Discovering NYC Series: The Best Food Halls In and Near Lower Manhattan
Food halls have taken over New York City, and that includes Lower Manhattan. A food hall is like an upscale cafeteria, usually containing a variety of trendy, popular vendors that may rotate occasionally. “Foodies” from all over flock to these edible emporiums to taste and Instagram the latest must-have culinary creations, often leading to long lines and buzzy crowds.
At least 30 food halls have invaded NYC, and five terrific ones are located in or near Lower Manhattan. Here is your guide to these appetizing destinations.
Situated inside high-end retail center Brookfield Place, Hudson Eats is the perfect spot for quelling your post-shopping appetite while taking in views of the Hudson River. Vendors like Chop’t and Dig Inn are popular among the working lunch crowd looking for a quick, healthy meal. Other highlights include Black Seed Bagel, Fuku (by superstar chef David Chang of Momofuku fame), Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, Sprinkles and Umami Burger.
230 Vesey Street
The Bowery Market
This open-air food market houses an eccentric collection of small restaurants in what was once an auto mechanic shop. The restaurants manage to express their unique character while paying homage to the site’s industrial history. Current vendors include Italian specialty sandwich shop Alidoro, Indian eatery Dosa Royale, taco shop Oaxaca Comida Calle and sushi bar Sushi on Jones.
City Acres Market
Located right underneath Q&A Hotel in the 70 Pine building, City Acres Market is the Financial District’s newest food hall. You’ll find healthy, tasty eats by Amsterdam-based juice shop JuiceBrothers, plant-based sushi joint Beyond Sushi, vegan bakery The Cinnamon Snail, pizza masterminds Artichoke Basille’s and the family-run Vanessa’s Dumplings. There’s also an organic market downstairs, meaning you’ll never have to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach again.
70 Pine Street
Canal Street Market
This Chinatown food hall with over 40 food and goods vendors is the place to go for satisfying your Asian food cravings. Popular favorites such as Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Kuro-Obi and Izakaya Samurice have brought a lot of hype. Vendors serving other cuisines include Davey’s Ice Cream, Oppa, Mission Ceviche and Luke’s Lobster.
265 Canal Street
DeKalb Market Hall
Just a quick subway ride from the Financial District, DeKalb Market Hall is one of Brooklyn’s hottest culinary destinations. Whatever you’re craving, it’s here, from ice cream sandwiches to specialty pickles to fresh seafood. New York cult favorites with a presence at DeKalb Market include Hana Noodles, Katz’s Deli and Arepa Lady.
445 Albee Square West
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