Food Hall Frenzy in New York City

The appetite for food halls has been growing nationwide with the predication that by 2020, the number of food halls in our Country will go from 70 to 300+. It is no surprise one of the culinary epicenters of the world, New York City has a food hall game that’s been getting stronger thanks to many additions over recent years.

We have about 25 operating food halls and at least 12 others in the works including TimeOut DUMBO food hall and the Essex Crossing’s Market Line. Let’s examine these two food centric landmark developments.

Based on the first Time Out Market in Lisbon, Portugal, Time Out Market will bring the best NYC restaurants, bars and cultural experiences, all chosen by expert Time Out editors, under one roof at 55 Water Street within Empire Stores. You will find two levels, three bars, an outdoor rooftop area and a breathtaking view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan’s iconic skyline. Essex Crossing’s Market Line in the Lower East Side will cover three city blocks and connect by underground tunnels, The Market Line will be one of the world’s greatest markets featuring 60 foot ceilings that welcome natural light to an underground landscape that will feature a food hall and a variety of large and small businesses; anchored by the historic Essex Street Market, 120 Essex Street (at Delancey Street).

Manhattan’s oldest food hall Chelsea Markets building was recently purchased by Google for $2.4 billion and the market will continue exactly as it is and expansion will move forward. Original owner Jamestown is already seeking new locations in the U.S. and Europe for their next new food concept. They know “food is the future” and they know how to create delicious success!

Here are the local NYC food halls open for business:

Canal Street Market

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265 Canal Street, Manhattan

At the crossroads of Chinatown and SoHo, this marketplace is a mix between an artsy retail market and a sleek, modern food hall similar to Chelsea Market, which includes a number of Asian-influenced local vendors.

food hallsChelsea Market

75 Ninth Avenue, Manhattan

Chelsea Market set the standard for the food hall industry, after this complex of 22 interlocking Nabisco factories covering an entire Chelsea block was transformed over 20 years ago. Virtually every corner of the earth is represented in this ever-changing market.

City Acres Market

70 Pine Street, Manhattan

The space combines trendy ‘grocerant’ (the concept of blending a restaurant experience with the grocery experience) and food hall concepts with independent food vendors, a butcher, cheesemonger, fishmonger, and comprehensive groceries (both locally made and national name brands) and fresh grab-and-go from the house chef.

City Kitchen at Row NYC

700 Eighth Avenue (at 44th Street), Manhattan

This subway-tiled oasis near Times Square has some of the city’s biggest recent culinary hits. The urban style food market has nine vendors who offer everything from spicy ramen and lobster rolls to passion fruit donuts to shaved snow.  

DeKalb Market Hall

445 Gold Street, Brooklyn

Located in City Point Brooklyn, DeKalb Market Hall has transformed downtown Brooklyn with its mega food hall housing outposts of some of New York City’s most iconic restaurants; Katz’s Deli, Arepa Lady, Wilma Jean and many mouthwatering more. This 33,000-square-foot pace is home to almost forty local and regional food outposts. DeKalb Market Hall hosts daily entertainment programming in its two dedicated spaces: a custom-built show kitchen and an event space, DeKalb Stage, as well as a 40 foot bar designed by Brooklyn artists.

Eataly NYC Downtown

4 World Trade Center, Manhattan

All things Italian under one roof!

Eataly NYC Flatiron

200 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

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Food Hall at Industry City

274 36th Street, Brooklyn

On the waterfront in Sunset Park, a 40,000-square-foot food hall awaits with oodles of vendors including eight different artisanal coffee purveyors. A food hall within a food hall is under way there: Japan Village, dubbed as the “Japanese Eataly” is a 20,000-square-foot culinary delight with six food stalls, an izakaya, a sake store, specialty grocery, and more. Expected to open in June 2018.

Gansevoort Market

353 West 14th Street, Manhattan

They say it best, “a curated selection of locally produced goods and fare. The industrial inspired architecture brings together the history of the market while creating a modern communal space to eat, entertain and relax”.

Gotham Market at the Ashland

590 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

This 16,000-square-foot hall located on the ground floor of the Fort Greene apartment building The Ashland. 

