The 12 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.

Here You Find The Best Food Markets in New York City

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    Eataly at Flatiron or One World Trade Center

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    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.

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    Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards

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    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.

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    Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District

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    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.

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    Smorgasburg Food Market in Williamsburg

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    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 was the first year in this location.

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    DeKalb Market Hall in Brooklyn

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    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. You can find pastries, pizzas and even ramen. It’s a good example of how diverse NYC is.

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    Gotham West Market in Hell's Kitchen

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    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.

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    Urbanspace Food Markets in NYC

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    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 Food Market in Midtown is just a walk away from Grand Central Station. The food market 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 is definitely worth it.

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    Time Out Market in Dumbo

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    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.

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    Olly Olly Market in Chelsea

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    Nestled in the heart of Chelsea, Olly Olly Market has emerged as the latest addition to NYC’s thriving food hall scene. At Olly Olly Market you can discover the world of nonalcoholic wine from New Zealand, immerse yourself in a new Ukrainian cookbook, and so much more. Recently opened, the market covers over 17,000 square feet of prime real estate on the ground floor of the Starrett-Lehigh Building.

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    Food Gallery 32 in Korea Town

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    As the only multicultural food court with three floors of restaurants, Food Gallery 32 just has so much to offer! Why visit just one restaurant when you could come here and grab bubble tea, Korean noodles, Kimbap, fried dumplings, and pastries from several different restaurants. This dining excursion is definitely something to be witnessed. Although it tends to get busier during the usual dining hours, the wait times aren’t too long and there’s generally something available for everyone.

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    Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place

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    In the Hudson Eats you can enjoy a great view of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty. The restaurants are more in the upscale segment, so not really low budget, but even here there are a few alternatives to save a little money. You can find for example the Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar, Umami Burger and Dos Toros Taqueria. The architecture inside is also very impressive. Not only culinary is a visit to Hudson Eats worthwhile.

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    Canal Street Market in Little Italy

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    The Canal Street Market is a great street market with many food vendors (including Korean cooking & sweets) and a small dining area. You will also find many other stalls here selling souvenirs and art which in combination with the food stalls makes this place very unique and worth visiting.

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I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 25 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On my blog I show you the best and most beautiful spots of the city, so that you have a really good time! You can also find lots of insider tips in our New York travel guide. Also check out my hotel finder for New York!

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