As I’m approaching my third summer in NYC, I can’t wait to dive into the summer festivals and street markets that go on nearly every weekend. It’s a fun way to get out of the apartment, people-watch, and indulge in cheap eats.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Essex Street Market, every Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm
120 Essex Street (at Delancey Street)
This market is on the small side, but there are some delicious finds. The majority of vendors are food-related, though there are also local artists and crafts. My mouth watered over the fresh cheese stands and local bakeries, and the Brooklyn Taco Co. was especially popular. After you peruse the market, Essex street is the perfect spot for a late afternoon stroll through the Lower East Side.
Chelsea Market, open year-round
75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16th Streets)
This indoor market isn’t solely a summer activity, but it’s a great place to escape the summer heat. The indoor food concourse includes nearly two dozen eateries and shops, with everything from gelato to lobster rolls. The space was originally a warehouse that housed Nabisco, formerly the National Biscuit Company. For curious foodies, there’s even a food tour that includes the market and Meatpacking district: http://www.foodsofny.com/chelseamarket.php
Feast of San Gennaro, September 12-23
Mulberry Street, between Canal Street and Houston Street
To finish off the season of summer festivals, don’t miss this 11-day festival in Little Italy, now in its 86th delicious year. The festival features a variety of Italian and other ethnic foods, including spicy Italian sausages, authentic cannolis and top-notch gelato. Many of the food carts serve organic, local fare fresh off their farms. If you’re feeling especially gluttonous, there’s no better time to try a deep-fried Oreo or Twinkie. Be prepared for the crowds.