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5 food halls in New York City to explore food from around the world

I always say and repeat that New York is a rich city in terms of gastronomy. There are restaurants with the most varied cuisines, as well as different concepts, not to mention street food. In addition, there are many fantastic food markets – from food courts to spaces specializing in specific cuisines. In today’s post, I want to highlight five of them that worth a visit, as these places will allow you to travel the world through food without leaving New York.

Eataly

It’s probably not new to this list, but it couldn’t be left out, as it is undoubtedly the forerunner of themed food halls. As the name suggests, Eataly specializes in Italian cuisine – and has a lot of locations in the US. Here in New York, there are two of them. It features a pasta and pizza restaurant and also and meat restaurant, in addition to the Birreria rooftop, which changes its menu and decor according to the season. Eataly also features a wine bar, coffee shop, ice cream shop, and pastries station. And, of course, you can shop for Italian products – there’s everything: oils, sauces, cookies, chocolates, utensils… There is also fresh pasta, as well as fruits and vegetables.

  • One more insider tip: it’s worth checking the Eataly events calendar – there are always classes and special events.
  • Address: 200 5th Ave / 101 Liberty St 3rd Floor.

Le District

Located at Brookfield Place in Downtown, Le District celebrates French cuisine. There are 4 restaurants: Liberty Bistro, which is a classic French brasserie with a patio overlooking the Hudson River; L’appart, with a Michelin star and a seasonal menu that changes monthly; Le Bar, with artisanal drinks and a wine list, and Bar a Vin, with 32 rotating wines paired with over 200 cheeses and homemade charcuterie. In addition, Le District has a crepe station, coffee shop, and marketplace – you can buy cheeses, cookies, and other products.

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  • Address: Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street.

Mercado Little Spain

This project owned by the renowned chef Jose Andres is located at Hudson Yards. The large area has 10 vendors kiosks, food court style, offering Spanish tapas, churros, cheeses and paellas, a mini market with products imported from Spain and 4 more restaurants with table service with menus featuring seafood, steak and tapas. A true celebration of Spanish cuisine.

Japan Village

I believe this is the least known among tourists and even locals – perhaps because of the fact that it is located in Brooklyn, more precisely in the Industry City complex. Japan Village has 10 restaurants that bring the best of Japanese cuisine, including sushi, ramen, street food, Japanese pastries, drinks and much more! Another highlight of the Japan Village is the Sunrise Market, a Japanese grocery store that has everything you can imagine: candies, spices, frozen foods and even a cosmetics section. In addition, Sunrise Market also features a variety of authentic Japanese cuisines, including a tofu market with homemade tofu, yuba and soy milk. The Japanese butcher, operated by Japan Premium Beef, features wagyu and washugyu beef. At the seafood market, you can buy sushi and fresh seafood.

Tin Building

Although Tin Building is not focused on just one cuisine, I thought it would be worth including it because it is owned by the renowned chef Jean-George and is a paradise for anyone who loves to eat! It has 12 restaurants – It features 12 restaurants – 6 fast-casual and 6 with table service plus marketplaces. Pizza, French Cuisine, beers, candies – there are so many options that it’s hard to choose! There is also a marketplace: you can buy fruits and vegetables, meat, seafood, as well as many local products.

Did you know? Tin Building opened in the area in 1907, and it used to house the Fulton Fish Market. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy destroyed buildings and businesses in the area. In 2018, the Tin Building was raised and relocated 32 feet east as a measure against extreme weather conditions.

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