Perfect 10 - September 2012
10am-11pm, 200 5th Avenue, www.eatalyny.com
Situated in the heart of the Flatiron district, Eataly is aiming to become a culinary institution like Zabar's (see opposite page).
The 4650m2 food temple, stacked with every kind of Italian foodstuff imaginable, was created by foodie bigwigs Mario Batali, Joe and Lidia Bastianich and Oscar Farinetti. The Birreria rooftop beer garden serves cask ales from hand pumps and Italian Alpine food.
Food Truck Bazaar
Hell's Kitchen Fleamarket, every second Sunday until October, 11am-5pm, W39th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues, www.hellskitchenfleamarket.com
Twice a month gourmet food trucks park up at this famous fleamarket. Regulars include the much-loved Red Hook Lobster Truck and the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck. The signature cone is the Salty Pimp (vanilla soft-serve covered with dulce de leche, chocolate and sea salt).
The New Amsterdam Market
Sunday 11am-4pm, The Old Fulton Fish Market, South Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip, www.newamsterdammarket.com
Part of a conscious attempt to revive the public markets that were once a central part of NYC life, this market has reinvigorated the historic East River market district. Browse the oysters from Rhode Island, honey from Bee's Needs and sausages from Brooklyn butcher Marlow & Daughters. Vendors change weekly.
Sunday to Thursday 8am-6pm, drinks until 10pm, Friday to Saturday 8am-8pm, drinks until midnight 138 Willoughby Street at Flatbush Avenue, www.dekalbmarket.com
In downtown Brooklyn, vendors peddle the latest foodie fads from brightly coloured shipping containers. Visitors can chomp their way through slow-braised meat sandwiches from Mayhem & Stout or Arancini Bros' famously excellent rice balls. Likely to relocate this autumn so check the website.
Saturday 11am-6pm, East River Waterfront, between North 6th & 7th Streets, Williamsburg, www.brooklynflea.com
Described by the New York Times as "the Woodstock of eating", the foodie wing of the Brooklyn Flea is an indie food enclave on the East River. Around 100 booths sell everything from ice-pops, made from locally grown fruit (People's Pops), to Korean BBQ (We Rub You).
Union Square Greenmarket
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 8am-6pm, Broadway at East 17th St, www.grownyc.org
This long-running market is about fresh, seasonal food, sold by those who produce it. Farmers, fishermen and bakers descend on Union Square where city dwellers eagerly await just-picked fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, meat and farmstead cheeses.
Hester Street Fair
Hester Street at Essex Street, Saturday 10am-6pm, www.hesterstreetfair.com
This tree-lined market on the Lower East Side attracts the best food vendors in the city. Stalls include Luke's Lobster, which comes straight from Maine; Brooklyn creamery Ample Hills, whose ice cream flavours include Salted Crack Caramel; and Prohibition Bakery - NYC's original alcoholic cupcake company.
2245 Broadway at 80th Street, www.zabars.com
Zabar's panders to New Yorkers' reputation for wanting the best possible produce exactly when they need it. It was started over 70 years ago by Louis and Lillian Zabar who wanted to sell the finest smoked fish in the city. The store now covers almost a whole city block, is open 365 days a year and is famous for its bagels, olives and cheese.
A member of the Zabar family is always in the store to advise.
Monday to Saturday 7am-9pm, Sundays 8am-8pm, 75 9th Avenue between 15th & 16th Streets, www.chelseamarket.com
Its location in the former National Biscuit Company building provides a pleasing backdrop of exposed brick and original factory floors. Amy's Bread draws a loyal following, as do raw food purveyors One Lucky Duck. The Filling Station specialises in natural oils and vinegars; reuse your jars and bottles and get a 10% discount.
Rockaway Beach Club
Boardwalk between Beach 74th & 106th Streets, the Rockaways, Queens, www.rockawaybeachclub.com
Finally, to the beach in Queens, where foodie hipsters have quietly created a culinary haven. Longstanding boardwalk joints such as Rockaway Taco and Veggie Island have been joined by trendy institutions Roberta's, Meat Hook, Caracas and Babycakes. Evening entertainment may include swing dancing and this month there's a honey festival too.