City Kitchen

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Whether it’s a continuing trend, or just the new normal, food halls are still sprouting up in NYC. I’ve visited Gotham West Market, Hudson Eats, and Gansevoort Market, all food halls housing some great food and beverage options. The newest to join the list, opened just a few days ago in Times Square. Now, I really dislike being in Times Square. Sure, if you’re a tourist, the idea of Times Square is probably spectacular…Broadway shows, all the lights, live network TV tapings you can squeeze yourself into. But, as a New Yorker, walking through tons of people parked in the middle of the side walk with a map out, and passing 3 Elmo characters (one with his head off, getting some air), you’ve got to give me a good reason to take a trip over there. Well, with some names like Dough, Luke’s, and ilili Box, I was down to check out City Kitchen in Times Square. 

The space is open, simple, and clean, lined with white tile. There’s seating in the middle, and wrap around counter seating, looking out toward 8th Avenue. While this food hall is smaller than some others, it has just enough to cover all bases, and not overwhelming to the customer. Below are all of the vendors, in no particular order:

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Azuki is a Japanese Sushi restaurant.

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ilili Box is inspired Mediterranean takeaway.

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Dough makes scratch made delicious doughnuts. 

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Gabriela’s Taqueria serves authentic Mexican food.

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Kuro-Obi is the ramen concept of well know ramen restaurant, Ippudo.

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Luke’s has fresh Maine lobster, crab, and shrimp rolls. 

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Whitman’s serves burgers with seasonal and local ingredients. 

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Wooly’s Shaved Snow has shaved snow with choices of toppings. 

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Sigmund’s Pretzels has different flavors of soft pretzels. 

The Shorts:
Name: City Kitchen
Location: 700 8th Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? If we take Times Square out of the equation, then yes. All the food concepts inside, and the aesthetic itself are really great, and worth the visit.
Would I recommend it? If you haven’t been, or find yourself in the area, definitely give it a visit and snag up some delicious food. Once you’re inside, you’ll totally forget about all the Elmos. 

Gansevoort Market

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Collaborative food markets are having a moment in this past year. From Gotham West Market, to Hudson Eats, food hall or food court style spaces are housing some great talent all under one roof. The most recent to join this trend is Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking District.

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Once occupied by a club, this open space now has an array of food offering with a seating section underneath an incredible skylight and wrapped up in branches and bits of nature. Below are a list of all the vendors, in no particular order. 

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Dojo Sushi is serving authentic Japanese cuisine and sushi.

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Tacombi serves Mexican street food and tacos.

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Champion Coffee serves coffee.

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Heermance Farm Purveyors has organic produce from the Hudson Valley.

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Luzzo’s has coal oven pizza.

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The Bruffin Cafe serves a muffin-brioche-like pastry filled with quality ingredients.

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Pig Guy NYC serves BBQ.

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Yiaourti has a Greek yogurt bar with sheep’s milk yogurt.

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Crêpe Sucre is a French crêpe bar.

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Ed’s Lobster Bar serves New England seafood.

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Gansevoort Bakery is a Greek bakery.

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Cappone’s is an authentic Italian specialties and sandwich shop.

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Our True Roots makes beverages and snacks from tiger nuts.

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Dana’s Bakery makes French macarons.

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Lov Organic has organic teas.

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Feel Food has organic juice and highly nutritious food.

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Donostia serves Spanish tapas.

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Flower Girl has whimsical flower arrangements.

The Shorts:
Name: Gansevoort Market 
Location: 52 Gansevoort Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, there are lots of great vendors here, really something for everyone, in an accessible and open space.
Would I recommend it? For sure. It makes a great pit-stop for a coffee or snack, or, grab a bite and dine in their forest-like dining space. Plus, you’re right by the High Line, so, you can really make a day of it.