Like the, “can’t stop, won’t stop” metropolitan mentality—and clearly because we can't get enough—two new food halls have recently cropped up in New York City. Late last fall, real estate developer Philip Chong opened the 12,000-square-foot Canal Street Market, bringing a “carefully curated retail market & food hall” to the hustle and bustle of Chinatown. The retail portion features nearly 30 artists, including a 100-square-foot glass room to be used as a work station by an artist-in-residence. The food hall, which was unveiled this spring, features vendors largely influenced by the neighborhood, like Nom Wah Kuai dim sum, Ippudo’s Kuro-Obi ramen take-away, and Boba Guys bubble milk tea.
Across the East River in downtown Brooklyn lies the sprawling “food and entertainment center” known as DeKalb Market Hall, boasting 40 vendors that “reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the borough.” At the vendor forefront is Katz’s, marking their first outpost from the iconic space on Houston Street in the Lower East Side. Other notable eateries include Fletcher’s BBQ, Fulton Landing Seafood, Pierogi Boys and Ample Hills Ice Cream.
Back in New York City, two mega food personalities will have dueling food halls at the forthcoming Hudson Yards. José Andrés just announced he will open a 35,000-square-foot Spanish food hall with the help of molecular marvels Ferran and Albert Adrià. The space is said to house tapas eateries and wine bars, as well as Spanish food purveyors. Andrès will be in cahoots with his friend Anthony Bourdain, who is already in the process of constructing his widely-anticipated Singaporean-inspired Bourdain Market, set to open in 2019.
It’s unclear when the food hall fad will eventually die down, but there is one thing for certain—it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and Hudson Yard’s Pier 57 will be a culinary force to be reckoned with.