With all the popular restaurants that New York City has to offer, it’s easy to miss the tiny, open-air food market sitting on the corner site of a former auto-mechanic shop at 348 Bowery. But we promise that this food court of sorts, called The Bowery Market, is worth visiting both for its delectable food options and irreplaceably quaint atmosphere. Venture inside and take a look at this quirky new eatery!
The city’s food courts and markets can make even the toughest New Yorkers frazzled, as they’re often loud, crowded, and offer an overwhelming number of food options. Fortunately, this is not the case at The Bowery Market, as there are only a handful of vendors, each distinct and diverse nonetheless. This makes it an ideal spot for finding food without hassle while still having just the right amount of options to satisfy any craving.
One restaurant at The Bowery Market is “Alidoro,” an Italian speciality sandwich shop serving more than 20 freshly-made sandwiches and salads. Their menu includes savory items like the “Alidoro,” with prosciutto, hot peppers, sweet roasted peppers, mushroom paste, fennel, hot spread and arugula and the “Fratelli D’Italia,” with porchetta, basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, hot spread, sweet peppers, arugula.
If you’re in the mood for Mexican cuisine, walk a few feet over to Oaxaca Comida Calle for tacos, quesadillas, and guac—all made from scratch everyday.
In the mood for spicier food? No worries. Turn around and you’ll see “Parantha Alley,” which serves freshly made parathas (Indian flatbreads) with spices and other fillings reminiscent of the same fare served in the street stands of Delhi.
If you’re more of a sushi person, the Bowery Market also has you covered with “Sushi on Jones.” The restaurant is New York City’s first outdoor sushi bar, serving fresh sushi in omakase-style boxes.
The Bowery Market also isn’t forgetting about the vegetarians and those who want to eat healthy. The plant-based restaurant “The Butcher’s Daughter” is also there, serving raw juices and 100% vegetarian food, which is also mostly vegan and gluten-free. Finally, if you’re in the mood for coffee after your meal or just need a quick caffeine fix, stop by the Greenpoint-based Champion Coffee while you’re there.
Cuisine aside, The Bowery Market is simply delightful because of its quirky location and setup alone. The market is uniquely designed with narrow, cozy passageways, homey ceiling lights, and clear ceilings that allow the sunlight to pour in as you eat or browse your options. The food market is indeed a kind of escape from the noisy food courts and markets of New York City, complete with indoor and outdoor stools to settle in if there’s room.
The market was the first food venture for real estate developer Scott Marano. According to NY Eater, Morano intends for the market to be a “year-round affair” and an “informal,” quick food option for locals. He further hopes that the market will serve as a way for groups to all find food in one place.
In the near future, there may be more vendors coming to The Bowery Market, and Morano may add more seating. Thus, despite its low-key location, it’s already clear that The Bowery Market is a true gem that will attract many pedestrians walking along Bowery. So if you’re in the mood for quick food in the area, or if you’re with friends who have wildly different tastes, give this easily-overlooked yet vibrant food market a try!
The Bowery Market is located at 348 Bowery, and is open everyday from 8AM-9PM.