with interpretations of simple classic Korean flavors.Jua will serve a six-course menu ($95) that begins with a raw mackerel course and builds toward a duck course. The opening date yet to be announced (via Eater New York). 
  • Thanks to its rooftop igloos 230 Fifth was named one of "New York City's 11 Festive Bars & Restaurants" (via 6 sq ft).
  • OM Juice Bar opened its doors at 62 Madison Avenue. The plant-based cafe offers organic juices, smoothies, espresso drinks, and treats (via OM Juice). 
BID Businesses
  • Tech company Flatiron Health discussed their commitment to tacking diversity within the tech industry (via Built-in NYC). 
  • After two decades in Chelsea, Laughing Lotus yoga studio closed its doors to make way for two new locations in the Flatiron District and the Upper East Side. The Flatiron Studio opened its doors at 166 Fifth Avenue (via Patch).
  • Rumble Boxing's new fitness concept Rumble Training featuring group treadmill and strength training classes debuted at 49 West 23rd Street (via Rumble). 
Real Estate
  • The ticket-selling service SeatGeek's moved its company's headquarters to Flatiron with an office built for influencers featuring three carefully decorated fan bedrooms filled with finds reminiscent of '90s childhood rooms (via Business Insider).
  • Hungryroot, a plant-based meal kit delivery company moved into permanent digs in the Flatiron District at 7 West 22nd Street. Hungryroot inked a 5-year deal for 10,000 square feet (via Commercial Observer). 
  • L&L Holding Company has partnered with Standard Arts on a new public art exhibition at the base of 200 Fifth Avenue. The installation is titled “Pixel Garden” and was completed by Latin American artist Gustavo Prado (via New York YIMBY).
  • Flatiron-based company Tiffany Co. was sold for $16.2 billion to France’s LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury good company (via Chain Storage). 
Around the Neighborhood
  • Manhattan College presents a Veteran's Gallery at the Flatiron Building. Experiencing Veterans and Artists Collaboration (EVAC), an art project that was displayed at the college's Library in spring 2019, has moved into the building's pop-up space (via Manhattan College). 
  • The Flatiron Holiday Art Installation Ziggy by Hou de Sousa was named as one of the "10 

    New Public Art Installations Not To Miss in NYC," (via Untapped NewYork).


Header Photo: Pixel Garden (Photo credit: Paula Abreu Pita, Courtesy: Standard Arts, L&L Holding)
Thumbnail Photo: 230 Fifth by Eric Vasquez via PR Newswire

Dec 3, 2019

Flatiron Cheer Social Media Contest #ZiggyFlatiron

Visitors to see Ziggy Flatiron are invited to share their photos and experiences on Instagram. Images shared from public accounts, using the #ZiggyFlatiron hashtag, will be entered to win prizes from local Flatiron businesses. 

Prizes include dining gift certificates, fitness memberships and classes, tickets to performances, and much more. A winner will be picked each day of 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer from December 1st through December 23rd!  

#ZiggyFlatiron Prizes:

  • 12/1    Taim: $50 Gift Card
  • 12/2    Hill Country: $50 Gift Card
  • 12/3    Bode Yoga:  A 5 Pack of Classes
  • 12/4    Rolln  $50 Gift Card
  • 12/5    Obica $100 Gift Card
  • 12/6    Eataly Flatiron Gift Basket with a selection of premium products inside
  • 12/7    wagamama $50 Gift card
  • 12/8    The People’s Improv Theater:  Joy of Improv Class Package. The PIT’s four-week intro to improv class ($149 Value)
  • 12/9    Playday: 2 free Children’s Classes ($72 Value)  
  • 12/10   Scampi: $50 Gift Certificate
  • 12/11   Fujifilm Wonder Photoshop: A Free birthday party package (Up to $600 Value)
  • 12/12   Dancebody: A Pack of 3 Classes
  • 12/13   Poster House:  Guest passes to Poster House, a T-shirt and a Poster
  • 12/14   Apple Seeds: 1 month Playground Membership ($161 Value)
  • 12/15   Broadway Bodies: Free month of Dance Classes ($195 Value)
  • 12/16   Y7: $50 Gift Card
  • 12/17   Exhale: Gift Bag with grip socks and a free class ($54 Value)
  • 12/18   Mangia: $50 Gift Card
  • 12/19   Zucker's: Complimentary lunch for 8 people
  • 12/20   TADA!: One Day Camp giveaway
  • 12/21   Riccardo Maggiore: Beauty Package including a haircut and customized hair/scalp treatment with Owner Riccardo Maggiore. ($275 Value)
  • 12/22   SPIN: Free Party at SPIN for up to 10 people
  • 12/23   Fotocare: Photography Gift basket

