Too early to start thinking about long sleeves and jackets? Maybe. But it’s not too early to start your end of summer checklist. While it’s still warm outside, make sure you take a trip to the best outdoor markets in NYC.
NEW AMSTERDAM MARKET
The New Amsterdam Market, located slightly east of the South Street Seaport, is a mix between a green market and a street fair. You’ll find fresh produce, local wines and canned goods in addition to prepared food like lobster rolls, popsicles and even meat pies! Check the website before you go as many times there are themed days (IE Local Wine Weekend or Oyster Fest.) And across the street is the Fulton Street Stall Market which features a smaller selection of prepared goods like jam, coffee and wine.
Hours & Location: Sundays, 11a-4p (except September 4 & November 27) // Fulton Fish Market
Website: http://www.newamsterdammarket.org // Fulton Stall Market: http://fultonstallmarket.com
HESTER STREET FAIR
The Hester Street Fair is a foodie’s paradise. While nearly 75% of the vendors change each week, some of the regulars include Luke’s Lobster, Mighty Balls, Daisy Duke’s BBQ and The Shaved Ice Shop. You’ll still find some local produce, but the emphasis is much more on the culture of the LES and vendors that encompass that culture than plain produce.
Hours & Location: Saturdays, 10a-6p // Hester St. & Essex St.
Brooklyn Flea is best known for the art of thrifting. The hunt is on for unique vintage items – from furniture to clothes, from jewelry to art. Local artists sell their wares for reduced rates and each vendor has amazing stories to tell.
Hours & Location: 10a-5p
Saturdays: 176 Lafayette Ave (Ft Greene)
Sundays: East River Waterfront (Williamsburg)
Smorgasburg is run by the same people who run the Brooklyn Flea, but is entirely food focused. My mouth is watering over Speedy Romeo‘s hand-pulled mozzarella topped with salsa verde and seasonal garnishes that Daily Candy featured in their guide to the market. Like the New Amsterdam Market, many Saturdays are themed (ex: Drinks Day & Meatopia) so check the website for favorites and mark your calendars in advance.
Hours & Location: Saturdays 9a-5p // 127 North Street (at the waterfront)
UNION SQUARE GREENMARKET
If you’re looking to stock up on produce, the Union Square Greenmarket has the largest selection. In addition to loads of fresh-picked veggies and fruits, you’ll also find a great selection of artisanal cheeses & breads, locally produced wine and locally sourced meat. It can be a bit crowded on Saturday, but it’s always worth the chaos.
Hours & Location: 8a-6p Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday // Union Square