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This impressive Greenmarket has been a fixture since 1970, with farmers from nearby regions bringing their bounty to New York City residents. On greenmarket days, devoted urbanites gather in Union Square to browse and purchase the finest selection of farm goods available, including fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. In addition to items like herbs, lettuces, apples and potatoes, there are homemade breads and pies, cider and preserves, and numerous other items (depending on the season). If you look closely, you might see a celebrity chef or two among the market's buyers.
Created in what was once the New York Nabisco factory, Chelsea Market is a veritable paradise for food lovers. The market complex stretches an entire city block, housing an exceptional assortment of vendors between its charming brick walls. Hungry visitors rave about treats like lobster rolls, artisanal chocolates, and freshly baked pastries while others drop by to browse the latest trends at Anthropologie or stock up on their favorite reds at the Chelsea Wine Vault. Alongside trendy shops and gourmet vendors, this fascinating landmark also hosts offices for such household names as Google and the Food Network. Whether you swing by to sate your culinary cravings, shop for homewares until you drop, or enjoy some quality people watching amid mouthwatering aromas, Chelsea Market is a must-do for all Manhattan shoppers.
Located on Fifth Avenue across from Madison Square Park, Eataly is all about the delights from the peninsula. This mega-mart of Italian cuisine has a incredible amount of comestibles to eat inside or to take home. The entire market layout is ultra clean, a bit confusing and always crowded. With several restaurants within the market, Eataly may be a little overwhelming at times. Also, you may have to wait a long time to get a table, but if you look hard enough there might be space to fit in somewhere to sample a few wines, cheeses, meats or whatever else you can think of that has a "Made in Eataly" stamp on it. Who doesn’t like the idea of being able to drink a glass of wine while you shop? Eataly NYC is great for a fun shopping and sampling experience of the Italian kind.
Associated with the popular flea market, Brooklyn Flea, the food court of Smorgasburg includes more than 75 food vendors that bring some of the most innovative and amazing offerings into the equation like the fabled Ramen Burgers by Keizo Shimamoto or Asiandogs from Williamsburg. In operation in two locations every weekend, Saturdays on North 7th Street in Williamsburg and Sundays at the Pier 5 of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Smorgasburg is the place to be if you're an experimental foodie!
If you are bored with the collection at showrooms and sophisticated boutiques, and are in search for something unique, Artists & Fleas will definitely please you. This market is a hub for rare finds created or sought by local designers and artists. More than 60 vendors entice shoppers with vintage wear, jewelry, handicrafts and other knick-knacks. A great place to witness the local scene, Artists & Fleas makes for a delightful shopping experience.
Kalustyan's considered by many to be the best Indian deli in Manhattan, this well-known Murray Hill cooking store offers plenty of goods to make the perfect chicken tikka, curried vegetables or other Indian specialties. Choose from loads of nuts, dried fruit, bags of spices or jars of specialty items on display in the store. There is also a restaurant in the back that serves delectable and affordable Middle Eastern sandwiches.
Grand Central Market at Grand Central Terminal is a cluster of stalls where you will find all kinds of food. Eli Zabar's Farm to Table is where you can buy some fresh, local produce. At Murray's Cheese, there are over 250 varieties of cheese on offer. At Pescatore Seafood Co, you can buy caviar, live lobsters and prepared items. The market is open every day of the week.