Best food markets in New York City – Beginner’s guide to NYC

Time Out Market, New York seating

It’s no secret that you can eat some of the best food in the world in New York. From $1 pizza slices to gourmet dishes at renowned Michelin-starred restaurants, the Big Apple offers meals for all budgets in every corner. There is, however, a common misconception that better meals equal higher prices. As bizarre as it might sound, you don’t necessarily have to spend most of your budget to eat well in New York.

That’s right, you can find food markets in NYC filled with stall after stall of tasty meals. Not only do you get to sample great food from a variety of cuisines, this actually comes at the fraction of a price of a restaurant! Sounds good, right? Here’s a selection of some of the best food markets in New York City to grab a bite to eat. You (and your bank account) can thank me later.

DeKalb Market Hall, Brooklyn

Chelsea Market

A favourite amongst locals and tourists alike, Chelsea Market is one of the most well-known covered markets in New York City. You can find it in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district, inside the former National Biscuit Company factory. And, if you love a good cookie, you’d be happy to know this is where Oreos and Mallomars where invented AND produced (!!!).

Since its renovation in 1997, this old industrial building is now a mix between a market and an indoor food hall where a variety of gift shops, eateries and offices coexist. On the ground floor, more than forty vendors sell everything from books, coffee and cupcakes to sushi, tacos and even lobster. Meanwhile, the top floors serve as offices to companies such as Google, YouTube and EMI Music Publishing. The best bit? Chelsea Market opens daily from early morning to late night – making it easy to stay all day and eat your way through all the different menus.

A cool fact: Chelsea Market stretches all the way from 9th to 10th Ave and between 15th and 16th St, and part of the High Line is actually built directly within the building itself.

Walking through Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market shops

Chelsea Market75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Gansevoort Market

A stone’s throw from Chelsea Market, Gansevoort Market is one of the most fashionable indoor food markets in NYC. Also in the Meatpacking District, Gansevoort Market features a rustic-industrial interior with a number of gourmet stalls with a variety of cuisines to choose from. Locally and internationally sourced products provide a range of seasonal and sustainable dishes. Whether you fancy Peruvian ceviche, chicken wings or deliciously photogenic poké bowls and tacos, this is the place to go! Although not the cheapest of food halls in New York, Gansevoort Market is definitely a great place to enjoy locally produced goods from one of its many eateries. I only wish we’d had time to go back again!

Wing Club at Gansevoort Market

Gansevoort Market vendors

Gansevoort Market | 353 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014

Turnstyle Underground Market

Lying between 57th and 58th St, just beneath 8th Ave, Columbus Circle and Central Park, Turnstyle Underground Market is undoubtedly one of the quirkiest food markets in New York City. The former underground passageway has been transformed to accommodate dozens of tempting places including independent kiosks, eateries, pop-ups and shops. Whether you’re a visitor, commuter or work nearby, Turnstyle is the perfect place to grab food on the go. A plus? You don’t need to swipe your Metro Card to get in!

Why not treat yourself to Russian dumplings by Daa! Dumpling, mini doughnuts from Doughnuttery, fresh bubble tea by Panda Bubble Tea or handheld chicken and waffles from Chick ‘n Cone?

Turnstyle Underground Market New York City

Turnstyle Underground Market1000 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Smorgasburg

Smorgasburg is by far one of the most popular all-food markets in New York. The largest weekly open-air market in America enjoys several locations across the Big Apple and is open all year round, no matter the weather. On Saturdays, visitors can grab a plate from one of the more than 100 food stalls located on the East River State Park in Williamsburg (in Brooklyn) and enjoy wonderful views of the Manhattan skyline. On Sundays, the outdoor market moves to the beautiful Prospect Park-Breeze Hill (also in Brooklyn).

At the end of the year, Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea Market combine forces to create the joint Winter Smorgasburg + Brooklyn Flea. Sheltering from the cold, they move to the Atlantic Center building, across from the Barclays Center arena, and open both Saturdays and Sundays for a weekend fun of fresh food and vintage/artisan goods. And if the above wasn’t enough, the founders of Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea also manage the Brooklyn beer and food hall Bergn’ in Crown Heights! A must visit that surely lives up to its name.

