Everything to expect from the 2021 Queens Night Market
After a year away from Flushing and a delayed start to its sixth season, the Queens Night Market makes its long-awaited comeback this weekend. The beloved outdoor food market, where nothing costs more than $6, is set to reopen on June 19 and will operate from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays through October 30.
Despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo lifting nearly all restrictions for commercial and social gatherings earlier this week, the Queens Night Market will operate with several restrictions in place as things get off the ground, according to founder John Wang. “We’re as eager as anyone to get back to free, unrestricted admission,” he said in a statement to Eater. “I don’t think it’s possible to overestimate the pent-up demand to eat, drink, congregate, and mingle, so we want to ease into our season.”
The outdoor market, which averaged nearly 15,000 attendees during its 2019 season, is requiring tickets in its first three weeks — June 19, 26, and July 3 — along with some caps on attendance, including timed entry. Tickets to the event cost $5 ahead of time, and $8 at the door, if any tickets remain unsold. Proceeds from ticket sales are being used to waive vendor participation fees during the first three weeks, according to Wang. The Queens Night Market will be free and open to the public with no restrictions starting on July 10.
As in years past, the price cap on food items is set at $5, with a few exceptions being made for $6 plates of food. The full lineup of vendors includes roughly 50 businesses to start, serving grilled skate wings, tandoor barbecue, conch fritters, goat tacos, and more.
In other news
— Jeju Noodle Bar is teaming up with South Korean beverage importer KMS on a one-night, six-course tasting menu highlighting sool, an all-encompassing term for Korean spirits. Reservations for the dinner on June 24 will available through Resy starting on Thursday, according to a spokesperson for the restaurant.
— Dante is now serving its acclaimed cocktails from an outpost in — checks notes — Aspen, Colorado. The hit Greenwich Village cocktail bar will be operating out of the St. Regis hotel as part of a one-year residency with Chefs Club Aspen.
— Resy chats with Austin Power, the owner of recently opened East Village sake bar Accidental Bar. His motto for 2021? “Come for the party, leave a little smarter.”
— Children marched across the Brooklyn Bridge this week, some dressed as produce, to protest in support of healthier options in the city’s food deserts.
— Inside Homecoming, a group organizing Queens restaurant crawls to support food insecure New Yorkers and local, immigrant-run businesses.
— A career waiter speaks up about why some restaurants are struggling to hire back workers.
Gonna go to a restaurant I’ve been to b4 & when they ask if I’ve been b4 I’ll SAY I NEVER HAVE & I’ll just let them give the whole spiel & yes TALK ME THRU THE ENTIRE WINE LIST I’ll even act surprised when you tell me the plates are for sharing. That’s how much I’ve missed it all— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) June 15, 2021