Never make the mistake of thinking the term ‘food Hall’ in NYC equates in any way to the bland and boring food halls you find in malls right across the nation. Because any ‘food hall’ in NYC is going be as upscale, innovative and impressive as everything else in this city.
When NYC does a food hall it will never be less than a foodie’s paradise and instead of having to choose the least worst option, you will be paralyzed by the sheer range and quality of fabulous food on offer in one place. It’s always advisable to enter one not having eaten for some time so you can try as many of the enticing food options as possible before being totally full.
Homage needs to be paid to the food halls that have been around the longest, like Eataly and Chelsea Market, and also to Smorgasburg, the weekend foodie market in Brooklyn. These places pioneered the concept of a rotating roster of inspired food vendors who serve up sublime food. All of the most recent food halls draw on the Smorgasburg concept to some extent and sometimes include the same vendors who are no longer beginners but are now into being well accepted and reliable vendors of extraordianry food. Thanks to Gothamist for their great list of NYC food halls that I’ve plundered to draw up my list.
EATALY at 200 Fifth Avenue Flatiron, will soon be opening at a second location near the W.T.C helping to cement Lower Manhattan’s burgeoning reputation as a foodie paradise. Think everything Italian when you go into Eataly, fresh pasta, superb coffee, great bread, innovative pizzas and of course Nutella. In the video you will see just how varied their offerings are.
CHELSEA MARKET at 75 Ninth Avenue btw 15th & 16th Street, Meatpacking District. It has great bread, terrific bakeries and endless food choices to buy and take home and cook yourself, or if already cooked to heat up later. Awesome cheeses, wonderful lobster and other fish and crustaceans and lots and lots of artisanal groceries and wine to die for. As well as ready to eat options of course.
GANSEVOORT MARKET 52 Gansevoort St btw Greenwich and Washington Streets in the West Village. Great lineup of vendors with great gelato, pizza, pastries, tacos, crepes and withChinese and Mediterranean and Latin choices on offer as well.
BERG’N operating out of a Brooklyn Beer Hall at 899 Bergen Street btwn Classon and Franklin Sts, Crown Heights. This is a love child of Smorgasburg and is operated by the same people. Excellent vendors starting with Asia dogs, Pizza Moto, Ramen Burgers and more. The vibe at this place is so cool it’s chilly until you get stuck into the great food and beer. Basically it’s hangout for everybody who is part of the Brooklyn vanguard in any area of endeavor you want to think of. Highly recommended.
URBANSPACE VANDERBILT in Grand Central at 230 Park Ave. Think King Kong Street Cart, Delaney chicken, Takumi Taco and for good measure the renowned Roberta’s Pizza. It is very, very busy at peak commute times.
HUDSON EATS in Brookfield Place at 225 Liberty Street, 2nd level. Some excellent vendors starting with Black Seed Bagel, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar, Umani Burger, Mighty Quinn’s Smoked Brisket, everything in fact to keep all the Wall street types operating at peak efficiency. Though everyone who goes to Lower Manhattan these days seems to gravitate to Hudson Eats.
GOTHAM WEST MARKET at 600 11th Avenue btwn 44th & 45th Streets, in Hell’s Kitchen. Come off the end of the Highline and go here for a feed or take a break after a run along the Hudosn River. For starters they have coffee aristocracy here, Blue Bottle coffee is on order and as well there’s great salads from Indie Fresh and very good burgers and Tacos you can buy from a Volkswagon parked in the Market. Very trendy, like all the good food halls are.
THE PLAZA FOOD HALL at 1 W 59th St downstairs in the Plaza Hotel, a very upscale food hall with lots of gourmet food items beloved by NYC foodies. And as well there is Luke’s Lobster, Lady M, La Maison du Chocolat and Sushi Garu. If you want to impress New York visitors take them here.
CITY KITCHEN 700 8th Ave at 44th Street, Theater District Midtown. Great ramen from Kuro Obi, terrific pretzels from Woolleys and Sigmund’s and donuts at dough. And there’s sushi, tacos etc. It’s small but has great food. Excellent palce to eat before you hoit a Broadway Show.