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Crowd-Favorite Queens Night Market Makes an Early Debut at Rockefeller Center

Plus, Miss Lily’s reopens its Soho outpost for the first time in over a year — and more intel

Customers gather around a tented vendor at a lunchtime market at the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, New York Tishman Speyer/Queens Night Market

The Queens Night Market announces its Manhattan comeback

After months of uncertainty and a delayed start in Flushing, the Queens Night Market announced this week that it will be bringing back its smaller Rockefeller Center outpost for a third season. The crowd-favorite outdoor food market is scheduled to reopen for lunch on Monday, May 10, taking place from Monday through Friday at the Rockefeller Center’s south plaza, between West 48th and 49th streets.

The market’s initial roster includes seven food vendors, who will be serving jerk chicken and bubble tea throughout the summer, and possibly into the fall, according to founder John Wang. The full list of vendors includes:

  • Nansense, serving mantu and bolani
  • Treat Yourself Jerk Chicken, serving jerk chicken
  • Parantha Alley, serving paranthas and curry
  • Anda Café, serving bubble tea
  • Arepalicious, serving arepas
  • DiLena’s, serving panini and fried arancini
  • Twister Cake Bakery, serving Romanian chimney cakes

There’s still no date on the calendar for the food market’s full comeback at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing, which cancelled its 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but an opening announcement could come in the next week or two. “Governor Cuomo’s guidance for outdoor events yesterday was good news for the Queens Night Market and enables us to finally start planning for a reopening that is sustainable for the vendors financially,” Wang said in an email to Eater.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on May 3 that outdoor social gatherings could increase from 200 to 500 people on May 10, while large-scale outdoor venues could increase to 33 percent on May 19.

In other news

— Bed-Stuy bakery Pelah Kitchen is serving cardamom carrot cake and cheddar biscuits as part of a pop-up this Sunday, May 9. These baked goods, and a handful more, will be available from Sincerely, Tommy starting at 11 a.m.

— Legendary German meat shop Schaller and Weber is selling clothing, cookbooks, and sausages as part of a new store within its Stube Sausage Bar. Opens Saturday, May 8 starting at 11 a.m.

— Book a reservation at one of these restaurants between May 17 and 23, and Resy will throw in a free, pre-selected appetizer to your meal. No catch, but a few terms and conditions apply.

— Beloved Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily’s will open the doors on its Soho outpost this evening for the first time since the coronavirus shutdown last March. No reservations.

— Last-minute planners: Consider one of the no-reservation restaurants on this Mother’s Day brunch guide.

— Emboldened by a Michelin star, Contra announces its new tasting menu:

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