If you love trying new foods but find it hard to explore tons of different restaurants, NYC’s food halls are the perfect option for you.
And luckily, over the past few years, food halls and markets have become all the rage in the city. While many of them focus on regionally specific cuisine, others offer a breadth of options ranging from burgers to sushi to tacos to pasta.
This list of 10 food halls covers a bit of everything. Check ’em out below!
1. Eataly, Flatiron & Battery City
In the mood for Italian? Eataly is your place. This restaurant/marketplace is your one-stop shop for both beautiful meals as well as quality Italian products like olive oil, pasta and coffee among other things. Now weith two locations in NYC, enjoy LAVAZZA cafes for coffee, pizza and panini stations, fresh pasta classes, gelato stations and much more. That’s amore!
Where: 200 Fifth Avenue; 4 World Trade Center, 101 Liberty St. Fl. 3
When: Open daily, 9am–11pm (Flatiron); 7am-11pm (Downtown)
2. Industry City Food Hall & Japan Village, Brooklyn
The new hottest spot in NYC, Industry City, Brooklyn, made headlines when it first opened for its “Japan Village” food hall with ramen, sushi, onigiri and a mini Sunrise Mart. That’s still fantastic, but now they have another entire food hall in a separate building, still within the Industry City complex. It includes stalls from the world’s first all-avocado bar, Avocaderia, to Kotti Berliner Doner Kebab, serving the first-ever Berliner doner kebab in NYC.
Where: 220 36th Street Suite #2-A, Brooklyn
When: Hours vary, see their website for more.
3. Le District, Battery City
Like Eataly, but the French version! Le District offers delicious French-inspired food and products as well as a fresh grocery store. It’s divided into the Market District with fresh meats and cheeses, Garden District, and Cafe District with coffee, pastries and a crepe station, plus there are four different restaurants depending on your mood/style.
Where: 225 Liberty Street
When: Vary depending on where in the hall you’re looking to go to. See more on their website here.
4. Chelsea Market, Meatpacking
#4 and #5 on this list are two completely separate halls, but they are located practically right across the street from each other! Chelsea Market spans one whole city block, and boasts more than 35 vendors selling everything from soup to nuts, wine to coffee, cheese to cheesecake.
Where: 75 9th Avenue between 15th and 16 Streets
When: Monday to Saturday: 7am to 2am, Sunday: 8am to 10pm
5. Gansevoort Market, Meatpacking
Gansevoort Market is one of New York’s oldest and most historic markets. Founded in 1884 as a farmers market, the space eventually expanded to sell meat and dairy products, lending itself to its present day layout which includes various vendors of a wide range of foods.
Where: 353 West 14th Street
When: Open daily, 7am-9pm
Mercado Little Spain in a “love letter to Spain,” inspired by European markets with kiosks boasting bocatas, empanadas, churros, meats and cheeses, and much more.
Where: 10 Hudson Yards
When: Daily, 7am-11pm
The new Deco Food + Drink Hall comes from business maven Doris Huang, who noticed how the area didn’t have many options for food and drink when she worked there. The design of the stunning food hall was inspired by the 1920s Art Deco period, “channeling the energy and color of the Jazz Age and The Great Gatsby,” the website reads.
It offers coffee and breakfast options in the morning, lunch in the middle of the work day (grab-and-go or sit down), and after hours drinks and small bites. As far as vendors, Huang puts an emphasis on local, mom-and-pop-style joints from all boroughs of the city.
Where: 231 West 39th St.
When: Monday-Friday 7am-3pm, Saturday 8am-3pm
8. Urbanspace, Multiple Locations
Urbanspace is an “immersive” pubic market that focuses on creating community through food. The Vanderbilt and 570 Lexington locations focus on artisanal, chef-driven food concepts. Plus now there’s a location in Midtown!
Where: Multiple locations, see their website here.
When: Varies, see website.
Anchored below Essex Crossing, the Market Line is a 15,000-square-foot food hall with 30 local vendors. The space is connected to the historic Essex Street Market—which relocated from its original corner of the LES in 2019. The Essex Market functions as a “Grocery Store” of sorts for locals, and is home to the historic market’s 21 longtime vendors in addition to more than a dozen new vendors and restaurants. Once completed it will host about 140 vendors and restaurants!
But for now the open section offers enough vendors to keep us busy until the 2021 completion with stalls for Nom Wah, Veselka, Pickle Guys, Kuro Obi, Cafe Grumpy, and the Doughnut Plant among others
Where: 115 Delancey St.
When: Daily, 7am-1am
DeKalb is known for a few things, but quite possibly the most important is their offshoot of Katz’s Deli. Of course, that’s not all they have to offer. 40 locally-owned Brooklyn vendors are showcased at this enormous food hall. Think sushi, arepas, ice cream, coffee and even specialty pickles. They’ve got it all!
Where: 445 Albee Square West, Brooklyn
When: Open daily, 7 am – 10 pm
And don’t forget about the three-story Korean Food Hall in Midtown and the giant International Food Hall in Astoria coming later in 2020!
Featured image source: Urbanspace.com