Essex Street Market

Market, Farmers Market, and Grocery Store
Lower East Side, New York
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  • Food Network
    Food NetworkOctober 2, 2014
    Here you’ll find merchants selling fresh fruits and veggies, ethnic delicacies and more. Essex Street specializes in Latin produce and imports, including banana leaves, yucca, herbs, seafood and meat. Read more
  • Lonestar Taco
    Lonestar TacoFebruary 12, 2013
    One of the best places for mexican ingredients. Plus there are some terrific speciality shops. Great place to spend a Saturday morning. If you want to get yelled at eat at Shopsins it may be worth it.
  • Ting T.
    Ting TsaiDecember 30, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Lower East Side Institution with perfect mix of old and new vendors. The fruits and veggie stands are run by three different vendors so make sure you pay at the correct one.
  • Rae @.
    Beware of the adorable 4 and 1/2 year old helping Grandma sell cookies for the Lower East Side Girls Club. She is cute and you will buy! Cookies are only $1. Buy more than you can eat.
  • Lesley K.
    Lesley KAugust 14, 2013
    Great Mexi grocery stand selling all things including Nopal, which is essential & hard to find for any Chicana living in NYC. We gotta have our nopales y huevos for bfast!
  • City Food Tours
    City Food ToursFebruary 15, 2012
    With so many great food stalls in one spot, you might find it hard to know where to start--take our tour and we'll help guide you along the way--with samples of the goods, of course!
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.March 27
    amazing grocery store market options that is rarely crowded. great local hiding spot to pop in. saxelby cheesemongers is a must.
  • etta y.
    etta yOctober 20, 2012
    Boubouki, the Greek stall, has this unassuming yellow cake with fresh pears, dusted with confectioner's sugar. It's may not look sexy but you're really missing out if you don't try a slice.
  • John G.
    John GladyszApril 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The barber offers $12 haircuts and is a solid option given the astronomical cost of the LES Salons and the long wait times and the neighborhood barber shops.
  • Vivienne G.
    Vivienne GucwaSeptember 3, 2014
    Great market that tends to fly under the radar. Nice old-school vibe with a huge array of options. Produce is super diverse. Prices cannot be beat.
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornDecember 29, 2015
    Great for authentic mexican goods. Things you wont find unless you go to east harlem mexican bodegas which are great as well if that is closer.
  • emily c.
    emily chenOctober 25, 2014
    An amazing market with affordable (and good) produce and small artisan shops/food stands. And Bostonians, they have a Formaggio Kitchen here!
  • Margherita B.
    Margherita B.April 28, 2016
    Worth paying a visit here is you are in lower east end. The experience is very similar to Chelsea Market, but much less touristy
  • Bernadette A.
    when we find the time, this place is better than whole foods/trader joes mainly in terms of value. great meat, foods, produce, cheese, bread...and you're supporting local businesses. now they're open
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 13, 2013
    Historic indoor marketplace with great meat, cheese, fish, sweets, and some of our favorite food stalls in town.
  • Marc J.
    Marc JacobsJune 30, 2012
    If you live in 10002, get an Alias Zipcard to get 10% off on cured meats at Heritage Meat Shop, home of the best cured meats in the area.
  • Han Y.
    Han YuJanuary 4, 2013
    May carry quenepas in the summer. This fruit, aka Spanish Lime, is like a cross between a lychee and a lime, with tart, tangy, creamy pulp.
  • Adrienne C.
    Adrienne CooperFebruary 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    So many treasures in this one spot! Small stands to a really great restaurant--hit it up for brunch if you you love a good midday meal.
  • Lower East Side Partnership
    Essex Street Market x Dominic Corry | On behalf of Klughaus, Dominic Corry created this site-specific mural for New York's most classic public market, Essex Street Market. Read more
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiSeptember 3, 2015
    A small market hall with fresh produce, cheese shop and this Japanese bento stand you have to try!
  • Roseann L.
    Roseann LoSchiavoMay 21, 2016
    Wonderful vendor choices with plenty of specialties!
  • Alejandro H.
    Alejandro HoyoJune 15, 2014
    Great shops for variety of things from gelato, to smoked fish to the finest heritage beef/pork!
  • Adjoa T.
    Adjoa TettehSeptember 7, 2011
    Fish sandwiches are cheap and delicious. $5 or under! Go to the counter behind the fish w/ the baked goods.
  • Catherine S.
    Catherine SDecember 9, 2012
    Can't believe I only just found out about this place. I love this supermarket! Great selection of produce and its cheap for NYC!!
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UNovember 30, 2014
    Collection of artisanary food shops. As a New Yorker, their open hours is something you have to get used to if you want to frequent this place...
