Best Food Markets NYC
In recent years food markets have popped up all over New York, allowing hungry city dwellers and tourists alike to try multiple delicious food options in just one sitting. From ramen burgers in Williamsburg to ice cream sandwiches at Madison Square Park, these markets offer a variety that will keep you full and happy all year long! Here are our top picks for food markets to check out.
Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place
Brookfield Place | 200 Vesey Street | Financial District (FiDi)
Come for the food but stay for the views. At Hudson Eats you really can’t go wrong. Whether you want pulled pork from Mighty Quinn’s, sushi from Blue Ribbon, or a cupcake from Sprinkles, you won’t leave this place hungry. With lots of seating available in the beautiful atrium, picturesque views of the Hudson River, and many quality places to choose from, Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place is worth checking out.
Arthur Avenue Market
2344 Arthur Ave | Between Crescent Ave & East 187th St | Bronx
Located in the heart of Bronx’s famous Little Italy neighborhood, Arthur Avenue Market has been offering fresh deli meats, hand-rolled cigars and delicious gelato for decades. This market differs from the others on the list in that it is more of a gourmet Italian grocery store than a food court. But this Bronx spot is worth checking out if you’re looking to stock your fridge or just want a hearty home-cooked style Italian meal.
Tip: Go on a Saturday since more vendors will be open.
Arancini Ball with Marinara Sauce
Saturday: Fort Greene Flea | 176 Lafayette Ave
Sunday: DUMBO Flea | Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza
A haven for hipsters and ‘mainstream’ folks alike, the Brooklyn Flea is part thrift shop, part food court. After filling your tote with knick knacks you can snack on ramen burgers, thick-cut French fries, or handmade cookie ice cream sandwiches. As the weather warms up, be prepared for massive crowds of people and long lines at the food vendors. Note both the Fort Greene and DUMBO flea markets are open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
75 9th Ave | Between West 15th & 16th Streets | Chelsea
If it’s good enough for Food Network chefs, it’s good enough for home cooks and novices alike. Though it has a touristy vibe, Chelsea Market earns high marks on this list for its sheer variety of vendors. Here you can try arguably the best tacos in New York City from Los Tacos No. 1, lobster rolls and salmon burgers from the Lobster Place, and rich chocolate brownies from the Fat Witch Bakery. There isn’t a ton of seating available, but the quality (and quantity) of delicious food more than makes up for it.
Saturday: East River State Park | 90 Kent Ave at North 7th Street | Williamsburg
Sunday: Prospect Park | Breeze Hill at Lincoln Rd | Brooklyn
Arguable the most well-known of all the food markets on the list, Smorgasburg is a Brooklyn weekend staple. It was here that the ramen burger started to make a name for itself, and Frites perfected its thick-cut fries. An open-air market, Smorgasburg is probably best in late spring and early fall, although summer days make for fun outings here as well. Though it’s usually pretty packed, Smorgasburg gets high marks for its good eats and the cool neighborhood it calls home. Be sure to bring cash.
230 Park Ave | Between E 45th and 46th Streets | Midtown East
Urbanspace Vanderbilt takes high for a number of reasons: the un-touristy scene, the urban feel of the place, and, of course, the food. During the week, the lunch hour crowd can be overwhelming, since UV is in the heart of Midtown, but it’s still worth checking out. A couple of my favorites: the fried chicken sandwiches from Delaney kitchen, a chocolate shake from Hard Times Sundaes, the doughnuts from Dough, and the Thai pineapple basil ice cream from Oddfellows. Okay, I have a bit of a sweet tooth!
Madison Square Eats
5th Avenue between 24th & 25th Streets | Flatiron
If Madison Square Eats loved us as much as we love it, it would be open year-round. Only open for a month in the spring and the fall, pay this place a visit before it’s closed. No longer do you have to choose between grilled cheese, seafood, or pizza for lunch. At Madison Square Eats, you can have it all. Meltkraft, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Roberta’s are just a few vendors at this semi-annual market. It’s Spring Market usually runs for the month of May, and it will return in 2016 from September 10th through October 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.
Gotham West Market
600 11th Ave | Between W 44th and 45th Streets | Hell’s Kitchen
Set in a trendy, industrial space, this Hell’s Kitchen food court has it all: high-quality restaurants, a unique location, plenty of seating and manageable lines. Try the gooey butter cake or the ‘Salted Caramel Crack’ ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery. If you’re in a more savory mood, the sushi burrito from Uma is amazing. When you hit up Gotham West, try to go at an off-peak hour. I went around 4 PM on a Saturday and the lines were pretty short.
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