The Best Food Halls to Visit in New York City 2023

The number of New York City food halls that are opening up continues to grow and can make for a fun addition in your NYC trip plan. We’ve collected the best New York City food markets & halls into one article to make it easy for you to find a great place to eat in NYC

August 19, 2023

The Best Food Halls to Visit in New York City 2023

The number of New York City food halls that are opening up continues to grow and can make for a fun addition in your NYC trip plan. A few years ago there were just a few, Chelsea Market, Grand Central Station food hall and Essex Market. But, like most things in New York City, it’s hard to keep a good idea secret for long and the food hall craze has hit. Historically New York City is not known for food halls but it actually makes sense considering the weather. On those cold and rainy days, walking around the streets of New York City to find a great place to eat can feel like a reality show adventure. Because of that, food halls have bring the most popular restaurants in the city under one roof to make your next NYC food adventure that much easier. 

In that same vein, we’ve collected the best New York City food markets & halls into one article to make it easy for you to find a great place to eat in NYC. Depending where you find yourself in the city, you may decide to visit one or two of these food halls. Location is everything and is very important when building your NYC trip plan. We know that everyone’s travel style is unique. If you want a specific recommendation for your travel style, request a tailored NYC trip plan. Our team tailor plans for travelers based on the activities they love most. Tell us your must-see attractions, favorite foods, and the number of days you’re in New York City, and our team will build a hand-crafted plan that matches your profile.

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1. TimeOut Market

Nestled along the beautiful Brooklyn waterfront, just a stone's throw away from the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, Time Out Market New York is a culinary haven for food enthusiasts. The market features a curated selection of some of New York's most popular restaurants, renowned chefs, and tantalizing drinks all in one place, offering the perfect opportunity to savor a variety of cuisines and immerse yourself in the latest arts and culture scene. And when the weather is nice, make sure to head up to The Rooftop at Time Out Market, where you can dine on the "best in New York City" while enjoying breathtaking views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the iconic Manhattan skyline.

2. Chelsea Market

If you're a food lover exploring the culinary scene of New York City, Chelsea Market is a must-visit destination. Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Chelsea, this welcoming multipurpose space offers an incredible selection of choices, from delectable pastries to exquisite fine dinners. Many beloved eateries call Chelsea Market home, each offering something unique. You can taste mouth-watering tacos at Los Tacos No. 1, or try freshly baked bagels with unique toppings at Black Seed Bagels. Doughnuttery offers a fun twist on donuts, while Cull & Pistol serves fresh seafood. And for authentic and flavorful Thai cuisine, Ayada is a must-try. Chelsea Market is also a hub of arts and culture, with events, pop-ups, happy hours, and unique shopping opportunities.

3. Eatly

Eataly Flatiron is a food hall that shouldn't be missed on any foodie's trip to New York City. Offering a taste of Italy in the heart of the city, Eataly's combination of restaurants and gourmet shops serves up affordable high-quality food with a modern Italian twist. With a variety of counters to choose from, you can indulge in thoughtful Italian dishes and enjoy bar options to your liking. Afterward, take a leisurely stroll through one of the finest food markets in NYC to shop for authentic Italian ingredients to bring back home with you. And for a special treat, don't forget to check out SERRA by Birreria, Eataly's rooftop restaurant and bar.

4. UrbanSpace Union Square

If you're looking for a food hall with a vibrant community atmosphere, Urbanspace Union Square is a must-visit destination in New York City. Located steps away from Union Square at the Zero Irving building, this 10,000 square foot space features thirteen vendors serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks, as well as an outdoor patio. What sets Urbanspace apart is its dynamic lineup of chefs and exciting new restaurant concepts, making it a true hub for the city's food community. Don't forget that Urbanspace is also the mastermind behind various other food markets across NYC, including the beloved Bryant Park Holiday Market.

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5. Market 57 - Pier 57

If you're a foodie on the lookout for a culinary adventure, Market 57 at Pier 57 in Hudson River Park is the perfect spot to explore the diverse and flavorful food culture of the city. This dining destination doesn't just satisfy your cravings; it's committed to championing the Good Food For Good™ mission by supporting and elevating the people behind New York's local, independent, minority-, and women-owned businesses. With a variety of kiosks offering unique and delicious options, from savory dishes to sweet treats, there's something for everyone at Market 57. And to top it off, the stunning waterfront views definitely seal the deal.