How it works:

  • Take a photo with or of the installation, or at a holiday event on the Public Plaza, and post it on Instagram using #ZiggyFlatiron.
  • Accounts must be public.
  • ***Those without an Instagram account can submit through email to
  • The winner will be selected through a randomized lottery system.
  • To be entered to win the prize for that day, your photo must be posted by 5 pm. Photos posted after 5 pm will be entered to win the following day.
  • Saturday and Sunday winners will be selected on the following Monday. 

*Prizes are subject to change. Please check back and follow @FlatironNY on Instagram for the latest information*

Please visit our Holiday 2019 page for more information on all things Flatiron Cheer! 


Dec 2, 2019

Covina's Brussels Sprouts + Pear Pizza

The New American restaurant Covina is brought to us by James Beard Award-Winning husband and wife duo, Chefs Tim and Nancy Cushman. The Mediterranean inspired American menu features pasta, pizza, and wood-grilled meats. Named one of the "Coziest Hangouts in NYC" by Zaggat and one of  "12 Restaurants Perfect For Literally Everyone" by The Infatuation, the restaurant has something for everyone with an inviting atmosphere. 

Chef Tim Cushman shares his recipe for Covina's Brussels Sprouts + Pear Pizza made with a mascarpone-caramelized pear sauce and grated fontina cheese topped with a sunny-side-up egg. 

Brussels Sprouts + Pear Pizza with Mascarpone Sauce: 
  • Pizza Dough, store-bought
  • 2 cups AP Flour
  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil         
  • 2 oz Mascarpone-Pear Sauce (see recipe below) 
  • 2 oz of Fontina Cheese, grated
  • 3 oz Brussels Sprouts, leaves only (see recipe)
  • 2 oz Ripe Pears, Bartlett or Forelle (roughly 10 ¼” slices, seeds and stem discarded)
  • 3 grams Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 Egg, large
  • Mascarpone-Pear Sauce:                             
    • 4 Ripe Pears, Bartlett or Forelle, peeled, quartered, seeds and stem discarded
    • 1 lb Marscapone             
    • 1 tbsp Grapeseed Oil   
Proof Pizza Dough 
  1. Place olive oil on a baking tray or large plate, add your pizza dough, and gently coat in the olive oil on all sides to prevent sticking. Cover baking tray or plate with plastic wrap.  Proof pizza dough by leaving at room temperature for 4 hours prior to cooking, or until the dough has doubled in size.
Pizza Toppings & Sauce
  1. Brussels sprouts & pears:
    1. Using a small paring knife, remove the core (stem end) of the brussels sprouts and discard. Gently separate the leaves and set aside.
    2. Peel and slice roughly 10 ¼” inch pear slices. Set aside for topping. 
    3. Mascarpone-pear sauce:
      1. Peel and quarter-slice 4 pears. 
      2. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat for 3 min, until hot. 
      3. Add the grapeseed oil, then carefully add quartered pears. Allow the pears to sear and caramelize. Turn over once the first side is lightly browned. Cook until all sides are browned and the pears have softened slightly, about 5min. Remove pears from heat and allow to cool. 
      4. Place caramelized pears in a blender, along with the mascarpone, and puree until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Set aside. 
Build Your Pizza
  1. Turn your oven on to the highest temperature. This will vary depending on your home oven, but 500F or higher is preferable. Place a pizza pan on the bottom rack, close oven, and allow to heat for 1 hour while you prepare all ingredients. 
  2. Prepare your pizza dough.  Place the 2 cups of flour on a large plate. Very gently transfer your pizza dough to the flour, turning to completely coat in flour. Grab a pinch of flour and lightly dust a pizza peel, or an inverted sheet tray, to prevent sticking when transferring the dough into the oven. 
  3. Stretch your dough. (Do this step close to the pizza’s assembly). Transfer the floured dough onto a work surface.  Using your fingers, gently push air from the center of the dough toward the outside, leaving a ½” “ring” around the outside of the dough. This will become the pizza crust.  Once the center of the dough has flattened and the crust has formed, begin stretching your pizza dough.  Pick the dough up off the work surface, holding the top edge with both hands, allowing the bottom edge to touch the work surface. Carefully move your hands around the edges of the dough, allowing gravity to gently pull and stretch the dough.  Continue moving your hands around the edge, holding the dough in the air, allowing the weight of the dough to stretch it into roughly a 10” round. Don’t pull or stretch or use force, just let gravity do the work, and be as gentle as possible to keep as much air inside your dough as possible.
  4. When the pizza dough is fully stretched, transfer it to the floured pizza peel or inverted sheet tray.
  5. Try and work quickly to prevent the dough from drying out or sticking to the work surface. 
  6. Add the mascarpone-pear sauce using a ladle or the back of a spoon to gently spread it evenly across the surface of the pizza.  
  7. Add the grated fontina cheese across the pizza. Add your brussels sprout leaves and ¼” pear slices.
  8. Open the oven and gently slide the prepared pizza onto your pizza pan. Close oven and set timer for 4 min. When the timer goes off, gently crack an egg into the center of the pizza.  Close oven door and set timer for 2 min. 
  9. When the timer goes off, turn your oven broiler on at its highest temperature. Transfer your pizza pan to the broiler for 2 min and then remove the pizza pan from the oven. 
  10. Your pizza should be nicely browned and charred, and the egg should have set whites and a runny yolk.
  11. Slide the pizza onto a cutting board, and garnish with grated parmesan cheese. Slice into 8 slices and serve immediately. 


