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NYC’s Best Outdoor Food Markets

April 19, 2017 - by Chelsey Grasso
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Want to make the most of the beautiful spring weather and warm summer sun? Then get yourself to these five outdoor food markets in the coming months. Not only will you get to enjoy the beauty of NYC from the outdoors, but you’ll also get to scarf down delicious city food while you do so. What could be better?

Best of NYC Outdoor Food Markets: Grand Bazaar (Upper West Side)

While most of New York City’s food markets are run seasonally, Grand Bazaar NYC will never let you down with its year-round Sunday schedule. That being said, you’ll definitely want to enjoy the outdoor marketplace during the warmer seasons. While there’s shopping to be had, you’ll find a plethora of food vendors to help fuel you up along the way: olive bars, specialty scones, pickled vegetables, “bruffins,” breakfast tacos, German butter cake, yuzu lemonade, jumbo lava chocolate chip cookies, strawberry rose petal donuts, and so much more. Don't miss special dedicated food days, like food truck rallies, the International Food Bazaar (June 4th), and the NYC Artisanal Ice Cream Blizzard (July 16th). 100 West 77th St., 212-239-3025,

Best of NYC Outdoor Food Markets: Smorgasburg (Brooklyn)

Smorgasburg is Brooklyn’s ultimate claim to food market fame, and it takes place on both Saturdays (Williamsburg) and Sundays (Prospect Park), which makes it even better. All of New York City’s coolest food vendors are there, from the famed, original Ramen Burger to Baked Cheese Haus, where cheese is melted on a wheel and then scraped across a toasted baguette. If you attend the Saturday market, you’ll get a breathtaking view of Manhattan, and if you attend the Sunday market, you’ll forget you’re even in the city amongst the natural beauty that is Prospect Park — take your pick! 90 Kent Ave. (Williamsburg) & Breeze Hill (Prospect Park), 718-928-6603,

Best of NYC Outdoor Food Markets: Mad. Sq. Eats (Flatiron)

Mad. Sq. Eats is a pop-up food market is now in its ninth year. Held in Madison Square Park, this outdoor food market makes exquisite use of public park space, semi-annually bringing in the most popular restaurants from around the city. Ice & Vice, Gotham Poke, Arancini Brothers, The Truffleist, Calexico, Roberta’s, Melt, and Red Hook Lobster Pound are just some of the past restaurants that have shown up for Mad. Sq. Eats. The spring installment of the market will take place from May 13th through June 9th in 2017. 1 25th St., 212-520-7600,

Best of NYC Outdoor Food Markets: Queens International Night Market (Queens)

Ashanty Chocolate, Burmese Bites, C Pao, Catmint Wheel Cake, Empanada Shop, House of Mac, Panda Café, Moon Man, Mahalo Bakery, Twisted Potato, Wood-Fired Edibles, and Moffle Bar will all be present at this year’s Queens International Night Market (open on Saturday evenings), amongst a plethora of other ethnically inspired food vendors. This family-friendly event often features up to 100 independent vendors that include not only food stands, but merchandise and art as well. This is definitely where you should be spending a warm summer night in the city. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St.,

Best of NYC Outdoor Food Markets: Hester Street Fair (Lower East Side)

Originally founded in 2010, Hester Street Fair has been going strong for over a half-decade — not bad considering New York City’s constant shuffling. This weekly Saturday (and sometimes Sunday) street fair hosts different themes throughout the summer, including “Lobster & Beer”, “Coffee Cold Brew Throwdown”, “Test Kitchen”, “Oktoberfest & Home Brew”, “Harvest”, and “Ice Cream Social”. Enjoy it all while you can, as it will be wrapping at the end of October. Hester St. & Essex St.,

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