Although it seems like winter may never end, the opening dates have been released for many of New York City’s seasonal pop-up markets, finally signaling the start of warmer weather. This spring, try standbys like Smorgasburg, Broadway Bites, and the Hester Street Fair. Or check out under-the-radar, but just as tasty, pop-ups like the Red Hook Food Vendors and LIC Flea & Food. To make it easy to taste test the endless options offered up, we’ve put together a list of 11 pop-up food markets coming to the city this season.
Greeley Square, Midtown
Summer market runs May 2- June 15
Urbanspace NYC operates both public year-round food halls (like Urbanspace Vanderbilt and Urbanspace 570) as well as a few pop-up food markets in Manhattan. Wedged between 32nd and 33rd Street, Broadway Bites opens daily during the summer and fall and includes some of the city’s most beloved vendors. Last season, the pop-up brought Jicama California Street Food, Red Hook Lobster Roll, Domo Taco, and more. While the market squeezes onto a small parcel of land, there is definitely no shortage of high-quality, yummy snacks. The summer market kicks off May 2 and will be open from 11 am to 9 pm.
Mad. Sq. Eats
Worth Square, Flatiron District
Spring market runs May 5- June 1
Mad. Sq. Eats, a semi-annual culinary market, will pop up just in front of the Flatiron Building between 24th and 25th Streets starting May 5. Operated in partnership between the Madison Square Park Conservancy and Urbanspace, Mad. Sq. Eats brings classic vendors like Roberta’s and Gotham Poké to the historic neighborhood, as well as impressive newbies. Last fall, flavorful favorites like Chick’n Cone, KBBQ by Korilla, Renegade Vice Parlour and Gumbo Bros set up shop. This spring we’re expecting the same, if not even tastier, goodies. Mad. Sq. Eats operates daily from 11 am to 9 pm.
Urbanspace Garment District
Broadway and 40th, Midtown West
Spring market runs June 4- July 13
This spring foodies in Midtown will be able to enjoy Urbanspace’s Garment District pop-up, a market serving up delectable goodies beginning June 4. Last summer, the market, located between 39th and 40th Streets, featured a beer garden as well as well-known vendors like Croton Reservoir Tavern, Coney Shack, La Sonrisa Empanada and more.
9th Avenue International Food Festival
Ninth Avenue between 42nd Street and 57th Street, Midtown West
May 19 & May 20
Stretching fifteen blocks along Manhattan’s Ninth Avenue, this international food festival calls itself the oldest and largest food market in the city. The two-day only event will feature food from around the world, more than 60 booths of artwork, children’s rides and live performances. This year, vendors will sell jerk chicken, cheese curds, fried Oreos, empanadas, pot stickers and much more. Check out the endless dining options on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 10 am to 6 pm.
90 Kent Ave in Williamsburg and East Drive at Lincoln Road in Prospect Park
Opens March 31 in Williamsburg & April 1 in Prospect Park
As the largest weekly open-air food market in the U.S., Smorgasburg has evolved into a real institution in Brooklyn. With two locations, Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays, the market offers something for all taste buds, with over 100 vendors and plenty of Instagram-worthy dishes. Last season, Smorgasburg welcomed new vendors like Baked Cheese Haus, Ube Kitchen and Destination Dumplings.
Red Hook Food Vendors
Red Hook Recreation Fields, Red Hook
Runs from the end of April to end of October
Craving authentic Latin American food? Head to the seasonal pop-up run by the Red Hook Food Vendors, a group of Vendy Award-winning food truck chefs and merchants that set up at the ball fields in the Brooklyn neighborhood. As the marketplace’s 44th year of operation, expect perfected traditional dishes like pupusas from El Olomega and horchatas and aquas frescas from Vaquero. At the end of April, the market will open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm until the end of October.
Queens International Night Market
New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Saturdays, April 21st- Aug 18 and Sept. 29- Oct 27th
Since 2015, the Queens International Night Market has celebrated the borough’s diversity with over 100 independent food and art vendors. Even better, food is capped at $5 or $6. Mouth-watering offerings include pork and duck buns at C Bao, ramly burger from the Malaysian Project and Japanese rice flour crepes from Tswirl. There is also a fenced-in beer and wine garden. Held at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the spring market starts up Saturday, April 21st, from 6 pm to 12 am.