The Best Food Markets in NYC

These days NYC is filled with never-ending skyscrapers, full sidewalks, and streets filled with honking taxis. There’s always something going on all over New York, especially in Midtown, Manhattan. This part of the city attracts countless tourists daily to some of New York City’s finest attractions such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. With so many sightseeing opportunities, you need to know where to find the best eats, and that’s where food markets in NYC come in.

You can either go to one of the city’s many fine restaurants or to one of the many food markets. If you can’t decide what you want to eat, then a food market is the perfect place to go to. What I like about these spots is the combination of brilliant vendors, great design, and very good food. The food is from all over as well, from street vendors to high-end food. This list will inform you of the best food markets in New York City.

1. EATALY at One World Trade Center & Flatiron

visitors eating and drinking

A really great food market in NYC is EATALY, which is made up of EAT (Essen) and Italy (Italy). As you can see, it’s all about Italian food. If you’re near Madison Square Park and Flatiron, look no further and check out the EATALY in the area. There are 4 small restaurants and the espresso is amazing. Then there is a second branch at the 9/11 Memorial with a direct view of the One World Trade Center. We visited both and both were great.

2. Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards

Mercado Little Spain
This NYC food hall at Hudson Yards is a concept space created by Chef José Andrés, focusing on Spanish cuisine (as the name suggests). At Mercado Little Spain you can either buy Spanish food, eat at one of the many food vendors or dine in the three restaurants. After you’re done shopping at Hudson Yards, this food hall is the perfect spot to go to.

3. Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District

Chelsea Market
Hardly any other city in the world has as much food to offer as New York City. It’s known as the melting pot of a wide range of cuisines around the globe. Chelsea Market offers its guests many options when it comes to food and is considered one of the best food markets in NYC.

The building was once a biscuit factory and was the place where Oreos were invented. Today you will find bakeries, wine merchants, a fish shop, sushi bars, a butcher’s shop with a steak restaurant and much more.

4. Smorgasburg Food Market in Williamsburg

Smorgasburg in Williamsburg
Williamsburg‘s Smorgasburg Food Market is one of New York City’s popular open-air food markets, which open up during the warmer months. Here you can eat, drink and enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline on the East River Waterfront. Smorgasburg means “a mix of food” and offers a huge selection of small stalls that offer the most delicious delicacies from the area.

Meanwhile, the Smorgasburg Food Markets are also available at Hudson Yards, World Trade Center and Prospect Park in Brooklyn. During the winter, Smorgasburg opens up on 25 Kent Ave in Williamsburg. 2019 is the first year in this location.

5. DeKalb Market Hall in Brooklyn

Dekalb Food Hall
New York is constantly adding new food markets. Not far from the Brooklyn Bridge in the basement of City Point, Brooklyn, the multi-cultural borough comes with a bunch of food options. One great place is DeKalb Market Hall. One of New York’s largest food hall has so far brought together 40 different local vendors, making the area near Jay Street Metro Tech subway station a culinary highlight.

6. City Kitchen in Times Square

City Kitchen
City Kitchen is Midtown’s answer to the other popular food markets in New York City. Finally, you don’t have to travel long distances for a decent food market. You don’t have to go to Williamsburg for Smorgasburg, to Hell’s Kitchen to Gotham West Market, or to the Meatpacking District for Chelsea Market. If you’re staying in Midtown then City Kitchen is the spot to be. The idea came from joining The Row’s Times Square hotel, whose top priority is to give the guest a real New York feel.

7. Gotham West Market at Hell’s Kitchen

There are many different influences in the food industry.  Another great food market resides along the High Line. It’s called Gotham West Market. This spot is one of my favorites. It’s not overcrowded, I like the design and the food is so varied that it’s difficult to choose (in a good way, of course). You can find this food market at the northern end of the High Line.

8. Urbanspace Food Markets in NYC

Urbanspace Midtown
Midtown’s food is very touristy, which means it’s often more expensive than anywhere else in Manhattan. You also have to expect long lines for a table. With countless restaurants and bars, it can be pretty overwhelming where to eat.

If you want a quick bite and need options, then this food hall is the perfect solution for you. The Urbanspace Vanderbilt Foodmarket in Midtown is just a walk away from Grand Central Station. The Foodmarket is inside the Helmsley Building on Vanderbilt Avenue. Incidentally, Urban Space Food Market is also on Lexington Avenue. Urbanspace 570 Lex includes 16 food vendors and definitely worth it.

9. Timeout Market in Dumbo

Time Out food market in nyc
In June 2019, New York has been blessed with another food market. Dumbo‘s Time Out Market has two floors including a rooftop. Their concept however differs from the rest of the many food markets in NYC. First off, everything is served in glassware and chinaware. Second, there are brand ambassadors that will clear tables and help out guests. Third, Timeout brings in the top restaurants under one roof. The combination of vendors and services makes this food market special.

10. Market Lane in The Oculus

Market Lane in the Oculus
Directly in the Oculus and the Westfield Shopping Mall you will find the Food Market “Market Lane” which opened in 2019. It is relatively small and has been built mostly for the many connected office buildings to provide more options during lunchtime.

My personal tip? Avoid peak times. Thousands of New Yorkers work around WTC and 99 percent of them have lunch between 12 PM and 1:30 PM. If you do not want to wait in unnecessarily long lines, avoid these times.

At Market Lane, you can eat fresh, naturally prepared dishes, salads, freshly grilled meat, and fish as well as Mexican cuisine. If you only want a coffee with a bagel, there’s that option as well. Even if Market Lane is one of the smaller, inconspicuous food markets in New York, it’s one of the top food markets in New York, based on restaurant choices.

About the author

Being a photographer and creative in general, New York City, I think is the perfect place to be. I moved to NYC from Boston in 2013 and never looked back. Loving New York has given me the opportunity to do what I love and share those images with you all.

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