First J.C. Penney. Then Target. Now Food Courts?

Friday, July 18, 2014

From cupcakes to ramen, New York prides itself on setting culinary trends. Now, it seems the city is playing catch-up on one: food courts. Just don't call them that, try "Food halls."

Whether it's the variety of choices, the convenience of not having to schlep to out-of-the-way food spots or the lure to visit emerging neighborhoods that real estate developers desire, the food hall has arrived. Check out the latest in New York – and a preview what’s coming next.

Hudson Eats: Fourteen restaurants including cult-favorite Black Seed Bagels and Dos Toros taqueria, all with views of the Hudson River. 200 Vesey St.

Gotham West Market: Eight vendors including Blue Bottle Coffee and Ivan Ramen’s Slurp Shop. 600 11th Avenue (between 44th and 45th Streets)

Ivan Ramen at Gotham West Market


Berg’n: It’s being dubbed a beer hall but you can get Moto Pizza or Mighty Quinn’s barbecue at this Crown Heights food hall. Opening soon: 898 Bergen Street, Brooklyn.

UrbanSpace NYC plans a market with more than 25 vendors, mostly food, in a 12,000-square foot space across from Grand Central Station. Projected opening: Early 2015.

Claus Meyer, the Danish culinary pioneer and co-founder of Noma restaurant, plans a huge Nordic food hall and brasserie in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in early 2016. 



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Comments [10]

C. Vanderbilt


Grand Central Terminal!

*not* Grand Central Station.

It even says so right on the building, fer chrissakes. You'd think WNYC would know this.

Jul. 21 2014 06:01 PM
Martin O from Flushing

Yet another demonstration of lack of knowledge or lack of respect for the non Manhattan- non-Brooklyn hipster portion of New York City. As a lifelong resident of New York City, albeit Queens, I find articles like this extremely annoying.

Jul. 18 2014 12:22 PM
Mike G

The situation sounds like another barrier to entry for small businesses. Is there any doubt that the only restaurants who will be involved will be part of giant chains or restaurant groups?

Jul. 18 2014 11:57 AM
UWSProf from Upper West Side

It’s not really a food court, but I often refer to the west side of Amsterdam Avenue between 70 and 71 as “the food court.” It started decades ago with McDonald’s. Subway and Starbucks followed, then Pinkberry yogurt, Maoz falafel, and pizza, with the latest addition being Paris Baguette. My dogs love walking that block as there always seems to be a dropped fry or pizza crust to savor.

Jul. 18 2014 11:08 AM
John L. from Forest Hills

How about the food court in the New World Mall, on Roosevelt Avenue in downtown Flushing?

Jul. 18 2014 10:25 AM

What was old is new again. Both ferry terminals had these years ago - they're just being 'refreshed'. Same with the South Street Seaport. But all of a sudden, they've arrived. Sure.

Jul. 18 2014 10:25 AM
Rich from Bayonne

"Food Halls"... Yeah that's a fancy way to say gentrification, skyrocketing vending permits, and even more costs levied onto the consumers plate. Thank you, but I will stick with food trucks.

Jul. 18 2014 08:58 AM

What about Brookfield Place down by the Winter Garden? That is a huge food court--a little more "traditional," but I'm surprised it was not included.

Jul. 18 2014 08:10 AM
David L. from Washington Hts

You forgot Eataly, near the Flatirin Bldg.

Jul. 18 2014 07:55 AM

Odd that two already established "food halls" -- one at the Plaza and Eataly (which would qualify in some way) are not mentioned in this piece. How does the long-established food court at Grand Central differ from the one being built in Vanderbilt Hall? If this is supposed to be a story/report on a "new" trend, shouldn't already existing or trailblazing businesses in this realm be mentioned? Or was it just to focus on these business people and their new venture(s)?

Jul. 18 2014 07:47 AM

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