Essex Street Market
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Unknown, 1940

Essex Street Market is a historic public market located on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Opened in 1940 as part of Mayor LaGuardia's public market network, Essex Street Market has been in continuous operation for 77 years, serving local residents with fresh produce, prepared food, and gourmet and specialty items. Throughout its history, Essex Street Market has evolved to meet the needs of its changing neighborhood, from Jewish and Italian immigrants, to the more recent arrival of Dominican and Puerto Rican shoppers. As a result, the vendors at Essex Street Market offer a wide range of culinary products that showcase the rich cultural and historical traditions of the area. Cheesemongers, butchers, grocers, and fishmongers sell alongside coffee roasters, French bakers, and fresh juicers.

Visitors can also sample everything from fried risotto balls, to vegan Japanese delicacies, to classic Greek dishes. In 2018, Essex Street Market will move to its new home which lies at the cornerstone of Essex Crossing, a multi-use development project that will transform the Lower East Side with 1.9 millions square feet of residential, commercial and community space over the next decade. This is the LAST year of OHNY where visitors will be able to see this historic space—a true relic of the old Lower East Side filled with nearly a century's worth of New York City food history.

Saturday & Sunday Tour Info: Tours offered at 12 and 1:30pm on both days will include an overview of the market's 70+ year history and its impact on the Lower East Side, as well as a small tasting five vendors paired with their business' personal background. (40 min)

 

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