Pizza Photo Credit Above: Jen May 
Pictured below is Covina's Executive Chef Tim Cushman (Photo Credit: Erik Jacobs): 


 Covina, 127 East 27th Street, between Park & Lexington Avenues, (212) 204-0225, @covina_nyc

Nov 22, 2019

Give Locally on #GivingTuesday

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, our thoughts are also with those in need, and we look for ways to give back in the local community. #GivingTuesday, the largest single day of charitable giving, is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. You can join in the spirit of giving by donating to local Flatiron nonprofit organizations on #GivingTuesday and throughout the holiday season. Below we’ve rounded up a list of nonprofits based in Flatiron to consider supporting this year.  


New Alternatives for Children
Be a hero for kids right here in our community who need your help. NAC was founded in 1982 on the belief that every child deserves a safe, nurturing home and a bright future.
The 7 Days of NAC launches on Giving Tuesday.  Click HERE to donate. 

Pencil strives to bring together business professionals, educators, and students to open eyes, open minds, and open doors. Pencil makes it easy for business professionals, educators and students to work together in schools & the workplace, through in-school partnerships, mentoring, internships, and immersive experiences.
Click HERE to donate.

New Leaders
New Leaders’ mission is to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed.
Click HERE to donate.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is an organization for families addressing every aspect of substance use and addiction, from prevention to recovery.
Click HERE to donate.

Change for Kids
Change for Kids provides critical support, experiences, and access so kids in New York City public schools can overcome inequity and reimagine their possibilities.
Click HERE to donate.

Arts for All
Arts For All offers accessible artistic opportunities to children in the New York City area who face socio-economic, physical, or emotional barriers to exploring the arts.
Click HERE to donate.

Solar1’s mission is to design and deliver innovative education, training, and technical assistance that fosters sustainability and resiliency in diverse urban environments. We empower learning that changes the way people think about energy, sustainability, and resilience by engaging and educating a diverse set of stakeholders and beneficiaries. Our programs help individuals and communities explore new ways of living and working that are more adaptive to a changing world.
Click HERE to donate.

Center for Book Arts 
The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center is embracing redefining and challenging itself as they champion book art, artists, and enthusiasts.
Click HERE to donate.


P Flag
PFLAG NYC — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People — is the founding chapter of PFLAG, the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Click HERE to donate.

MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that partners with community-based women's groups worldwide facing war and disaster. Their mission is to advance women’s human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to the crises women face.
Click HERE to donate.

Do Something is a digital platform powering offline action, mobilizing young people to sign up for a volunteer, social change, or civic action campaign to make real-world impact on a causes they care about.
Click HERE to donate.

Community Service Society
The Community Service Society of New York (CSS) is an informed, independent, and unwavering voice for positive action on behalf of more than 3 million low-income New Yorkers
Click HERE to donate.

Adapt Community Network
ADAPT Community Network is the leading human service not-for-profit and a pioneer in providing cutting edge programs and services for people with disabilities
Click HERE to donate.


Thrifty Hog—Hearts of Gold
Working in partnership with homeless mothers and their children, Hearts of Gold helps them create positive, sustainable change in their lives under three umbrella objectives: Stabilize, Support, and Sustain.
Click HERE to donate.

Urban Pathways
As a data-driven and innovative leader, Urban Pathways ensures that homeless and at-risk New Yorkers have the housing, services and support they need to be self-sufficient.
Click HERE to donate.

The Partnership is also hosting a food drive to benefit individuals living without shelter in and around Flatiron in collaboration with Urban Pathways. To donate money specifically to our holiday food drive click HERE

The Bridge Fund
The mission of The Bridge Fund is to prevent homelessness for vulnerable, working poor individuals and families who are threatened with the loss of their housing, but often do not qualify for emergency government assistance.
Click HERE to donate.

Housing Works Thrift Shops
Donations to Housing Works, which can include items to be sold in their various retail locations, help fund their mission to provide lifesaving services to homeless, low-income and marginalized men, women, and youth.
Click HERE to donate.


Latino Commission on AIDS
The Latino Commission on AIDs formed in 1990 in response to the critical, unmet need for HIV prevention and care for Latinos. They spearhead health advocacy for Latinos, promoting HIV education, developing model prevention programs for high-risk communities, and by building capacity in community organizations.
Click HERE to donate.

Friends Without a Border
Friends Without A Border, helps promote sustainable solutions to health care in developing countries, primarily Laos and Cambodia, through the model of “Treatment + Education + Prevention”
Click HERE to donate.


National Resources Defense Council
NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.
Click HERE to donate.

New York City Audubon
New York City Audubon champions nature in the City’s five boroughs through a combination of engaging and entertaining programs and innovative conservation campaigns.
Click HERE to donate.

Madison Square Park Conservancy
Madison Square Park Conservancy’s mission is to protect, nurture, and enhance Madison Square Park, a dynamic seven-acre public green space, creating an environment that fosters moments of inspiration.
Click HERE to donate.



Nov 22, 2019

Small Businesses Saturday, Nov 30th: Shop Small in Flatiron

Small Business Saturday is an opportunity to show love to small businesses during the holiday shopping season!  We're collaborating with businesses across the district to offer special deals, in addition to a neighborhood-wide photo scavenger hunt. 

When small businesses succeed, we all do. 

Bourke Street Bakery15 East 28th Street, 917-675-6394
Head over to the Australian bakery and cafe to enjoy artisanal bread, cakes, and pastries. 

  • 15% off Bourke Street's Brunch menu when you mention Small Business Saturday.
  • Stop in between 7 am and 8 am and say “Small Business Saturday” to grab a free Bread tote bag. This tote gives you entry to Bourke Street Bakery’s bread club, so every time you come in with the tote you get 10% off freshly baked bread.

The Churchill Tavern45 East 28th Street, (646) 476-8419
The English-themed Churchill Tavern is offering a complimentary drink with any entree until 4 pm. 

Flatiron Wines929 Broadway, (212) 477-1315
Step into Flatiron Wines for a Small Business Saturday wine tasting and enjoy 15% off the wines featured in the tasting.

Honeybrains, 34 West 22nd Street, (917) 472-7682
The newly opened cafe focused on brain health is offering complimentary juice shots with the purchase of any salad, sandwich, or bowl (view menu).  

