Best food halls in NYC
At this 4,000-square-foot Hell's Kitchen food market, snag a turquoise barstool and sample bites from food-court first-timers like Ilili and regulars like Dough and Luke's Lobster.
What to order: A steaming bowl of chicken-broth ramen from Kuro Obi, a spinoff of noodle king Ippudo.
Clocking in at an astounding 35,000 square feet, this Battery Park City hall accommodates up to 600 eaters chowing down on meals from the likes of Black Seed Bagels and Mighty Quinn’s BBQ. Don’t miss the great river views afforded by the huge picture windows.
What to order: Northern Tiger’s juicy handmade lamb dumplings, slick with spicy sauce.
This sprawling Hell’s Kitchen spot is another boon to neighborhood office workers, and it’s open late to accommodate theatergoers looking for an after-show bite. With high-profile vendors including Ivan Ramen and ice-cream favorite Ample Hills, it’s worth the trek west.
What to order: The Spicy Smokehouse Burger from Genuine Roadside, loaded with bacon, smoked gouda and charred jalapeno mayo.
This comparatively diminutive hall occupies a handsome historical building in the Meatpacking District and boasts a laid-back atmosphere. Vendors run the gamut from Italian (Luzzo's Pizza) to Thai (Thaimee Magic).
What to order: You can’t go wrong with a swirl of soft serve from Milk & Cream Cereal Bar.
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Brooklyn finally got its own fancy food hall in 2014 when this hipster heaven opened on Bergen Street. With concrete floors, exposed brick and solid, shareable wooden picnic tables, its new industrial feel is complemented by a rotating cast of hip eateries.
What to order: Messy, sloppy, delicious barbecue from Mighty Quinn's.
Tucked away beneath the historic Manhattan hotel is this expansive food court modeled after the indoor markets found in Europe. Luke’s Lobster, vegetarian favorite No. 7 Sub and dozens of other vendors offer lunch-friendly fare perfect for toting across the street for an al fresco lunch in the park.
What to order: The signature mille crepes cake from confectionary Lady M makes the perfect dessert, a slice of super-thin sweet crepes layered with ethereal vanilla pastry cream and finished with a thin shell of crispy caramelized sugar.
This way-south-Brooklyn food court is a bit of a schlep, but it features a fun mix of vendors making very good food, from Blue Marble ice cream to Spanish Harlem-bred Taco Mix. After eating, take a stroll through nearby Greenwood Cemetery, whose famous residents include Jean-Michel Basquiat and crooked politico “Boss” Tweed.
What to order: A New Orleans-style muffaletta sandwich from whole-animal salumeria Ends Meat, packed with house-cured salami and chopped black olives.