If you are a foodie like me and you travel to eat (or you live in NYC and you love to eat as well!), you will probably love this new thing: New York has got a new food market! The Time Out Market officially opened its doors to the public last Friday and I had to share this news with you. The market is in Dumbo, an incredible and beautiful area in Brooklyn, which is gaining more and more restaurants, shops and attractions, giving more reasons (as if the view itself was not enough) for people to explore the region.
Before talking about what you will find in the market, I want to explain a little about the concept. Time Out is a media company, with websites and guides on what to do in various cities around the world, such as New York, Barcelona, Los Angeles, London, Lisbon and other dozens of cities. Also, at least here in New York, they also publish a printed magazine, distributed for free, which has incredible content. I love the work that Time Out develops here in New York, it’s flawless. In 2014, the company went one step further and created the concept of Time Out Market and Lisbon was the chosen city to host the first market. With eight bars, a dozen stores, a high-quality music venue and 24 restaurants – from the best hamburger point and the best steakhouse to the tastiest sushi sensation – the best restaurants in Lisbon are all represented. We had the opportunity to get to know the place in 2017 when we visited Lisbon and was delighted. So that’s why I was so excited about the market opening in New York.
The most interesting thing about these places is the curation, which follows a simple rule: if it’s great, it goes in the magazine; if it’s unmissable, it goes in the market. According to the concept, a meal at Time Out Market means you’re really enjoying the most delicious dishes in town, a collection of everything you might want to eat, drink and see, all under one roof. In addition to Lisbon and New York, Time Out Market also has a location in Miami and will open units in Chicago, Boston, Montreal, London, and Prague.
Now, let’s get to the point: Time Out Market in New York. The location chosen is the Empire Stores building, facing the river, which also houses Cecconi’s and the Brooklyn Historical Society. Think of the Time Out Market as a gourmet food court – there are 21 dining options with salty and sweet options – plus a rooftop with incredible views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the city skyline.
Check out the options:
- Bar – a special menu of signature cocktails and brewskis made just for the market and served at all three bars.
- Fish Cheeks – specialized in seafood. The oysters are simply delicious, fresh and tasty.
- Bessou – Bessou’s clever take on Japanese comfort food has us craving dishes beyond standard sushi. Owner Maiko Kyogoku Owner Maiko Kyogoku, who worked for contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, opened a stylish space in Noho for chef Emily Yuen’s innovative plates, many of which draw from Kyogoku’s family recipes. Yuen adds a modern twist on classics with her bento bowl teeming with soy beef brisket and the chicken karaage dusted with Moroccan spices
- Mr. Taka – Takatoshi Nagara, the head chef behind the lauded Bigiya Ramen in Tokyo, and his friend Takayuki Watanabe brought their acclaimed Japanese noodle soup to the Lower East Side with the opening of Mr. Taka in 2015.
- Center Cut – Jewish deli. Owner Albert Allaham, who comes from a long family lineage of master butchers, and who also owns a premium meat counter in Brooklyn, brings his expertise to the communal tables. The result? Kosher fine-dining meets classic steakhouse in a way that can only happen in New York. For Time Out Market, Center Cut will slice the juiciest pastrami, shawarma and turkey sandwiches.
- Jacob’s Pickles – this is a popular restaurant on the Upper West Side, specializing in Southern food: spicy Nashville chicken, mac and cheese and pickles.
- Alta Calidad – Mexican! Akhtar Nawab brings New York City’s melting-pot sensibility to Mexican cuisine. Drawing on his Indian heritage, Nawab marries the flavors of multiple flags to create exciting new dishes like chicken tinga tacos as well as chorizo verde and egg roti.
- Pat Lafried Meat Purveyors – If there’s such a thing as a celebrity butcher, Pat LaFrieda, whose name is on more great menus than Benedict and his eggs, is it. From the vaunted Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern to the Shake Shack patties, the local purveyor rules the country as the undisputed king of meat. At thr Dumbo market, the Brooklyn native will be serving his own signature selections of meat featured in superb cheesesteaks, burgers and ‘the world’s greatest hot dog. IT’S PERFECT!
