Where there’s food, there’s drink.
Food hall concepts allow customers to browse various culinary vendors, with a drink in hand. Stroll one of these seven New York City food halls combining convenient cuisines and cocktails (plus coziness in cold temps) – all under one roof.
Tin Building by Jean-Georges
Deliciousness starts here at Tin Building – merci chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The 53,000 square-foot landmark hall holds four bars denoting “beer,” “wine” (you get it); a dozen sit-down restaurants and quick-ordering counters and tops covering Mexican, seafood, French, and vegan, and Central Market of confectionery, spices and aromatics, olive oils, coffee, and more – personally crafted by Jean-Georges and the world’s best artisans.
Citizens New York
Set in Brookfield’s sprawling new Manhattan West development is Citizens New York, an immersive culinary destination including market kiosks powered by a global food-tech platform; swanky cocktail lounge (connected to Katsuya by Chef Katsuya Uechi) called S Bar, and Casa Dani (or chef Dani Garcia’s “house”) serving avant-garde dishes and array of gin and tonics, with a touch of Spain’s Mediterranean south.
The goal here: “to democratize food” – from low to high-priced dishes and drinks in every service format.
Olly Olly Market
Blocks down from Manhattan West stands Olly Olly Market, a dining and drinking attraction boasting bright Bar Avant and subdued Aprés Bar – both built by James Beard winner Julia Momosé of Chicago’s Kumiko. The contrasting concepts oddly balance each other out within the restored space with great global influence (like the surrounding food vendors). A French flair stretches across both cocktail lists, as well as “sprinklings” of Japanese ingredients drawn from Momosé’s upbringing.
- Bar Avant is cheery and colorful as the focal point of the market, serving a wide selection of spritzes, single aperitifs, and other low-ABV libations like the Mauresque, layering gin, pastis, dill, orgeat, egg white, and club soda.
- Oppositely, Aprés Bar has a more mellow atmosphere, wrapped in dark wood with velvet accents, tucked away in a private corner of the hall. The menu focuses further on classic cocktails and absinthe service.
Amid Manhattan, Urban Hawker takes the tastebuds on a tingling tour (sans jet-lag) – from fried rice to fried bean curd pockets, curry, and prawn ramen. Conceptualized by KF Seetoh, founder of the World Street Food Congress and Makansutra, the authentic Singapore street food center features seventeen stalls from UNESCO-certified hawker centers representing essential cuisines like Malay, Chinese, Indian, and more.
Best part is, the 30-seat Sling Bar delivers gin-spun cocktails with a Singaporean swirl and Malaysian-inspired bites.
Long Island City
Airy, industrial, indoors – sounds like the perfect winter “chill-out,” right? With 215 indoor seats, JACX&CO. promises eclectic global provisions, plus “The Bar at JACX&CO.” pouring cocktails, wine, beer, seltzer, cider, sake… (and spirit-free beverages) to complement the vendors’ culinary menus. Order up and stroll the food emporium for your next bite (or snoop the 1.2 million square-foot creative office campus).
Alidoro Italian Sandwich Shop and/or Harlem Seafood Soul may sound familiar… Born from Moonrise Ventures, Williamsburg Market links established outposts and innovative upstarts in a 15,000-square-foot ‘French country farmhouse-meets-Brooklyn industrial’ building. Cocktail-making echos from the 360-degree brass and marble bar while placing orders via kiosk. Cheers to sipping and savoring delights (and drinks) in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge.
Time Out Market New York
Welcome to the world’s first editorially curated food and cultural market – bringing a
city’s best chefs, restaurateurs, and unique cultural experiences together. The first floor of Time Out Market showcases all eateries while the fifth floor rooftop provides everything you love about New York City’s top bars: cocktails worthy of a hidden speakeasy, panoramic views of the skyline, and happy hours to end your work (or WFH) day.
The bar’s creativity flows in line with the East River with drinks like the Dumbo Drop, mixing Brooklyn’s own Misguided Spirits Vodka, orange liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup. The waterfront market literally captures and celebrates the soul of New York City.
2022 has certainly been the year of the food hall in New York City—right?