Taste the world at these indoor dining hubs, some with cultural themes, others just a gathering of excellent NYC eats.

See our guide to family-friendly food in NYC for more delicious adventures.


Eataly NYC Downtown

185 Greenwich Street

The 40,000 square feet  outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and (post-pandemic) weekend kids cooking classes.

Choose from five restaurants, nine take-away counters (including gelato), two caffès, and one wine bar. Shop more than 10,000 high-quality imported Italian and local seasonal products spread over the f , including  salt, extra virgin olive oil, dried pasta, fresh truffles, aged balsamic vinegar and a mix-and-math Venchi chocolate bar.

Watch fresh pasta shapes, gooey mozzarella cheese and other products being made.

Look for more than 500 signs that tell the story of different products, from ancient tradition to modern place in Italian cuisine, plus a cool pasta shape map of Italy. Shop for kid-friendly kitchenware and books.

Essex Market

88 Essex St

Sample fresh, affordable, and high quality food and other items from 40+ small businesses in this Lower East Side fixture.

Shop vendors with individual stories and distinctive personality for delicious treats like cupcakes from Sugar Sweet Sunshine, cheeseburger empanadas from Dominican Cravings, ube ice cream from  L.E.S. Ice Cream Factory and many more diverse options.

Lots of tables available at the light-filled mezzanine with a view to a demo kitchen, or sit outside on the Essex Market Street Seat on Broome St. on the southern end of the market. If you are 4 people or less, sit down for a memorable meal at over-the-top pancake emporium Shopsin’s.

Engaging displays by the entrance tell the market’s history that began 1818 as a covered market on Grand Street between Essex and Ludlow streets. In the basement, find 20+ more vendors at the  Market Line, spacious bathrooms and a Tenement Museum exhibit ‘An America Potluck’ featuring evocative ethnic food

Mon–Thu 8 am–8 pm
Fri–Sat 8 am–9 pm
Sun 10 am–6 pm
Individual vendor hours vary

Le District

220 Vesey Street

Mangez on freshly made croissants, crepes, frites and more delicious treats in a French shopping district within happening Brookfield Place. Take your treat to the terrace for a view of the French-in-origin Lady Liberty.

Tin Building by Jean-Georges

Fulton & Front Streets

Explore an array of culinary experiences at acclaimed chef Jean-Georges sprawling culinary destination located in lower Manhattan’s historic Seaport.

The two-story waterfront building offers houses multiple restaurants with open kitchens, innovative retail concepts including an exquisite candy and gelato shop and an impeccably stocked market.

Sit down at a variety of lovely restaurants, or browse stands specializing in cheese, crepes, butchery and more. Find tacos, dosas, dumplings, sushi, sake,  craft beer, chocolate, made-to-order ice cream and more.


Gotham West Market

600 11th Avenue between 44th & 45th Streets Midtown

Sample a mix of some of best eats in the city including Blue Marble ice cream, Corner Slice’s square pizza, La Palapa’s fresh tacos and more in an indoor, weather-proof hall with some patio seating.

Monday-Sunday 11 am–9 pm

Mercado Little Spain

30 Hudson Yards

Experience the delicious diversity of foods and drinks from all corners of Spain. Get a quick bite from the food kiosks around tables in a bustling area inspired by Spain’s historic market halls, go tot he plaza for a picnic or sit down at full-service restaurants.

Food at Chelsea Market

75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street

Choose from doughnuts, tacos, hand-pulled noodles, lobster rolls, gelato and many more delicious options at this indoor market housed in a former factory. Covered outdoor tables available along 15th and 16th Streets.

Shopping options include books, chocolate and fun Chinese merchandise & snacks at Pearl River Mart. Find all sorts of sweet treats at a new outpost of legendary Economy Candy.

Look for art installations among twinkling lights and cool decor at this always happening historic market.

The narrow walkways can get very crowded, so best to visit earlier in the day and/or on weekdays. Hours vary by vendor.

