Eat and Drink Food hall NYC: The place to eat, drink and mingle By Georgia Kral Updated September 25, 2016 1:57 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email No longer will one restaurant suffice. We want options. From Eataly to Gotham West Market to Hudson Eats, the food hall is the thing in NYC now. Giant spaces, a variety of eateries and communal tables lure customers with their endless opportunities for culinary mixing and matching and social interaction. We're into it. The Bowery Market Photo Credit: Ken Moore The latest food hall to join the ranks is the outdoor version of the food hall, The Bowery Market. This all-day, all-season market features stands from vendors including The Butcher's Daughter (juices, veggie bowls), Pulqueria (tacos and more), Alidoro (Italian specialties and sandwiches), Sushi on Jones and Champion Coffee. Bowery and Great Jones Street, thebowerymarket.com The Pennsy Photo Credit: Georgia Kral The Pennsy food hall opened in January 2016 in what many considered to be a black hole for suitable dining options: the Penn Station area. The 8,000-square-foot space is home to a bar, lots of seating and five food stalls. Check out Lobster Press from Marc Forgione; Mario by Mary, a Mario Batali and celebrity caterer and Pennsy manager Mary Giuliani joint; The Little Beet; Cinnamon Snail; and the meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda's first eatery. 2 Penn Plaza, thepennsy.nyc Urbanspace Vanderbilt Photo Credit: Ethan Covey Urbanspace Vanderbilt opened next door to Grand Central Terminal in September, 2015. Brought to you by the team behind many outdoor food pop-ups, Vanderbilt brings together vendors like Roberta's, Maiden Lane (premium tinned seafood), Delaney Chicken, No. 7 Veggie, Hard Times Sundaes (some say the makers of the best burger in NYC) and much more. 230 Park Ave., urbanspacenyc.com Great Northern Food Hall Photo Credit: Anders Schønnemann Claus Meyer's renowned Danish bakery Meyers Bageri is only one part of the Great Northern Food Hall, inside Grand Central Terminal. The Nordic-themed hall was conceived of by Meyer, the founder of what is considered by many to be the best restaurant in the world, Noma in Copenhagen. Stop by for open-faced sandwiches, salads, wines, coffee and more. 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, greatnorthernfood.com City Kitchen Photo Credit: City Kitchen This 4,000-square-foot food hall in Times Square opened in March, 2015. Vendors include: Luke's Lobster, Whitman's, Dough and Gabriela's Taqueria. 700 Eighth Ave., citykitchen.rownyc.com Hudson Eats Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Perhaps the food hall to rule them all is Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place, located downtown near the World Trade Center. It's fancy, it's beautiful and it boasts some of the city's top eateries. They include: Black Seed Bagels, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Mighty Quinn's, Num Pang Sandwich Shop, Tartinery and Umami Burger. 250 Vesey St., brookfieldplaceny.com Gotham West Market Photo Credit: Daniel Krieger Gotham West is one of the food hall pioneers. In the Hell's Kitchen market, you can start your day with Blue Bottle Coffee, hit up Uma Temakeria for a sushi burrito lunch and get a bowl from Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop for dinner. Other vendors include El Colmado, Genuine Roadside and The Cannibal. 600 11th Ave., gothamwestmarket.com Gansevoort Market Photo Credit: Aaron Zebrook The Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking District has tables for eating the foods from its many vendors including Dana's Bakery, Bangkok Bar, The Meatball Guys and Luzzo's pizza. 353 W. 14th St., gansmarket.com Eataly Photo Credit: Getty Images / Brad Barket Eataly first opened in 2010 and is different from other food halls in the city because, in addition to coffee bars and restaurants, they also stock groceries, produce, cheese, meat, fish and bread. And all the eateries are run by Eataly as opposed to other small food businesses operating within the confines of the Mario Batali empire. Eataly also operates a rooftop beer garden, Birreria, that can be enjoyed during all the seasons. 200 Fifth Ave., eataly.com Berg'n Photo Credit: Polly Higgins When Berg'n opened in Crown Heights in 2014 there was nothing remotely like it in the neighborhood. Boasting a huge bar, communal tables and food from vendors including Mighty Quinn's, Ramen Burger, Asia Dog and others, it quickly became a local go-to spot. The food vendors change constantly (the only one that's stayed is Mighty Quinn's) and it's open all day, with coffee and Dough donuts in the morning and alcohol in the afternoon and evening. The team behind Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea are also responsible for Berg'n. 899 Bergen St., bergn.com Plaza Food Hall Photo Credit: Plaza Food Hall via Facebook In the basement of this historic Plaza Hotel lies one of New York's best-kept secrets, open since 2012. Modeled after European food halls, this massive 30,000-plus-square-foot subterranean space includes vendors like Luke's Lobster, No. 7 Sub, Pain D'Avignon, Vive la Crepe, Piada, Tartinery and many more great lunch spots. Indoor seating is ample or take your lunch right across the street to Central Park.Plaza Hotel, Fifth Ave and Central Park South, Plaza Food Hall Bourdain Market Photo Credit: AnthonyBourdain via Facebook COMING SOON The chef, writer, traveler and TV star will soon become a restauranteur, with Bourdain Market slated to open in 2019. It will represent Bourdain's world travels, inspired in format by Singaporean hawker markets and serving diverse global cuisine. Details are scarce, but the location will be Pier 57, at 16th Street and the Hudson River. By Georgia Kral Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Ladybird, Mile End and more new restaurants to visit Stay in the know on new restaurants. 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