Food halls have gone from being one step up from something you’d find at the mall to destination-eats, full of an array of yummy treats you can’t find anywhere else. Below are our favorites. By Jessica Allen.
Brought to you by the folks behind Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, Berg’n is a beer hall and then some. And that some is really, really good food from such purveyors as Asia Dog (pictured), Mighty Quinn’s, and Pizza Moto. Best of all, perhaps, is Ramen Burger, whose burgers come sandwiched between “buns” made from ramen consistently draw the longest lines at Smorgasburg. And, yes, they’re worth the wait. Beer too, including cans, drafts, and bottles. Check the calendar for the entertainment schedule.
Located in the Meatpacking District, Gansevoort Market offers an alternative to some of the neighborhood’s clubby, boozy box restaurants. Developers transformed a ho-hum storage space into an airy 8,000-square-feet of seating, browsing, and eating. Offerings range from Neapolitan pizza, to macaroons, to BBQ sandwiches, to nuts, to cheesecake, to lobster rolls, to salads, to flowers. You can get your food to go, of course, or you can sit in the cute dining area, complete with skylight.
Gotham West Market opened to much fanfare in 2013, and the crowds haven’t totally died down just yet. They’re drawn to such vendors as Blue Bottle Coffee (serving some of the best coffee around), Court Street Grocers (serving some of the best sandwiches around), and Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop (serving some of the best ramen around). In addition, the cool industrial space in Hell’s Kitchen often features pop-ups, including gourmet ice cream purveyor Jeni’s (pictured). Perfect for a pre-theater dinner or post-stroll on the High Line.
Hudson Eats makes everybody happy. First, there are the views: seating in this second floor space overlooks the New York Harbor and New Jersey beyond. Second, there are the choices. Oh my, the choices. From gourmet bagels at Black Seed Bagels, to fresh sushi from Blue Ribbon, to seasonal veggies from Dig Inn, to juicy burgers from Umami Burger, to cupcakes from Sprinkles, you won’t go hungry here.
Why, yes, the Plaza Food Hall is located in the Plaza, one of the city’s most elegant and famous hotels. But you don’t have to be a guest to head downstairs to the Food Hall, home to such vendors as No. 7 Sub (for sandwiches), Vive la Crêpe (for crêpes [pictured]), Lady M (for lovely pastries), Luke’s Lobster (for seafood), Ora di Pasta (for pasta), and YoArt Frozen Yogurt Boutique. Find a seat in the 32,000-square-foot space, or take your food across the street and have a picnic in Central Park.