Bathrooms available on both floors, but the line can be quite long.

See our guide to Chelsea/Meatpacking.

Food at Bryant Park

42nd Street & Fifth Avenue

To-go kiosks feature favorite savory and sweet treats in one lovely location, plus get unique treats at the seasonal rinkside Lodge. Choose from bureks and chocolate Babka from Bread Bakery, salad and mint lemonade from Le Pain Quotidien and wafels and ice cream from Wafel and Dinges (or all of the above). Lots of tables and chairs available.

If the weather is not cooperative with al fresco dining, take the food to the leaf-covered lobby of the Citibank on the northwest corner of 42nd Street & Sixth Avenue or visit Danish bakery Ole & Steen and French patisserie Angelina Paris across 40th Street at Sixth Avenue.

Relax and recharge at outdoor restaurant The Porch, located near the southern end of the Fountain Terrace. Dine on burgers, salads and more (plus a full bar for grown-ups) on swings and lounge furniture (daily 12-9 pm, weather permitting).

The more formal Bryant Park Grill features New American-style dining set behind the New York Public Library on the park’s Upper Terrace Bryant. Reservations suggested for the dining room, but the outdoor patio garden and rooftop garden are first-come-first-service. From mid April to November (weather permitting), the adjacent Bryant Park Café features a more casual new American-style menu and bar (daily 11:30am-8:30pm).

Urbanspace @ Vanderbilt

East 45th Street & Vanderbilt Avenue

Urbanspace brings their popular outdoor markets indoor  two blocks from Grand Central in a cool historic space (with bathrooms).

Sample 20 vendors including Robertas pizza, La Palapa tacos and Dough around a seating area with lots of tables.

Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 8 pm
Saturday 7 am – 5 pm

Eataly Flatiron

200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street

This large Italian marketplace has restaurants, food counters, mozzarella making, Italian groceries, housewares and a nutella bar. We love the delizioso pizza, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken…really just about everything. One of our favorite spots for chocolate and gelato.

The always-lovely rooftop greenhouse restaurant SERRA by Birreria changes seasonally. Seating for take-out is limited, especially during lunch and dinner hours when the whole place is crazy crowded, but lovely Madison Square Park is just across the street. A kiosk pops up in Flatiron Plaza during warmer months.

Daily 9 am–10 pm
Restaurant and counter hours vary


DeKalb Market Hall

445 Albee Square

This bustling basement food hall houses 40 diverse food vendors, including old-school & new-school NYC names. Feast on artisanal arepas, noodles, baos, donuts, french pastries, susgi, tacos, sushi, churros, crepes, frites, humus, ice cream and more.

Hours vary by vendor.

Japan Village

220 36th Street

Sample a range of delicious Japanese cuisine from sushi to smoothies in large food hall rooted in “omotenashi,” a Japanese approach to hospitality and mutual respect. Pick up noodles, dumplings, yakatori, Obanyaki stuffed with Nutella and more from variety of booths or sit down in a serene corner for omakase.

On the 20,000-square-foot second floor ‘The Loft,’ step into a representation of Japan with cool shops with items straight from the country as well as fun experiences like tea ceremonies and cultural classes. Shop for inexpensive toys, Hello Kitty and Sanrio home goods, crafting supplies, Japanese treats, items for the home and other kitschy stuff  at Daiso. BookOff, an outpost of Japan’s largest chain of used bookstores, offers a wide range of anime-related products, including manga, novels, CDs, DVDs, video games, figures, apparel, and accessories.

Industry City Food Hall

220 36th Street

From Korean comfort food to an avocado-focused cafe, Industry City hosts a huge range of Brooklyn-based purveyors. BBQ, pizza, bao buns, French pastries, artisanal ice cream, tacos, Mediterranean mezzes – whatever you’re craving you’ll probably find it here. Most of the vendors or in a central Food Hall but other shops can be found around the campus, including a few sit-down options. Also visit Japan Village for sushi, noodles, dumplings, yakatori and more.

