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What to eat now: 4 foods to welcome spring in NYC

Farmers market radishes
Farmers market radishes
La Grande Farmers' Market, flickr

As farmers markets gear up for the warmer seasons, get the first taste of spring produce with these deals for seasonal specialties.

Radish: Radish is at its crispiest and sweetest in the spring, and what better place to try it than at the farm-to-table Fat Radish in Lower East Side. The Fat Radish Plate, packed with savory vegetables, will fill you up with seasonal delights. Try the lighter version, The Fat Radish Bowl, with a lunch deal offering two entrees, a shared snack and two drinks for $35, regularly $59.

Mint: Mint thrives in the spring, and we thrive when sipping a hand-muddled mint mojito while taking in rooftop views of the Manhattan skyline. Visit Haven Rooftop at the Sanctuary Hotel and save 50% with a happy-hour deal offering two appetizers and four cocktails for $45.

Arugula: This peppery, leafy green is at its peak taste in the spring, before warm weather makes it flower and turn bitter. Pair a light arugula salad with savory Wagyu beef carpaccio, parmesan cheese and lemon (also a top spring produce). This dish is available on a specialty-menu dinner deal at The Carlyle, an elegant institution on the Upper East Side.

Strawberries: Strawberries are grown from January-November, and they will soon hit their peak season in April. Celebrate with a spinach salad loaded with strawberries, goat cheese, almonds and balsamic vinaigrette at East Village’s Cacio e Vino, where an appetizer and drink deal is now 50% off.