The warm weather means outdoor market season is in full swing, and full of delicious food options. But what’s really worth it and what can you skip? Here’s a list of the best outdoor market eats to get you started.
Body & Soul Bakery
The four-days-a-week Union Square Greenmarket is by far the most well-known outdoor market in New York City, and with good reason. Any day you stop by you can find a plethora of produce and other food items, including baked goods. One sure-fire bet is stopping by Body & Soul vegan bakery, available on Mondays and Fridays in Union Square and Saturdays at Grand Army Plaza. Pick up one of their chewy cookies for a real treat—it’s one of the best things there on those market days.
Hot Bread Kitchen
Available at various Greenmarkets
Hot Bread Kitchen trains and assists new immigrants looking to enter into the food industry, and in return sells some of the more ethnic breads in New York City. One to especially look out for is there Moroccan M’smen—available at various Greenmarkets throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. One bite of this buttery, salty flatbread—that’s perfect on its own and for use as a wrap—and you’ll find yourself making special trips to the market for one.
DeKalb Market in Downtown Brooklyn is home to refurbished shipping containers made into shops, with a number of those being food vendors. On the savory side, you’ll want to visit the outpost of Chinatown’s Cheeky Sandwiches serving up authentic New Orleans-style sandwiches, or pick up Sicilian rice balls from Bushwick’s Arancini Bros. For dessert, a dozen mini donuts from Cuzin’s Duzin or one of Robicelli’s cupcakes can satisfy any sweet tooth.
Tree Licious Orchards
New Jersey’s Treelicious Orchards brings baked goods along with their produce to three New York City markets: Fridays at Union Square, Saturdays at Grand Army Plaza, and Sunday at 77th Street & Columbus. Get there early to get your hands on one of their cinnamon rolls or homemade pies, or the seasonal apple cider doughnut coated in cinnamon and sugar.
The Bent Spoon
Every New Amsterdam Market is filled to the brim with delicious food—perfect for your Sunday afternoon lunch grazing. One vendor worth its own trip is Princeton’s The Bent Spoon. Their creamy, smooth ice cream regularly makes national “Best of” lists, but they haven’t let that go to their head. Feel free to try any flavor they have on hand to make sure you choose your perfect scoop(s). They will be at the Market the first Sunday of every month through this season.
Siobhan Wallace is the co-founder of BlondieandBrownie.com.