Hour vary by store.

Time Out Market New York

55 Water Street

Sample some of the best NYC food: fluffy pancakes from the venerable Clinton Street Baking Co., thin-crust pizza from Patsy Grimaldi’s Juliana’s, Middle Eastern bites from Miss Ada, fried chicken from Jacob’s Pickles, Japanese comfort food from Bessou, cookie dough scoops from DŌ and more amazing eateries—all cherry-picked by Time Out New York. 21,000 delicious square feet over two floors with incredible views of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline.

Close to happening Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Monday–Thursday & Sunday 11am–10pm
Friday-Saturday Sat: 11am–11pm
Clinton St. Baking Company & Ess-a-Bagel 8am-4pm

Williamsburg Market

103 N 3rd St

This 15,000-square-foot market brings together Brooklyn industrial aesthetic with heavy French architectural influences. A 360 degree focal brass and marble bar and cozy dining room provide eating areas for 15+ excellent vendors.

Choose from Harlem Seafood Soul, Malai Ice Cream, legendary pizzeria Di Fara, Alidoro Italian Sandwich Shop and more spots offering vegan comfort food, Korean rice hotdogs with a variety of fillings, small batches of sourdough boules and more.

Mon-Thu 7 am–10 pm
Fri 7 am–12 am
Sat 8 am–12 am
Sun 8 am–10 pm


Arthur Avenue

2344 Arthur Avenue

Experience Little Italy in the Bronx with a variety of food vendors, filled-to-order cannolis and old-school atmosphere (including elderly gentlemen hand-rolling – but not smoking – cigars . We love the prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, eggplant parm and roasted peppers at Mike’s Deli; order in advance by phone to skip the often long line.

Other great options include Madonia Brothers Bakery a century-old bakery with a variety of breads, cookies and cannolis and Zero Otto Nove for pizza and and more Tuscan deliciousness.

Eat at outdoor heated tables or take a picnic to the nearby New York Botanical Garden or Bronx Zoo.


Pizza Making Workshop

Saturday March 25, 10:00 am
55 Water Street

Head to Fornino on the fifth floor of Time Out Market New York for a fun, kid-friendly pizza making workshop.

Includes pizza-making materials, dough, toppings, goodie bags, chef hats, aprons, sparkling pomegranate juice and  two complimentary tickets to Jane’s Carousel, which is right outside of the market.

Hello Spring

Saturday March 25, 4:00 pm
53 Prospect Park West

Decorate beautiful eggs, eat Colomba and chocolate eggs, delicious sweets of Italian Easter Tradition and shop for beautiful books. Includes delicious Italian refreshments for children and adults, Eggs Lab with Artist and Illustrator Costanza Musumeci, collective Art Project for children, tenderness and fun.

Franklin Avenue Festival & Brooklyn Art Walk

Saturday April 1, 2:00 pm
Franklin Avenue

Eat and drink all day and support local businesses and charities. Sample bites from a variety of local restaurants. Create art at a kids table and see works from Brooklyn’s artistic talent.

Spoons Toons All Ages ROCKS!

Saturday April 15, 12:00 pm
188 Prospect Park West

Introduce your favorite childhood cartoons to the next generation (or have them share theirs with us!) and enjoy an afternoon of music-themed animated entertainment and unlimited cereal.

This interactive cartoon watch party brings music-themed episodes of animated fun for any age group with a menu of over 200 cartoons from 1940 to 2020/ Kids and parents can compete in silly Double Dare-style challenges + cartoon trivia games anyone can play. Winners get prizes and to decide what cartoons the audience watches.

Help yourself to a free Cereal Bar stocked with delicious flakes and puffs, plus cereal-infused cocktails for the adults who want to imbibe.

Presented and hosted by SecretFormula’s cartoon and cereal experts Michael Austin and Nell Casey.