Bonus Smorgasburg: if you are visiting the West Coast, make sure you check out Smorgasburg LA. The weekday Alameda Produce Market in Downtown Los Angeles transforms into this amazing outdoor market on Sundays. You can find over sixty vendors selling delicious food, crafts and vintage clothing and antiques while pop-ups and a range of cultural events take place in the background.

Smorgasburg Williamburg East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave (at N. 7 St.), Brooklyn, NY
Smorgasburg Prospect Park – Breeze Hill | East Drive at Lincoln Rd, Brooklyn, NY
Winter Smorgasburg + Brooklyn Flea 625 Atlantic Ave (Atlantic Center), Brooklyn, NY

Time Out Market New York

Now, I’m a fan of a good ol’ Time Out Market. Why? Because this is where you find the very best eateries in town. I’m talking both traditional and quirky, all in one place. With a strategic location in the heart of Dumbo, overlooking the Hudson River and the Brooklyn Bridge, Time Out Market New York has been meticulously curated to represent the best of New York’s food and cultural scene. Spread over 2 floors, this food market contains 21 food vendors, 3 bars and even a demo cooking area (you know it’s good when you can get your hands on the dough!). And as the Time Out curators say: “If it’s great, it goes in the magazine; if it’s unmissable, it goes in the market”. This is certainly one food hall in New York City you don’t want to miss.

Time Out Market, New York sign

Time Out Market, New York sign and the Manhattan bridge

Bentos from Bessou at Time Out Market, New York

Time Out Market New York | 55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States

Urbanspace Vanderbilt

Urbanspace Vanderbilt is said to be the original food hall in NYC. With a rotating selection of more than 20 eateries, good music and plenty of seating space, this is certainly another must for food market aficionados. It’s part of the Urbanspace Management, which also includes Spitalfields and Camden Lock in London, and holiday favourites like the Union Square Holiday Market, The Lodge by Urbanspace in Bryant Park and Grand Central Holiday Fair in NY. So you know you’re in for a good one.

You can find Urbanspace Vanderbilt just around the corner from Grand Central Station – perfect if you want to kill some time while waiting for a train or are simply looking for great food in Midtown Manhattan.

Urbanspace Vanderbilt vendors

Urbanspace Vanderbilt | Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10169, United States

DeKalb Market Hall

Looking for the biggest food hall in New York? That’s right, DeKalb Market Hall brings no less than 40 culinary vendors from all over the world to this food hall in Downtown Brooklyn. From Colombian arepas and Spanish churros to Katz’s Deli’s original rye bread pastrami sandwich. This underground food market is certainly an expert when it comes to traditional and ethnic food. Plus, there’s a 7,500ft space used for a variety of entertainment events. Think culinary experts, superb dining and fun experiences under the same roof.

Katzs Deli, Brooklyn

The Flo at DeKalb Market Hall, Brooklyn

Donuts at Cafe Davignon in DeKalb Market Hall, Brooklyn

DeKalb Market Hall | 445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States

The Pennsy Food Hall

You can find The Pennsy in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, right next to Maddison Square Garden and above Penn Station. Here you’ll find food stalls serving veggie bites, gluten free goodies and plenty of options for meat and fish lovers. And, unlike the rest of the food markets here, it also comes with a (not so hidden) gem: a large outdoor beer garden! Inside, the Pennsy Bar serves delicious cocktails, wine and beer seven days a week.

Pat LaFrieda Pennsny Food Hall

Donuts at The Cinnamon Snail, Pennsny Food Hall

The Pennsy Food Hall | 2 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10121

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46 comments

  1. Jane Palmen

    All look very tasty and photos make me very hungry! Hope I can try some of these places on my next trip there!

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    1. blushrougette

      Ohhh thank you so much 🙂 Looking forward to trying all the food there with you! x

      Reply

  2. Rewarding Trips

    Why didn’t I find this post sooner?! Of the three times I’ve been to NYC, my culinary experiences there have left a LOT to be desired. I might go there next month – if I do I’ll be sure to check one or two of these out.

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    1. blushrougette

      Yes, definitely! Hope they change your perspective on NY food!x

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  3. Karen Lanzetta

    Wow, I didn’t know any of these. Will definitely check them out when we go to NYC again. Thank you!

    Karen | https://OurCarpeDiem.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you so much 🙂 x

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  4. Giana Spiteri

    I went to NYC 3 years ago and never made it to any of these! I’m dying to go back, and will deffo have to stop by Chelsea market! x

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    1. blushrougette

      Absolutely! They are a must if you are a food lover! x

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  5. Pushpanjali Roy

    I’ve been to Chelsea and Gansevoort markets but I had no idea about the remaining two. Thanks for sharing this post. I’m definitely going to check them out in coming weekends.