6. The Tin Building

The Tin Building, situated at the historic site of the Fulton Fish Market, has been converted into a sprawling food hall by renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. It boasts six full-service restaurants, six fast-casual spots, four bars, and shops that sell provisions from around the world, catering to every craving. Eater and the NY Times have lauded the maze-like food hall for its standout dishes like dosas, wok-fried cumin lamb, French onion soup, and razor clams. Whether you're in the mood for a quick bite, a sit-down meal, or looking for Asian groceries, the Tin Building offers a unique culinary experience that is not to be missed.

7. Industry City

Industry City, located in Brooklyn's Sunset Park, is not your average food hall. It offers a behind-the-scenes view into an artist's world, making it a unique and inspiring dining experience. This creative hub features a variety of culinary options, including pan-Asian, comfort breakfast, and healthy fare, making it a great spot for any foodie. The bustling artist community adds to the lively energy of Industry City, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a one-of-a-kind dining and shopping experience.

8. Essex Market

Located in the vibrant Lower East Side, Essex Market is a historic New York City landmark that has been serving the community for over a century. With a diverse collection of vendors and food counters, this market offers a unique culinary experience with options ranging from artisanal baked goods to traditional Japanese fare and beyond. Whether you're in the mood for a sit-down meal or want to pick up fresh produce, Essex Market has something to offer. With its rich history and commitment to local vendors, it's no wonder that few food halls in NYC are as beloved as this one.

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9. Dekalb Market Hall

Looking for a lively dining experience that will tantalize your taste buds? Look no further than DeKalb Market Hall, one of the most diverse and eclectic food halls in NYC. Boasting a wide variety of vendors, this foodie paradise offers something for everyone, from Cajun specialties to sushi hand rolls, and from juice bar selections to indulgent desserts. But that's not all: DeKalb Market Hall is also home to an entertainment venue (DeKalb Stage) that hosts some of the city's most electrifying live performances, making it the perfect spot for a fun night out.

10. Olly Olly Market

Nestled in the heart of Chelsea, Olly Olly Market is a bustling food hall that promises a culinary experience like no other. With a plethora of amazing food and beverage concepts, it combines taste with creativity and engaging programming. Sample Korean pastry cuisine from DDOBAR by Joomak NYC, indulge in scallion pancake burritos from Forsyth Fire Escape, and savor the Wagyu Chopped Cheese from Shmackwich. Don't forget to try the extra thick Sicilian slices from Pizza Friendly Pizza, and wash it down with a cup of coffee from Boy Blue Coffee & Goods. With a diverse selection of vendors and delicious offerings, Olly Olly Market is a foodie's paradise that is not to be missed.

11. The Hugh

The Hugh, located in Midtown East, is a must-visit food hall that offers an exceptional culinary experience with carefully curated dining options. With 15 diverse and innovative food vendors, some run by award-winning chefs, you can choose from pizza, chicken soup dumplings, vegetarian, and halal options. Whether you're looking for a quick bite or a stylish dining experience, The Hugh has you covered with dine-in, take-out, catering, and private event options.

12. Manhattanville Market

Manhattanville Market, located inside the stunning Jerome L. Greene Science Center at Columbia University, offers a unique and satisfying dining experience for students, faculty, and locals alike. With standout food options like the tapas bar Oliva, helmed by chef Franklin Becker, which features a menu of small plates, including the standout grilled shrimp with salsa verde. Other highlights include Butterfunk's Biscuits and Shai Hummusiya, both of which offer fantastic lunch options. Whether you're in the mood for coffee, salad, or something more indulgent, Manhattanville Market has it all.

13. Jacx & Co

JACX & CO is a Long Island City food hall that has been attracting foodies from all over the city with its impressive lineup of stalls, each run by some of the most exciting chefs in town. Lotus and Cleaver, a Cantonese barbecue bowl spot from the team behind Wayla and Kimika, offers bold and flavorful dishes that are sure to impress. Pastry chef Ghaya Oliveria's all-day cafe is a must-visit, serving up delectable treats like the expertly layered ham-and-cheese mille-feuille that recently caught the attention of Eater critics. But that's not all - you'll also find a juice bar, acai bowls, tacos, hummus and pita, sushi, and fresh-baked cookies, making JACX & CO a foodie destination for all tastes.
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