It used to be that a complimentary continental breakfast was the pinnacle of a hotel’s amenities. But in a time when 42-inch HD flat-panel TVs, iPod docks and free wireless Internet are considered the norm, hotels can be hard-pressed to impress.
Not so with the Andaz Wall Street Hotel, which (as its names suggests) is located on Wall Street and (as its name does not suggest) will be knocking the socks off its guests (as well as anyone else who wants to come) with a farmers market to be held on its premises every Saturday from July 10 through Nov. 20.
That’s right. Guests and local residents can roll out of bed, make their way to the Andaz Hotel’s plaza at the corner of Wall and Williams, and pick up some homemade preserves for their bagel, choose from an array of fresh fruits and vegetables, and even snag some freshly laid pheasant eggs (note: eggs laid by pheasants, not by farmers) for their morning omelet.
And that’s just the beginning: Live bands will perform, and Maximo Lopez May, the executive chef at the hotel’s Wall & Walters restaurant, will lead monthly cooking classes using ingredients from the participating vendors, who are all local farmers and suppliers to the hotel.
The new farmers market couldn’t come to the Financial District at a better time, as FiDi’s Thursday night Zuccotti Park Greenmarket will be moving to Battery Park City (at South End Avenue and Liberty Street) beginning July 1. The move to BPC will allow the Greenmarket to expand from three vendors to eight, and give BPC its first official Greenmarket. Still, we didn’t relish taking away the market from our neighbors… but with the new farmers market heading to the Andaz in a couple of weeks, it seems that FiDi isn’t going to lose much green at all.