    Love,
    Anjali
    http://www.laughingmirror.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you! x

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  6. aisasami

    I missing eating in NYC. It’s been a long time since I traveled to NYC but I love the eateries in the Downtown area. The pizza parlors and there was all you can eat Chinese restaurant.

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    1. blushrougette

      I agree, the food in NY is INSANE! x

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  7. Britt K

    New York City is definitely high up on my bucket list, and the food that you posted looks amazing! I will have to save this so I can refer back to it down the road when we’re planning a trip.
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

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    1. blushrougette

      Awe thanks lovely! xx

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  8. Karen

    Thanks for this! I love food markets! I will have to check some of these out next time I’m in NY.

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    1. blushrougette

      Yay, definitely let me know what you think! x

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  9. Kate

    I love a good market, especially when the primary objective is food!!

    I can imagine the markets in NY are insane compared to little old Devon here in the UK but, I hope I can experience these food markets one day. It all certainly looks very exciting from a fellow foodie anyway.

    Kate | cakeandcoast.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Awe thank you for the lovely comment, Kate! I agree, nothing beats a good food market! x

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  10. Emily Underworld

    I’d love to visit New York! All of the food looks wonderful, especially the pizza!
    Emily from http://emilyunderworld.co.uk x

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you!

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  11. ellie

    New york was such a beautiful city, I wish I visited Chelsea market, I didnt realise it was so gorgeous!
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    1. blushrougette

      NY is just so beautiful and metropolitan, nowhere like it! x

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  12. Aimsy

    You can’t beat a great market, can you?! New York has loads! I would be spending all day exploring them.
    I haven’t been to New York, but I know I will be looking to visit one of these markets if I ever get the chance.
    Great post with fab photos!

    Aimsy xoxo
    https://www.aimsysantics.co.uk

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    1. blushrougette

      Totally agree, I am a sucker for a good food market! xx

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  13. Elisa

    Chelsea Market is on my bucket list! These all look so wonderful, what’s better than food and NYC?

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Aren’t they amazing? Nothing better than food! xx

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  14. Alexandra

    Great pics and useful infos! Will keep it in mind, for when I am in New York 😉

    Reply

    1. blushrougette

      Thank you! Hope you get to enjoy the food there soon! xx

      Reply

  15. The Ordinary Blogger

    I love the photography in this post!

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    1. blushrougette

      Awe thank you! xx

      Reply

  16. Lannie

    Great post and introduction to NYC markets!

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    1. blushrougette

      Thanks so much lovely! x

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  17. Janja

    I totally love food markets. It is the best thing there.

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    1. blushrougette

      Hahaha I’m with you 😛 x

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  18. Ellie

    The photos on this post are so pretty! I am looking to go to New York next spring, these food markets, especially the Chelsea one, sound amazing! X

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    1. blushrougette

      Awe thanks Ellie, hope you get to visit New York, you’ll love it! x

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  19. Aditi Kaushiva

    Didn’t get to exploring the markets when in in NYC! This makes me want to go back just for that. Do a proper food tour this time!

    Great post!

    Aditi
    http://www.aditispen.com

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    1. blushrougette

      Yes, those are the best ones! x

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  20. Elizabeth

    Chelsea Market is our absolute FAVORITE! And it’s right next to the Highline, which is our favorite place to explore in NYC. Wish we could live in Chelsea!!

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    1. blushrougette

      Hahah, I love the High Line too, such a great place for a peaceful walk around the city x

      Reply

  21. Kate Goodger

    This all looks lovely we will be perhaps going to New York later in the year so this is super helpful xxx

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    1. blushrougette

      Thank you! Hope you enjoy NY! x

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  22. Jo

    This is so informative and so many super recommendations. We didn’t manage to get to any foodie markets when we visited but I’m determined to go to some when we’re next in NYC. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. blushrougette

      Wow, thank you so much! I hope you get to go to NY soon so you can get to try all the amazing food there! x

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  23. Fi

    Great post! I visited New York last year and I swear I’ve left a piece of my heart there! Such an incredible city!
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    1. blushrougette

      It’s amazing, isn’t it? x

      Reply

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