Gotham West Market

600 11th Avenue, Manhattan

This full service food hall in Hell’s Kitchen features cuisine from world famous chefs. 

Great Northern Hall (in Vanderbilt Hall) at Grand Central Station 89 East 42nd Street, Manhattan

Danish restaurateur and Noma co-founder Claus Meyer Nordic flavors with a food hall that features six vendors carrying over 100 different seasonal dishes

Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place

200 Vesey Street, Manhattan

Impressive and modern food hall with a variety of popular, counter-serve eateries featuring river views. 

Le District at Brookfield Place

200 Vesey Street Brookfield Place, Manhattan

French-inspired food in a market of bustling “districts” of culinary-specific stations, exciting restaurants, and a fresh grocery.

Plaza Food Hall
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Food Hall

1 West 59th Street, Manhattan

Located on the basement level of the City’s most iconic hotel, the Plaza Food Hall is home to outposts of around twenty of NYC’s most popular local eateries from sushi to macaroons luring tourists, guests of the hotel and even locals.

Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors
The LaFrieda’s new restaurant outlets at the Pennsy in Manhattan and Citi Field in Queens feature delicacies including the Original LaFrieda Steak Sandwich (above).

The Pennsy (Penn Plates)

2 Pennsylvania Plaza, Manhattan

This 8,000-square-foot space located at street level right about Penn Station and next to Madison Square Garden, is surrounded by a large outdoor patio and has become home to live entertainment and events almost every lunch hour and evening. Lineup includes The Cinnamon Snail, The Little Beet, Pat LaFrieda, Ribalta, Sabi Sushi and Taco Dumbo.

TurnStyle Underground Market

1000 South 8th Avenue, Manhattan

Located underground 8th Avenue, between 57th and 58th Street, find 38 eateries, kiosks and pop ups.

Union Fare

6 East 18th Street, Manhattan

This 25,000 square-foot food hall located in the former home of NYC’s first Barnes & Noble, spanning an entire block near Union Square. The full-service space emphasizes seasonal American food.

Urbanspace at 570 Lexington

570 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan

The second permanent food hall concept in NYC, opened in the historic General Electric building bringing16 food concepts.

UrbanSpace Vanderbilt (at the Helmsley Building)

230 Park Avenue, Manhattan

20 artisanal and chef-driven food concepts to the heart of Midtown perfectly positioned near Grand Central.

Food Halls Coming Soon:

Bruckner Market

  • 9 Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx

Hudson Yards Food Hall

  • 10 Hudson Yards, Manhattan 

Seasonal Pop-up food markets by Borough: 

Manhattan

Broadway Bites

  • Greeley Square, Midtown
  • between 32nd and 33rd Street
  • Summer market runs May 2- June 15
  • 11 am to 9 pm.

Hester Street Fair

  • 25 Essex Street, Lower East Side
  • Runs Saturdays from April 14- Oct 27
  • 11 am to 6 pm. 

Mad. Sq. Eats

  • Worth Square, Flatiron District
  • Spring market runs May 5- June 1
  • 11 am to 9 pm. 

Urbanspace Garment District

  • Broadway and 40th, Midtown West
  • Spring market runs June 4- July 13

Brooklyn

Smorgasburg

  • 90 Kent Ave in Williamsburg and East Drive at Lincoln Road in Prospect Park
  • Opens March 31 in Williamsburg & April 1 in Prospect Park
  • Open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm until the end of October.

Queens

LIC Flea & Food

  • 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City
  • Runs monthly, starting May 12

Queens International Night Market

  • New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
  • Saturdays, April 21st- Aug 18 and Sept. 29- Oct 27th
  • 6 pm to 12 am.

Food halls are the perfect place for any food enthusiast to indulge in an array of culinary choices. Without a doubt, these bustling marketplaces embody the spirit and diversity of New York as a City that will continue to host the hottest and latest epicurean delights! Happy Dining!

Faith Hope Consolo
Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group, writes the "Faithful Food" column for Total Food Service. Ms. Consolo is a leading retail broker and advisor who covers the national market. She is a specialist ranging from fine restaurants to fashionable fast foods. "To find the best retail space, You Need Faith." Email her at fconsolo@elliman.com