INSCAPE, 45 West 21st Street
Inscape is a meditation studio and wellness shop. Take advantage of 20% off all meditation services and retail products like essential oils, calming teas, and candles. 

maman, 22 West 25th Street, (646) 838-0700
The French cafe and bakery is offering 15% off when you mention "Flatiron." Grab a cup of hot chocolate and a nutty chocolate chip cookie (an Oprah fav) as you shop, or gift some maman swag like a cookie scented candle or hidden-bunny mug.

Poster House, 119 West 23rd Street, (917) 722-2439
Step inside the country's first museum dedicated to posters for the following deals:

  • 20% off all purchases at the Poster House Shop. A special selection of products related to the exhibit will be on sale for 50% off. (Double Discounts not available).
  • Enjoy a FREE coffee or tea with the purchase of the museum's in-house cafe's original treats when you mention "Small Business Saturday" (view menu).  

Silver Mirror Facial Bar, 20 West 22nd Street, (212) 702-8742
Treat yourself or a loved one to some pampering. Silver Mirror is offering a free Add-On ($35 Value) with the purchase of a 50-minute facial service or gift certificate. Use/mention promo-code FLATIRONSBS.  

sundays nail studio, 51 East 25th Street, (646) 998-5711
Stop by the nail studio on Small Business Saturday for 20% off all services and products like sundays' selection of non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free formula nail polishes. 

Wine & Spirits Market, 676 6th Avenue, (212) 206-7900
The shop will host a special tasting with several wines throughout the day. Enjoy 15% off featured wines. American Express customers will receive an additional 5% off for a 20% discount. 

WTHN, 20 West 22nd Street, (646) 558-9846
The acupuncture studio and herbal shop is offering 25% off all boutique offerings like various herbal supplements, face rollers, and ear seed kits.   

To support businesses on Small Business Saturday,
Lyft is offering shoppers 20% of two rides to and from the district. Download the app or apply code SBSFLATIRON. This offer is valid for new and existing Lyft users. Max savings of $5 per ride.

Flatiron District Digital Scavenger Hunt

Add some photo fun to your holiday shopping around the neighborhood with our digital scavenger hunt on Saturday, November 30. 
Participants will be entered to win a $50 gift card to a participating business of his/her choice.

Here’s how to play:

  1. Attend the #ShopSmall in Flatiron Facebook Event.
  2. On November 30th, find and photograph Small Business Saturday swag, in the Flatiron District, in at least five different businesses throughout the neighborhood. Click here for a map to guide you. Look out for welcome mats, balloons, tote bags, signs, or stickers.
  3. On Saturday, November 30th, post all five pictures at the same time to the event wall. Photos must be posted on November 30th.
  4. OR enter via a public Instagram account by posting all five photos on November 30th with the hashtag #ShopSmall and tag @FlatironNY.
  5. Not on social media, have a private page, or a little shy on social? Email your five photos to

A winner will be chosen at random to win. One entry per account. Open to US residents only.

Nov 21, 2019

Harding's Fried Chicken Sandwich Recipe

Housed in a turn-of-the-century printing press building, Harding's is an upscale restaurant that pays tribute to classic America with antiques and historical items enlivening the space. Their menu celebrates America’s culinary heritage with dishes like grilled Whole Atlantic Branzini, a BLT Sandwich with House - Smoked Bacon, "down-home” desserts like warm apple crisp with moonshine ice cream.  

Executive Chef Joel Zaragoza shares the recipe for a classic: Fried Chicken Sandwich. Harding's Tennessee-styled sandwich rests on toasted brioche buns, smothered in a tangy hot sauce, and topped with a tasty slaw and butter pickles. Try your hands at making this sandwich staple from scratch this holiday season.

Harding’s Fried Chicken Sandwich (serves 2)

Fried Chicken


  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • Fryer Oil (Canola or Vegetable)


  1. Slice chicken horizontal and then vertical creating 4 pieces (approximately 4 ounces each).
  2. Whisk flour and seasoning in a bowl. Pour buttermilk into another bowl. Working with 1 piece at a time, dredge chicken in flour mixture, shaking off any excess, and then dip in buttermilk. Dredge in flour mixture, shaking off excess, a second time. 
  3. Pour oil into a large heavy skillet to a depth of 1/2-inch. Prop deep-fry thermometer in oil so the bulb is submerged. Heat over medium heat until thermometer registers 350°.
  4. Place chicken pieces in the skillet. Cook until golden brown.  Pull and let them rest on a paper towel or cooling rack so that excess oil drips off.



