NYC food halls are all the rage—joining Mario Batali’s Eataly, Todd English’s Food Hall at the Plaza Hotel and Gotham West Market are a new crop of all-in-one eateries. These new food halls have plenty of exciting vendors from top culinary names preparing everything from artisanal sandwiches and gourmet pizzas to lobster rolls and small-batch donuts. One such place is Urbanspace Vanderbilt (above) which opened last fall. Continue reading to find out which of these food halls in NYC appeals to you most.
This food hall in an airy landmark building on 45th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue (right near Grand Central Terminal) is a godsend for midtown workers. There are currently 20 vendors including a branch of Roberta’s (wood-fired oven pizzas), Delaney Chicken (fried chicken sandwiches), Red Hook Lobster Pound (lobster rolls) and Dough for donuts in flavors like hibiscus and salted chocolate caramel.
Located at 2 Pennsylvania Plaza in midtown, this food hall opened in January and is already packed with tourists, those catching a game or a concert at Madison Square Garden, Macy’s employees and Penn Station commuters. Vendors include Mario by Mary, an Italian sandwich shop from Mario Batali, Lobster Press from Marc Forgione, and The Little Beet serving healthy, seasonal fare.
If you haven’t yet been down to Brookfield Place in the Financial District, you should definitely make a visit. Hudson Eats is a sprawling bi-level food hall within the vast Brookfield complex with more than a dozen vendors (Num Pang, Dos Toros, among others) as well as a fancy French marketplace called Le District where you can dine in a brasserie or pick up faves like quiches, tarts, croissants, etc.
This year-old food hall in Times Square is a perfect spot to grab a quick bite pre-theater or if you live or work in the area (it’s on 44th Street and Eighth Avenue). Some of the items you can sample in this 4,000-square-foot marketplace include lobster rolls at Luke’s Lobster, fish tacos at Gabriela’s Taqueria, sushi rolls at Azuki Sushi and burgers and fries at Whitmans New York.
A garage-turned-beer hall in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (from the founders of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg), this industrial-chic spot has a handful of food vendors so you can nosh while you enjoy craft brews like Maine’s Allagash White and Maryland’s Stillwater Brontide. Try the chili at Ed & Bev’s, brisket and slaw at Mighty Quinn’s and a chicken shawarma sandwich from Samesa.
Other NYC Food Halls to watch for:
- The Ganesvoort Market will be moving from its current digs at 52 Gansevoort Street, to 353 West 14th Street in the next few months.
- A branch of Eataly, the gourmet Italian food market is expected to open at 4 World Trade Center in the Financial District this spring.
- A Nordic-themed food hall is expected to open later this year in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall and will be run Claus Meyer, co-founder of world-famous Noma in Copenhagen.
- Anthony Bourdain, chef, author and TV personality is expected to open Bourdain Market next year. It is rumored to be located in the new Pier 57 development in West Chelsea and will be inspired by Asian street vendors with global cuisine.