The weather might be cooling down, but the outdoor market season is still going strong. Over the past few years, New York has seen a surge in the number of outdoor markets where food, not crafts, are the main draw. Here are the top five markets that are not to be missed on crisp autumn days. By Siobhan Wallace.
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138 Willoughby Street, at Flatbush Avenue
Since opening its gates earlier this summer, the Dekalb Market has been finding its stride. In the past few weeks, the Market, which is made of recycled shipping containers, has doubled in size and includes outposts of Jacques Torres Chocolates, Maharlika, Joe, and Cheeky Sandwiches. They’re hosting a number of events throughout the fall including pie bake-offs, haunted houses, and fire pits for marshmallow roasting.
Saturdays, 10pm to 5pm
East River between North 6th and 7th Streets
Another market that made its debut this year was Williamsburg’s Smorgasburg, an extension of the Brooklyn Flea. This market is solely dedicated to food, with stalls for everything from doughnuts to jam to Greenmarket vegetables. As we move closer to Thanksgiving, be on the lookout for holiday specials to appear from some of New York’s best artisanal vendors. The season is scheduled to end on Saturday, November 19th.
Hester Street Fair
Essex Street at Hester Street
Though Hester Street Fair is scheduled to end its season in two weeks, these last few chances, this Sunday and next Saturday, are not to be missed. This weekend, they are holding one of the biggest fall celebrations around with over 75 food vendors including restaurants Ditch Plains and The Brindle Room. Be on the lookout for great fall-flavored treats.
Union Square Holiday Market
Union Square Park
Opening on Friday, November 18th, the annual Union Square Holiday Market may feel a little different this year. Plan on seeing more food vendors located throughout the market, serving up apple cider, gingerbread cookies, cupcakes, and macarons, along with more savory treats.
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
42nd Street and 6th Avenue
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park has increasing grown every year, and will be the first of the holiday markets when it opens next week. To help celebrate its ten year anniversary, they will be giving away over $50,000 over the course of the season. Some of the returning food vendors include Max Brenner, Big Apple Cider, and Wafels & Dinges. The perfect way to nourish yourself after a round of ice skating.
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Siobhan Wallace is the co-founder of BlondieandBrownie.com.