Move over Chelsea Market, there are new heavy-hitter food halls in town! Perfect for when you want to try a variety of the food that New York City offers but not venture around too much, food halls are a great option. They’re curated and diversified and just in the past year, there have been a plethora of new openings. Here’s the low-down on some of our favorites:
DeKalb Market Hall – The DeKalb Market Hall is already one of our favorites, despite the fact that it just opened yesterday! It features the first expansion of Katz’s Delicatessen in 129 years, which is a big feat in and of itself. The food hall displays over 40 other vendors total, all of which are worth a try, in their massive 60,000-foot space in Downtown Brooklyn. Besides Katz’s, our favorite vendor is Lioni’s Italian Heroes with hundreds of meat and cheese filled sandwiches named after famous Italians. We also enjoyed the handrolls at Daigo Hand Roll Bar, the bagels at Brooklyn Bagels by Hard Times Sundaes, Ample Hills ice cream, and the dan dan noodles from Han Dynasty, which is opening next month in the same complex. Plus there’s a Target, Century 21, and Trader Joe’s in the complex. The trip to Downtown Brooklyn is definitely worth it for this one.
Canal Street Market – Nom Wah Tea Parlor is one of our favorite places for dim sum in the city, so naturally when we found out the Canal Street Market was opening a new outpost, called Nom Wah Kuai, we had to try it. The new fast-casual addition to the Nom Wah family is serving up dumplings, rice bowls, and flavorful sides. The Canal Street Market features eleven other vendors such as Kuro-Obi, a takeout ramen shop by the folks behind Ippudo; Boba Guys, a popular bubble tea shop; and Davey’s Ice Cream, an East Village institution.
The Bowery Market – The Bowery Market opened about a year ago and although small, the options are all around pretty solid. Our favorite here is Sushi on Jones, which offers a $50 omakase that includes 12 pieces of sushi and is timed at 30 minutes. While under a time crunch, the meal here never feels rushed, just more convenient to busy New Yorkers, and is definitely worth the price. Other options here include Alidoro, Oaxaca Comida Calle and Parantha Alley .
The Industry City Food Hall – Situated in Sunset Park, Industry City is a fast-growing, sixteen-building behemoth. The waterfront collection of massive white-brick, rectangular edifices is now home to a new 40,000-square-foot food hall. Avocaderia, an avocado-centric restaurant that is plaguing Instagram, is there, as is Extraction Lab, which sells an infamously expensive $18 cup of coffee (that, in fact, is quite delicious). There are less kitschy places, as well, such as Blue Marble Ice Cream, Ends Meat, and Taco Mix.
Gotham Market at The Ashland – At the base of a luxury apartment building in Fort Greene, John Stage of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que dominates the Gotham Market at The Ashland food hall with four different restaurants – none of which are actually Dinosaur. There’s Flip Bird, which has rotisserie and fried chicken; Apizza Regionale, with Neapolitan pizza; Bar Granger, a bar serving up a majority of the alcoholic beverages in the hall (with no apparent ties to Hermione); and Egg at the Bird, a breakfast spot. There is, in fact, a barbecue joint, Mason Jar, but it isn’t one of Stage’s enterprises.
Our fingers are still crossed that Anthony Bourdain’s food hall is the next to open!