The last few years have seen a rash of new food halls spreading across New York City, rapidly multiplying the affordable fast-casual options in the area. But more doesn’t always equal better, so follow this guide to the best of the food hall options nearby at any given time.Read More
A Guide to NYC's Food Halls
Mapping the city’s food hall explosion
New York, NY
The deal: This subterranean hall, connected to the Columbus Circle subway station, opened in April 2016 and has more than 30 vendors such as Doughnuttery, Pressed Juicery, and Arepa Factory. It’s now managed by Urbanspace.
The order: One of Eater critic Ryan Sutton’s favorite restaurants resides within — Bolivian Llama Party. Go for the chicken salteña, a saucy, soupy, chicken-stuffed empanada of sorts. Otherwise, Eater’s other critic Robert Sietsema also recommends the key lime tart at Georgia & Aliou’s, among other things.
2. The Plaza Food Hall
The deal: This opulent — there’s a living wall — 32,000-square-feet hall lies underneath the Plaza Hotel, offering high-end options like $300 caviar all the way on down to $8 dumplings. Vendors include an Epicerie Boulud offshoot, Lady M, No. 7 Sub, and more, and they’re all handily listed on the website with menus.
The order: Go for Chi Noodle Bar’s pho, a tomato quiche with a side salad from Pain D’Avignon, or some Lady M crepe cake.
3. Gotham West Market
The deal: Gotham West Market breezed onto the scene in late 2013, bringing some big-name chefs like Ivan Orkin and Seamus Mullen to super west Hell’s Kitchen. There’s been some changeover since it first opened, like with Brooklyn Kitchen’s closure and some new high-profile pizza from Orkin.
The order: Sidle up to El Colmado’s bar for some jamon and tomato garlic bread, down ramen at Ivan Orkin Slurp Shop, or try some of his square-sliced, airy pizza.
4. Queens Crossing
The deal: Up on the second floor of Queens Crossing mall lies a recently-renovated food hall, with at least nine vendors in 10,000 square feet of space. Owners tried to include options beyond the myriad noodle and dumpling shops nearby to diversify, so vendors include shabu shabu, boba tea, poke, tofu, and more.
The order: Grab a Japanese curry plate from Curry Bo, washed down with Taiwanese chain Happy Lemon’s salty cheese bubble tea.
5. New World Mall Food Court
The deal: New World Mall is the Flushing food court you most hear about, with its 28 vendors ranging from Sichuan to Korean. Head to the basement of this mall to find the goods.
6. City Kitchen
New York, NY
The deal: Especially ideal for some quick pre-theater dining, City Kitchen is just off the lobby of the Row NYC Hotel. It can get mobbed with tourists, so prepare for lines.
The order: Opt for Ippudo offshoot Kuro-Obi’s shiro classic Tokyo-style ramen, Whitmans’ upstate cheeseburger with fries, or Dough’s dulce de leche doughnut.
7. Golden Shopping Mall
The deal: This no-frills, tight food court is the home of the original Xi’an Famous Foods. There’s not much seating, but it’s also less crowded.
The order: You can never go wrong with some of Xi’an’s hand-pulled noodles or all the dumplings at Tianjin Dumpling House.
8. Urbanspace at 570 Lex
New York, NY 10022
The deal: Urbanspace at 570 Lex is the newest food hall from the Urbanspace team — this time much more organized and with plenty of seating. Standout offerings include food hall standby Roberta’s Pizza, Israeli pita peddler Taïm, and Bobwhite’s fried chicken.
The order: Go for an Italian sandwich from Trappizzino, Israeli breakfast at Taïm, a fried chicken sandwich from Bobwhite, pizza from Roberta’s, or a slightly healthier avocado smash from Little Collins, Sietsema says.
9. Urbanspace Vanderbilt
The deal: Urbanspace has quickly become a major player in the food hall space, starting with this Vanderbilt location that has quickly spawned a second space, and the recent management takeover of TurnStyle. Vanderbilt remains popular, despite the frequent cycling of vendors, with its ample seating and 21 vendors.
The order: Popular hipster Bushwick pizzeria Roberta’s brings its pizza over the East River. Go for the Axl Rosenberg, with hot soppressata, mushrooms, garlic, and jalapeños. Finish with one of Ovenly’s pastries.
10. Whole Foods Market Bryant Park
The deal: Whole Foods has been getting into the food hall game, and the Bryant Park location is the most developed (there’s also one in Williamsburg). There’s a Frankies Spuntino here, the popular, affordable Brooklyn and West Village red sauce joint. Grocery sushi gets an upgrade at Kano by Genji Sushi, where there’s omakase, and Daniel Boulud even consulted on a raw bar inside.
The food: Score some Frankies, or head to Boulud-endorsed Harbor Bar raw bar from some fish and wine.
11. Great Northern Food Hall
The deal: This mini market inside Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall is the brainchild of Danish celebrity chef and Noma co-founder Claus Meyer, and as such is filled with Nordic foods like smørrebrød, grain bowls, and ymer (a creamy, whey-less milk product).
The order: After Sietsema made a visit, he scoped out the best eats to be mostly from the Bageri counter, including a hot pastrami sandwich with bitter greens, mushroom mayonnaise, and crisp shallots; a sea buckthorn meringue tart with orange berries; and a slice of potato pizza (sold by weight) that “didn’t seem very Danish, but was good nonetheless.”
