New York City Markets and Specialty Food Stores

New York City markets and specialty food stores make grocery shopping fun and interesting!

Markets in NYC are diverse and varied. Some feature mainly local items while others tout an impressive selection of imported foods from around the world. Many have permanent locations but some are set up outdoors on a part-time basis. Grand Central Market Cheese

Common Market Items:

  • Fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables
  • Breads and baked goods
  • Prepared foods for easy meals
  • Gourmet sweets and chocolates
  • Imported cheeses (nearly every market has a good cheese selection)

Look, Smell, Taste, and Chat at New York City Markets

leaf Outdoor market

appleLarge selection of items that are locally grown/produced

airplaneLarge selection of specialty imported items

Grand Central Market - Midtown apple airplane

Grand Central Market

Grand Central Market is a narrow market located in the busy Grand Central Terminal. It is a food enthusiast's dream, bringing together a number of fine New York City food establishments all in one place.

Look for: The large collection of quality spices at Penzeys Spices.

Union Square Greenmarket - Union Square leaf apple

Union Square Greenmarket

This outdoor farmer’s market is open four days a week all year long. If you want to buy and eat local, this is the place to go. Regional farmers bring in fresh produce, meat, and dairy products so the city folks can buy farm-fresh goods. There’s a large selection of organic foods.

Look for: Fruit pies and apple cider doughnuts.

Zabar's - Upper West Side airplane


Zabar's is a specialty food store and Jewish deli known for its smoked fish, rugelach, and other fine Jewish foods. But you don’t have to follow a Kosher diet to appreciate this place. It’s full of great stuff to try.

Look for: The upstairs, with it's extensive selection of housewares, including a number of oddities.

Chelsea Market – Chelsea

Chelsea Market

Eat AND shop at Chelsea Market. Located in an old factory building, this space has been transformed into an interesting mix of shops and restaurants. And unlike many of the other markets, there is plenty of seating.

Look for: Amy’s Bread, where you can peer through the glass and watch the bakers work their magic.

Fairway Market - Upper West Side apple airplane


Fairway Market is a specialty food store with plenty of the usual items too. It has everything from Raisin Bran to Israeli couscous. So you can do your regular grocery shopping and get a few specialty items. Or the other way around, if you prefer.

Look for: The extensive dried fruit and nut selection that will likely blow you away.

New Amsterdam Market - Lower Manhattanleaf apple

Union Square Greenmarket

New Amsterdam Market near South Street Seaport is full of friendly vendors, delicious looking food, and plenty of opportunities to taste. Vendors come from New York City and surrounding areas. It is open on select Sundays, so check the website for exact dates.

Look for: The samples - jam, cheese, chocolate, wine, and more!

Holiday Markets - November and December Christmas Shops

New York City's holiday markets are lively, inviting, and glow brightly on cold winter nights.

Find beautiful gifts by local artisans and sip hot cider as you walk around taking in the festive atmosphere.

Look for: Unique holiday gifts.

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