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Posted: Aug 09, 2017
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By: Abigail Barr

7 Food Halls That Will Solve Your Relationship Problems

Choosing where you and your plus-one are going to eat tonight is rarely an easy thing. If you can’t agree (and you’re more than a little hangry), it can go from a simple discussion to a full-on debate in which you’re lamenting, “We always go there!” or “We never eat this.” It may even get into character assassination territory: “You’re not adventurous enough to try Ethiopian food!” (Damn.)

Lucky for you, there is a solution, and New York City is filled with them: food halls. When my boyfriend and I go out, we often do these, as my diet pretty much consists of Asian foods, while he loves, like, a tuna sandwich. That’s when we head to Chelsea Market or the newly-opened Gansevoort Market, where we can both get exactly what we want, then circle back to share a table.

Here are some of the best markets around NYC that you and your person can visit for a fun and delicious date night, so that you both can leave happy (and full-stomached).


01

Gotham West Market

600 11th Ave

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Gotham West Market in Hell’s Kitchen and its sister location in Fort Greene (Market at The Ashland) are spacious with tons of neighborhood-specific eats you can’t find anywhere else. Take Ivan Ramen’s Slurp Shop, a ramen place that uses rye noodles instead of the traditional egg and wheat, then adds things like pastrami in your bowl. Other cool shops include Uma Temakeria (giant hand roll sushi), Ample Hills Creamery, an oyster bar, and a bike repair shop.

02

Dekalb Market Hall

Dekalb Market Hall

The best thing about the delicious Dekalb Market Hall? (Other than the food, of course?) The fact that it’s located right off the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center subway stop, which means you can take almost any line to get there. (Seriously, it’s got the 4, D, N, Q, R, 5, 2, 3, B, and W trains.) There are many specialty food stalls (pickles! green juice! fancy cheese!), plus a slew of diverse and utterly portable foods like jianbing (Chinese egg crepes) and arepas. And when you’re done eating, sidle on up to the incredible Alamo Drafthouse, a movie theater where you can continue your eating and drinking rampage while viewing the latest and greatest in cinema.

03

City Kitchen

700 8th Ave

City Kitchen

700 8th Ave

If you work in Midtown or are going to see a Broadway show and don’t want to be surrounded by tourists, City Kitchen is the place to be. Where else can you get lobster rolls, Dough donuts, and shawarma all in the same place, for under $15? The lacquered hotspot is located in a hotel, so you’ll feel clean and posh—even when Midtown feels like the dirtiest place in the world.

04

Smorgasburg

90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, among other locations

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Despite its “-Burg” name, Smorgasburg does not just take place in Williamsburg. It’s popped up at The Williamsburg Waterfront, Prospect Park, and indoors as well. Smorgasburg has some of the trendier food stalls (raindrop cakes! spaghetti donuts!), as well as a huge range of foods from different countries—often mashed up. Have you ever had Indian paratha bread with a Mexican taco filling? It’s the bomb.

05

Chelsea Market

75 9th Ave

Chelsea Market

The aesthetically pleasing Chelsea Market has been around over a decade, but that doesn’t make it any less of a go-to.There’s great food (Cambodian sandwiches, tacos, Korean ramen, and more) with a combination of sit-down restaurants and stalls. You can also shop around at stores like Anthropologie and, since Chelsea is truly a foodie neighborhood, a well-stocked restaurant supply shop, like Bowery Kitchen Supplies.

06

Gansevoort Market

353 W 14th St

Gansevoort Market

353 W 14th St

Gansevoort Market, newly reopened on 14th street, has fun and unexpected culinary choices, including sliders made from garlic knots, cones made of chicken, and food in jars. You can go high or low with your bills here, but rest assured, a $10 meal is completely doable.

07

Todd English at The Plaza

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If you’re in Midtown East and can’t find anything cheaper to eat than a $8 street pretzel, paired with a free truffle sample from the Lindt store, you may be surprised to find that a totally fun food hall is in the basement of The Plaza Hotel. The prices and food types range—I’ve seen dumplings for under $10, whereas lobster will go for upwards of $30—but you can also find eats from your favorite grab-and-go restaurants, including No. 7 Sub. There’s also a couple of cute stores in there, like Kuzmi Tea. (My personal favorite is the Russian tea, which is a tad expensive, but totally worth it.)

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