- Felice Pasta Bar -SA Hospitality Group has opened Italian-inspired restaurants, serving home-style cooking that has attracted a slick New York scene. At FELICE Pasta Bar in Time Out Market, you will find different types of pasta and sauces.
- Breads Bagelry – Its Jerusalem bagel is somehow chewier and fluffier than the New York breakfast OG. Here in Dumbo you can introduce yourself to the former, which pairs perfectly with smoked salmon, Tunisian tuna or tahini instead of the usual cream cheese.
- Avocaderia – at Avocaderia, the ‘world’s first avocado bar,’ you can expect favorite avocado-based dishes, like the heaping, sumptuous toasts, as well as creative updates, such as a bun made from avocado.
- Little Ada – Miss Ada is leading the way under chef Tomer Blechman. Whether concocting a swirl of whipped labneh or a bubbling pan of shakshuka, Blechman draws on his Israeli background for crowd-pleasers like baba ganoush and hummus while adding a creative touch (think eggplant dip with ginger aioli and sweet potato hummus).
- Bklyn Wild – healthy plant-based menu that focuses on local ingredients that are actually local.
- Breads Bakery – specialized in babka. Today, its chocolaty, gooey rolls of joy are considered not only the best babkas around town but also some of the best pastries. They also offer croissants, strudels and chocolate chip cookies.
- Cookie DÖ – this place caught the eye and critiqued controversy when it opened since it specializes in raw cookie dough – it is! Today, the place is successful and is also in the Time Out Market, with flavors like Nutella and peanut butter. I will say: I loved trying!
- Loco Coco – Cofounded by CEO Max Alcobi, Loco Coco is focused on delicious plant-based bites like Purple Rain acai bowl (with ingredients such as banana, blueberry, mint and raspberry) and Enter the Dragonfruit parfait (pitaya, banana, coconut, vanilla bean and almond milk).
- Ice & Vice – Founded by Paul Kim and Ken Lo on the Lower East Side in 2015, the scoop shop is the last word on all things wacky flavors. You will find handcrafted small batches of unique concoctions such as the TV Dinner (carrot, clove and sweet-pea frosting), the Pokey (prickly pear and candied cactus meringue) or the Koala Chip (eucalyptus, black pepper and chocolate chips).
- Juliana’s – Patsy Grimaldi is the pizzaiolo at Juliana’s in Time Out Market – which is known as one of the best pizzas in the city!
- Ivy Stark – Stark brings the élan she perfected at Dos Caminos and Rosa Mexicano to her signature Time Out Market eatery serving elevated Mexican favorites.
- Nur – one of Israel’s top chefs, Meir Adoni, now in New York. With its premier modern Middle Eastern menu, his restaurant Nur serves couscous that critics consider to be some of the best in town.
- David Burke – David Burke first rose to prominence at the River Café, just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, and from there became a global rock star of the culinary world through his eponymous restaurants and television appearances. The dishes are familiar yet whimsical—both in conception and presentation—like ‘salmon pastrami’ and ‘bacon on a clothesline.’
- Clinton St. Baking Co – Chef Neil Kleinberg and DeDe Lahman, who co-own the Lower East Side hot spot, offer their iconic brunch items that New Yorkers line up for every weekend.
On Thursday night, we had a chance to check out Time Out Market at a press event and we were impressed. We tasted a little bit of everything: Pat Lafried Meat Purveyors burger, Jacob’s Pickles mac and cheese, Fish Cheeks oysters. Absolutely everything we tasted was amazing, delicious, well prepared. Certainly, it’s worth a lot to visit the Time Out Market if you’re in the area.
Prices obviously vary according to your choice, but averages are between $ 10 and $ 20 overall. You place your order at the vendor counter and you find a place to sit. There are several tables – some individual other collectives.
The Time Out Market is located inside the Empire Stores Building – 55 Water Street and opens from 11 am to 11 pm.
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