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 15, 2012
    Great spot for cheap groceries, Mexican produce, cheese, Japanese, nuts, fresh fish, etc etc.
  • Caroline
    CarolineMarch 14, 2016
    The indoor market handles both food and groceries. Mon-Sat: 8am to 7pm; Sun: 10am to 6pm
  • Gina L.
    Gina LimonSeptember 19, 2014
    Tons of produce selections from the Caribbean, as well as some cool pantry items.
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurAugust 6, 2014
    When youre looking for Mexican and Latin ingredients, you cant pass this up. Also, tacos!
  • Evan U.
    Evan UngerApril 30, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The cheese, bread, and meat here are some of the best in the city. The produce is pretty good but dirt cheap.
  • Masarra A.
    Masarra AlameriAugust 20, 2016
    Scarey place a tourist stands out wouldnt going there alone basically 4 fresh vegs & home cooking needs there arecouple of lical coffeshops but to be honest i didnt like the look or feel of the place
  • Urban Oyster
    Urban OysterMarch 31, 2011
    This was one of 9 indoor markets built in the late 1930's when Mayor Laguardia banned pushcarts. Only 3 remain - this one, the Moore St Market in Williamsburg, Brooklyn & La Marqueta in East Harlem.
  • Christine L.
    Christine LiangJuly 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Staple of the original LES. Get your seafood, produce, dairy and more.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    So many artisanal & local eateries here. They also have plenty of produce
  • City of New York
    City of New YorkDecember 26, 2012
    Essex Street Market began in 1940 as part of an effort by Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia to find a new place for street merchants to do business.
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda RutledgeSeptember 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great indoor market.. really good sandwiches and also really good muffins!
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiFebruary 2, 2014
    Make sure you stop by Brooklyn Taco. It's a sin not to try it.
  • Gman
    GmanJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    top 3: Brooklyn Taco Co., Pain D’Avignon and Saxelby Cheesemongers! These 3 places are gems!
  • Diana S.
    Diana SukoMay 6, 2011
    The juice bar is fantastic. You have to try the banana and chocolate chip muffin. OMG!!!
  • Andrea F.
    Andrea FischbachMarch 10, 2013
    So many vendors with so many different products from around the world. Not to mention specialty stores.
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RivkinNovember 4, 2015
    Really cool spot. Wander the aisles and check out all the cool stalls along the perimeter.
  • Nick G.
    Nick GMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring cash or spend more then 10 dollars at every station. There are like a million stations. =Bring cash.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorSeptember 20, 2014
    Good spot for specialty foods eg cheeses. Seems expensive.
  • Shermans Travel
    Shermans TravelAugust 15, 2012
    This La Guardia-era market is one of the few remnants of the rapidly gentrifying Lower East Side.
  • James A.
    James AOctober 1, 2010
    Get the cranberry pecan bread!! Ugh it's so great, I bring some home to my sister almost every week and she devours it
  • Megan C.
    Megan CunninghamApril 28, 2012
    Cola-braised pork tacos look amazing but they've got a major supply chain issue here...one taco per hour is max productivity.
    Upvoted Jun 25
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    Great place for Latin produce, ingredients and cheeses. -Carmen Gonzalez, Top Chef
  • Samantha Noelle M.
    Samantha Noelle McElrathJanuary 22, 2012
    Get the chocolate chip cookie or the baklava from BouBouki. AMAZING
  • Renae M.
    Renae MasonSeptember 5, 2015
    Great selection of prepared food and cheap groceries.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyAugust 12, 2015
    Go for fresh fish and meat and really good prices.
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfNovember 30, 2016
    Love the Northern Euro smoked fish sandwich stall.
  • Russell S.
    Russell SinclairJanuary 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place to buy fresh produce, bread, meat and cheese.
  • Simone C.
    Simone CareagaAugust 30, 2012
    Check out the food stalls and sandwich shop attached to the butcher counter
  • Darcey H.
    Darcey HowardApril 29, 2010
    This is a mini version of some of the great indoor markets such as Les Halles in Paris, or Budapest.
  • Marc M.
    Marc MDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Brooklyn taco in the back is really good for quick cheap bite.
  • Florence N.
    Florence NguyenOctober 8, 2015
    So many vegan options. There's a Japanese place in there I love
  • Hunter T.
    Hunter TauFebruary 12, 2012
    Don't be fooled by the exterior, this is what Whole Foods is trying for. Support local NYC!
  • Joey T.
    Joey TJanuary 21, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Great spot for cheap groceries in the LES
  • Dan T.
