Holiday gift getting season has arrived and, like most people, you’re bound to have a foodie on your list. Here are some markets to scoop out for the best food-related options. By Siobhan Wallace.
Union Square Market is the place to find everything (or at least get ideas) for anyone on your list. For the food and drink obsessed, head to the Brooklyn Salsa, Momofuku Milk Bar, Brooklyn Brew Shop, or Kombucha Brooklyn boothes. The first two have delicious treats, while the others have gifts for beginning brewers. While you’re at it, grab yourself a meatball slider from Mighty Balls – you won’t regret it.
The summertime Hester Street Fair comes back during the holiday season with their Night Market, the perfect destination for the weekend Nolita crowds. There’s a courtyard full of goodies like marshmallows from Kitty Lee Thomas Sweets, jams from Heidi’s Homemade, and chocolate from Brooklyn Dark.
Each Sunday through December, a new lineup of vendors will be at the New Amsterdam Market. After picking up a delicious taco from Lonestar Taco, stop by Anarchy in a Jar for jam, Bees Needs for honey, and Kings Jerky for jerky.
The earliest holiday market to open this season was the one in Bryant Park, complete with its ice rink. Stop by Pickle Me Pete for a batch of briny pickles or for sweet chocolate, there’s No Chewing Allowed! and Raaka Chocolate. But be sure to pick up a doughnut from Dough–you won’t be disappointed.
Further uptown, Columbus Circle’s Holiday Market is in full swing. Less crowded than its downtown sister market at Union Square, it’s still a good spot to get some presents with a hot cup of cider in hand. For treats to nibble on, head to the Crafted Cookie booth or pick up a wafel at Wafel & Dinges.
No surprise here, at least not for the Brooklyn-based foodies. Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Night Bazaar is held in a warehouse and has a distinctive nightlife feel to it. Pick up jars of condiments from Arirang Kimchi and Bootleg Farms, or sweet treats from Macaron Parlour and Super Foxy Sweets, all while eating a cone from Ample Hills Creamery.
Siobhan Wallace is the co-founder of BlondieandBrownie.com.