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The best food halls in NYC and what you should eat

If NYC’s best food halls and food courts bring out your decision paralysis, stress no more—we chose for you

Time Out Market New York
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By Arielle Shorr, Alyssa Haak and Lauren Rothman |

NYC best food halls and food courts take the lively, bustling atmosphere of NYC street fairs and combine it with some of the city’s best and trendiest food offerings—what’s not to like? Some spots are ideal for quick and cheap eats, while others can be surprisingly high-end, but all provide the perfect solution to bickering with coworkers over what to eat for the best lunch in NYC. Take this guide and your squad to your nearest NYC food hall and sample to your stomach’s content. And of course, keep your eyes out for the opening of the Time Out Market opening right in DUMBO!

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Best food halls in NYC

City Kitchen at Row NYC
Photograph: Curtesy Michael Kleinberg
Restaurants, Food court

City Kitchen

icon-location-pin Midtown West

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.

Hudson Eats
Restaurants, Chinese

Hudson Eats

icon-location-pin Financial District

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.

Gotham West Market
Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
Restaurants, Food court

Gotham West Market

icon-location-pin Hell's Kitchen

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. 

Gansevoort Market
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Shinya Suzuki
Shopping, Markets and fairs

Gansevoort Market

icon-location-pin Meatpacking District

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.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Shinya Suzuki

Bars, Beer bars


icon-location-pin Crown Heights

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. 

The Plaza Food Hall
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Thomas C.
Restaurants, Food court

Plaza Food Hall

icon-location-pin Midtown East

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.

Food trucks
Photograph: Clay Williams
Things to do

Industry City - Food Hall

icon-location-pin Sunset Park

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.

Brunching on a budget?

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