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12. The Pennsy
The deal: Surprise, there’s a colorful food hall above Penn Station. Commuters stuck waiting for a train can head upstairs for food from Pat LaFrieda, Little Beet, and more.
The order: If you’re a vegan, Cinnamon Snail and its offbeat sandwiches will be a haven for you. But if meat’s your jam, then Pat LaFrieda’s steak sandwich is king.
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13. Chelsea Market
The deal: This queen bee of food halls is undoubtedly a New York essential at this point, recently celebrating its 20th anniversary as a trailblazer in the category. It has some of the best options for a food hall, though downsides include heavy tourist crowds and extremely limited seating.
The order: There are so many ways to explore this one right, like with some Dizengoff hummus, Very Fresh Noodle’s tingly cumin lamb soup, a mortadella dog from Dickson's Farmstand Meats, or a pita from Israeli newcomer Miznon. But if you had just one choice, Los Tacos No. 1 would be the answer.
14. Gansevoort Market
New York, NY
The deal: Gansevoort Market is constantly changing up its vendors, but latest entrants include ceviche, cookies, burgers, and tacos.
The order: Williamsburg Thai restaurant Thaimee has an outpost here; get the khao krieb pak mor (Thai dumplings).
15. Union Fare
The deal: This somewhat unimpressive, single-operator food court dedicates each of its stands to a different food group — burgers, tacos, poke, pizza, salads, et cetera. Plus, as a nod to its Barnes & Noble roots, a literary-themed cocktail lounge recently opened downstairs.
The order: Poke is the most popular order here, with the “Wipeout” offering contrasting textures from the soft tuna and crunchy Chinese fried noodles.
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16. The Bowery Market
New York, NY
The deal: This a former auto-body shop turned outdoor market, opened with just five stalls in summer 2016. There are only three now: fruit, gelato, and sushi.
The order: If you’re lucky, snag a seat at popular omakase stand Sushi on Jones for a $58, 30-minute, 12-piece feast.
17. Essex Street Market
The deal: One of the city’s oldest food halls will soon have a shiny, new home just across the street. For now, it can be kind of drab especially compared to the growing options, and there’s no real seating to speak of, but there is great food to be found inside.
The order: Sit down at the local gem that is Shopsins for a wild, diner-esque meal, and then stop for some Saxelby’s cheese on your way out.
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18. Canal Street Market
New York, NY
The deal: This food hall takes its cues from its Chinatown location, with several Asian vendors inside — including a new fast-casual restaurant from Chinatown heavy-hitter Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Ippudo spin-off Kuro-Obi.
The order: Izakaya Samurice has been the runaway hit here, particularly its miso soup and Japanese curry rice. If it’s Nom Wah you crave, head to the original instead of this spin-off. Don’t walk out without some boba from San Francisco import Boba Guys.
19. North 3rd Street Market
Brooklyn, NY 11249
The deal: The North 3rd St Market, New York’s newest food hall, is now home to more than 20 food and retail vendors — including Mexican sweet shop La Newyorkina, Bien Cuit Bakery, and famed Di Fara Pizza.
The order: After a taste-test through the hall, Eater critic Robert Sietsema came back with his top picks: Di Fara’s square Sicilian slice, JaJaJa’s vegan chorizo tacos, and La Newyorkina’s miniature ice cream cones.
20. Hudson Eats
The deal: Manhattan’s top tier of fast-casual restaurants have come together here, with blockbusters like Mighty Quinn’s (barbecue), Black Seed Bagel (Montreal-style noshing), Dos Toros (Mexican), Parm (Italian), and Num Pang (banh mi) holding court.
The order: Pretty much anywhere, though the aforementioned vendors definitely won’t let you down.
21. Dekalb Market Hall
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The deal: Dekalb Market Hall debuted in June 2017 with an impressive roster of vendors that includes the likes of Katz’s, Ample Hills, and Hard Times Sundae. As it goes, several stalls have already cycled through, but the ones that remain are still top-notch.
The order: Several Eater staffers highly recommend the Chinese noodles at Hana Noodle Station, the doner kebab at Kotti Berliner, and the burger at BK Jani.
22. Gotham Market at The Ashland
The deal: One of Fort Greene’s luxury apartment buildings now boasts a food hall with several dining options. There’s a full-service location of Marc Vidal’s tapas bar Boqueria, an outpost of Bolivian Llama Party, coffee shop Hungry Ghost, noodle restaurant Hey Hey Canteen, and more.
The order: Bolivian Llama Party’s soupy salteñas are a must.
The deal: Many of Berg’n’s original stands have shuttered, but this food hall from the Smorgasburg crew still does hold it down with its go-to’s from the weekend market, such as Mighty Quinn’s and Maizey Sunday Tacos. But that’s about it, as there are only three stands, which is because the primary focus here is on beer.
The order: Take what you can get with some barbecue — the good news is it’s a great option. And, of course, have a beer or three.
24. Industry City
The deal: Industry City is turning Sunset Park into one of the city’s hottest dining neighborhoods. There are 24 food vendors in the sprawling space, with heavy hitters like Blue Marble Ice Cream and Burger Joint. There is also the infamous, line-inspiring all-avocado bar, Avocaderia and some $18 coffee.
The order: For the love of food, don’t go to Avocaderia. Grab a beloved Burger Joint burger instead, or the comforting homestyle Korean fare from Ejen.