Essex Street Market

Shopping, Markets and fairs
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For groceries, this joint is a one-stop-shop, but if you’re hungry on the Lower East Side, it’s a destination lunch spot. Seating here may be limited, but foods like sandwiches and tacos are designed for eating on the move. Highlights for this market include the premium meat shop where you can buy everything from a $30/pound sausage to a $5/pound pork chop.


Venue name: Essex Street Market
Address: 120 Essex St

Cross street: between Rivington and Delancey Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 8am–7pm, Sun 10am–6pm.
Price: $
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Christa Sully

I've always known about Essex Street Market, but it wasn't until I took a tour with Turnstile Tours that I realized how much I didn't know and what I was missing. There's so much history behind the market itself (it's the 4th oldest public market in New York), and because it's public, groceries are a lot cheaper. The specialty stores alone are worth the trip, such as Ni Japanese Deli, which has an awesome assortment of Japanese items and prepared food; Pain d'Avignon NYC for the whole grain bread (trust me) and Saxelby cheese, among others. If you don't mind a little history with your food samples, I would recommend Turnstile Tours to learn more about the market and the vendors themselves.

Jaime B

Seriously, I was in the Lower East Side all the time, but I didn't discover this place until a year after I'd moved here. It's really unassuming, yet it sits right on the corner of delancey and essex. But because of that, I have never seen it packed, even on weekends, which is great news for me! And this is a wonderful market. I wish I lived closer. It houses Shopsins, a really unique and well-known restaurant that you should definitely read about before going to. It has a bunch of independent groceries, like a cheese shop, a sweets shop and a fresh fish purveyor. There's also a bunch of produce and canned goods on sale. A very quaint place to go to for a quieter brunch and fresh groceries, all in one trip.