  • ¼  cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle pepper powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground Cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar 
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½  teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½  teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup clover honey


  1. Melt the butter slowly over low heat.
  2. Gently mix in the sugar, and then the rest of the dry ingredients.
  3. Add honey. As the honey melts and bubbles begin to form, turn off the heat.
  4. Lastly, add apple cider vinegar and mix well.


Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. 

  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups thinly sliced cabbage
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Garlic Clove Minced
  • 1 lime

Sandwich Assembly


  • 2 Brioche Burger Buns
  • Bread and butter pickles
  • Fried Chicken 
  • Prepared Sauce 
  • Prepared Slaw 


  1. Toast the buns.
  2. Lay two pieces of chicken.
  3. Smoother in the sauce.
  4. Top with slaw.
  5. Add 3-5 sliced butter pickles.
  6. Add a little more sauce and cap it with the bun top. 

Pictured Below: Harding's Executive Chef Joel Zaragoza.


Nov 20, 2019

“23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” Begins December 1st

The Flatiron Partnership is excited to announce its annual "23 Days of Flatiron Cheer" holiday programming  complete with hot beverage giveaways, a prize wheel featuring gifts from local businesses, tote bags with discounts for holiday shopping, free winter wellness workout classes, a social media contest. performances and activities, and holiday walking tours.The free holiday program runs from December 1st through 23rd. 

The program begins Sunday, December 1st with our Holiday-Themed History Tour at 11am. The walking tour takes place rain or shine and meets at the tip of the Flatiron Building. No registration required. 

Click here for a printable calendar of 'Cheer' events, December 1st - 23rd. 

Sponsors and Program Partners
Ziggy and the accompanying programming “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” is made possible with generous support from Presenting Sponsor Meringoff Properties and Contributing Sponsor 212 Fifth Avenue.

Please visit our Holiday 2019 page for more information on all things Cheer! 


Nov 20, 2019

Off-Hour Deliveries Program

The Off-Hour Deliveries (OHD) Program encourages goods delivery during the off-peak hours of 7 pm to 6 am in efforts to decrease congestion and truck emission

Due to the success of the OHD pilot program, NYCDOT is now seeking additional carriers and receivers to rethink their delivery schedule and shift to off-hour deliveries. The Off-Hour Deliveries Program is intended to increase the number of deliveries between 7 pm and 6 am in areas with high pedestrian volumes and limited curb space.

Delivery trucks and commercial vehicles are critical to the economic vitality of New York City (NYC), a population of 8.5 million. Without efficient freight transportation, retail stores would not have goods to sell, restaurants would have nothing to serve, offices would have no supplies, contractors would have difficulty building, and waste would remain on the sidewalk. Between 2010 and 2015, NYC added more than 370,000 residents and 520,000 jobs. Approximately 97,000 trucks and commercial vehicles cross NYC boundaries each day, 25,000 moving to and from Manhattan. That’s a lot of traffic during the busiest parts of the day. As NYC’s population continues to grow, the demand for freight transportation will also increase, resulting in more trucks on the road.

Off Hour Delivery Pilot

In 2009 and 2010, DOT worked with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and a group of stakeholders and research partners to implement the Off-Hour Truck Delivery Pilot program, funded by USDOT. Participants agreed to shift their delivery windows to between 7 pm and 6 am. 

Businesses listed the following benefits from the Off Hour Delivery program:

  • More time to focus on customers clients
  • Fewer nnormal business hours deliveries
  • Staff is more productive
  • No waiting for deliveries during a 4-6 hour delivery window

 Off Hours Delivery Pilot Report

Get Involved

NYC DOT is looking for additional partners for increased Off-Hour Deliveries (OHD) throughout NYC. We are ready to provide support and assistance to companies and organizations transitioning to OHD. We would also like to hear from truck and delivery equipment providers and manufacturers who have equipment that could reduce noise during the delivery process.

Please visit the program website to sign up.

If you have additional questions, email or call the Office of Freight Mobility. Someone from their team will be in touch with you shortly. 

Phone: (212) 839-6670


 Photo via NYC DOT



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