    Dan TorresFebruary 16, 2015
    Great for finding ingredients for Cuban and Puerto Rican cooking.
  • Noah F.
    Noah FecksJanuary 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Roni Sue Chocolate + Anne Saxelby Cheese + Heritage Bacon = FONDUE OF THE GODS!!!
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾December 1, 2014
    Lots of fresh produce. Good tacos and coffee
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Easiest way to get here is to take the F to Delancey or the JMZ to Essex
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KnificMay 22, 2010
    Indoor market with butchers, fresh seafood, baked goods, produce and random grocery items.
  • J.C. S.
    J.C. SantamariaFebruary 6, 2012
    They have everything and great place to sit and eat too
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BDecember 23, 2011
    Latest home of the real soup nazi! Overpriced, but good.
  • Miguel B.
    Miguel BanuelosAugust 1, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Great for Mexican groceries and breads and cheeses too Read more
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny Soo HooApril 7, 2013
    Cheapest nirvana coco water with aloe around!
  • L B.
    L BNovember 7, 2015
    Love coming here especially free samples
  • Sofia F.
    Sofia FigueroaJanuary 7, 2016
    Cheap groceries and great latin food.
  • Nikki
    NikkiNovember 24, 2016
    for all your international food needs. $1.99 Maggi!
  • Faye F.
    Faye FarralesJanuary 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Eat at Brooklyn Taco! It's a must have.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WallaceJuly 31, 2011
    Anne Saxelby's Cheesemongers is pretty fucking fantastic, hit them up for beautiful cheese
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LenahanSeptember 14, 2011
    Great 50% off happy hour specials Sunday-Thursday!
  • Luke
    LukeMarch 8, 2016
    Awesome and diverse market
  • Heming L.
    Heming LeiraNovember 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Big market. Try it!
  • Cari
    CariJune 30, 2013
    Sometimes you need to state the obvious
  • MuseumNerd
    MuseumNerdNovember 8, 2011
    According to a guard there is a "no photos without permission" policy. Take pictures anyway.
  • Neil G.
    Neil GardnerSeptember 26, 2015
    Lot of good fresh produce here.
  • Claribel P.
    Claribel PMarch 28, 2012
    Love the fresh vegetables + save money!
  • Miye M.
    Miye McCulloughDecember 27, 2011
    Skip wholefoods + save money. I can find all of my ethnic spices here
  • George L.
    George LouDecember 7, 2013
    Love the variety of stores.
  • James J.
    James JDecember 23, 2014
    Sensory overload. So much goodness.
  • stephiedoo
    stephiedooOctober 5, 2011
    Help out female entrepreneurs buy shopping for gifts at La Tiendita in the market!
  • Victoria
    VictoriaJanuary 29
    Don't miss Arancini Bros!
  • Daniele C.
    Daniele CodegaAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Lower East Side's best supermarket!
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateJuly 17, 2016
    Market started in 1940
  • Francois P.
    Francois PichardNovember 26, 2010
    Great place ; Real french bread at Pain D'Avignon
  • Mandi V.
    Mandi VanceJanuary 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Buy a tshirt or some paper flowers at the Lower East Side Girls Club. Too cute for words.
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn ChengApril 10, 2010
    This is the kind of market that Whole Foods wants to be but fails. Amazing place!
  • Mike T.
    Mike TitoAugust 25, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Rainbo's Fish Market has amazing Fish Tacos
  • Lauren
    LaurenJuly 12, 2010
    this place seriously rocks! Especially Jeffrey's Meat counter!
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenNovember 28, 2014
    Cool place to browse
  • Charlie
    CharlieFebruary 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Japanese deli.
  • Bogdan S.
    Bogdan SeredyakSeptember 8, 2012
    Ruffian after party
  • George L.
    George LouApril 15, 2012
    There is no better niche market
  • Matt R.
    Matt RestivoMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    sushi grade tuna
  • Aditi G.
    Aditi GuptaFebruary 12, 2012
    Ruffian afterparty?
  • KaHee
    KaHeeMarch 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    OG in the world of supermarkets
  • BoweryBoogie
    BoweryBoogieJanuary 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't waste your time at Whole Foods. Support Essex Market!
  • Rodrigo S.
    Rodrigo SalazarNovember 19, 2012
    do not recommend shopsins. crazy rude service
  • Jean F.
    Jean FranciscoAugust 2, 2016
    Tudo que vc precisa de um mercado para o dia a dia, fizemos amizade com o dono de uns dos "mercados" que tem ali dentro, me senti um novaiorquino
  • Pedro Luiz A.
    Se está por essas bandas, vale uma passadinha.
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