As the old quote goes, “Indecision is the thief of opportunity.” Especially in New York, we have it all — but everything at once can be overwhelming. When it comes to food, the options are infinite, and it can take days of group texting to decide where to get brunch. (Don’t even get us started on finding the best tacos.) Luckily, we’ve seen the emergence of marketplaces and food halls that offer a bit of everything. Read on for the places that will satisfy your taste buds, no matter what you’re craving.
Hell’s Kitchen wouldn’t be our first choice to find the best food in the city (in fact, it might be our last). We all have that one friend who insists on going above 25th Street, though. Suggest Gotham West Market for a range of crowd-pleasing names like Ivan Ramen, Ample Hills, Uma Temakeria, and Indie Fresh. This is one Midtown spot that won’t make you cringe.
Canal Street Market hosts a rotating selection of indie artisans, artists, vendors and pop-up shops, but if that’s not enough to entice you, try their Food Hall. The food leans toward Asian cuisine, with appearances from Nom Wah, The Boba Guys, Kuro Obi (a new spot from Ippudo’s owner), and Mediterranean joint ILILI.
Downtown Brooklyn is making its mark on the NYC food scene with the summer’s addition of Dekalb Market Hall. Though it’s tucked away in an unsightly shopping center beneath a Century21, the hall boasts 40+ vendors across every nationality. Take a culinary trip across the globe from Katz’s Delicatessen to Arepa Lady, The Pierogi Boys, Kotti Berliner Donner Kebab, and more. If you’re here on a Friday evening, you’ll catch free local music as a bonus.
The Pennsy’s carefully picked selection of restaurants has offerings from The Cinnamon Snail, Little Beet Table, and other Instagram-worthy spots. And honestly, the vegan doughnuts from The Cinnamon Snail are worth the trek out to Penn Plaza on their own.
Real chefs don’t just throw together a menu; they curate it. This quality is apparent at Chefs Club Counter, an offshoot of Chefs Club. The counter offers the ambiance and cuisine of a 5-star restaurant in a casual environment, without breaking the bank. The menu is a mash-up of dishes from the country’s hottest chefs. From avocado yogurt bowls to chicken wings and coleslaw, there’s an option for every seasoned palate here.
Looking for food with a side of fun (and booze)? Up the ante with Berg’n. Located on Bergen Street in Brooklyn, this space is a beer hall-cum-food hall with table tennis, arcade and board games thrown into the mix. The grub comes courtesy of Brooklyn Pizza Crew, Landhaus, Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, and Lumpia Shack.
The mall food court gets a maaaajor upgrade with Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place — (no Sbarro here!) Whether it’s slightly-elevated fast casual (Dig Inn) or artfully done sushi (Blue Ribbon), it’s clear that this isn’t your average fast food court. Grab some eats to fuel up a major fall wardrobe shopping session.
Written by Kirby Kelly
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