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 the Big Apple.
In fact, you can find food markets filled with stall after stall of tasty meals all over NYC. 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. Sam and I are always up for a good food market and, luckily for us, London is teeming with them. As is natural, our American cousins across the Atlantic have the same idea and we were happy to find some incredibly delicious food halls among the hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps. Here’s a selection of some of the best food markets in New York City to grab a bite to eat.
A favourite amongst locals and tourists alike, Chelsea Market is one of NYC’s most well-known covered markets, located in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Set up in the former National Biscuit Company factory – inventor and producer of Oreos and Mallomars – Chelsea Market stretches all the way from 9th to 10th Ave and between 15th and 16th St, with part of the High Line built directly within the building itself!
Since its renovation back in 1997, this old industrial building is now a mix between a market and a indoor food hall where a variety of gift shops, eateries and offices coexist. More than forty vendors on the ground floor sell everything from postcards, books, coffee, cupcakes and ice cream to sushi, tacos and even lobster! While the top floors serve as offices to companies such as Google, YouTube, EMI Music Publishing and MLB.com. The lower level has recently been designated to the popular Chelsea Local, a mecca for fresh food and produce with shops including the Manhattan Fruit Market, Dickson’s Farmstand Meats and Saxelby Cheesemongers. This popular market opens daily from early morning to late night – making it easy to stay there all day and eat our way through all the different menus.
Chelsea Market | 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
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 Belgian waffles, Peruvian ceviche, Korean fried chicken or deliciously photogenic lobster rolls and garlic nots, this is the place to go! Although not the cheapest 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!
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. 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. The best bit is, 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 fast casual vegan food by Blossom Du Jour?
Turnstyle Underground Market | 1000 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019
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 (Brooklyn) and enjoy wonderful views of the Manhattan Skyline. On Sundays, the outdoor market moves to the beautiful Prospect Park-Breeze Hill in Brooklyn. On the same day, the weekday Alameda Produce Market in Downtown Los Angeles opens its doors for Smorgasburg LA! The latter counts on 65 vendors selling delicious food, crafts and vintage clothing and antiques while pop-ups and a range of cultural events take place in the background.
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.
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
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