Though the Essex Street Market faces a somewhat uncertain future at the corner of Essex and Delancey streets, there are some positive developments taking place between its 71-year-old walls.
As The Lo-Down reported earlier this weekend, both the Heritage Meat Shop and Brooklyn Taco have taken over the space that Jeffrey’s Meats occupied for seven decades before closing earlier this year. Heritage Meats, which should open next week, is run by Heritage Foods, Patrick Martins’s Brooklyn-based sustainable-meats company. Befitting the company’s mission, the shop will sell humanely raised meats and cured meats from producers like Salumeria Rossi and Seattle’s Armandino Batali; According to Diner’s Journal, there will be an emphasis on pork.
Brooklyn Taco has already soft-opened in the former Jeffrey’s office, and will have a grand opening in a few weeks. The Lo-Down also noted that a new Japanese deli is coming to the market. Whether any of this will help prevent the possible relocation of the market remains to be seen, but in the meantime, at least there are even more reasons to support it in its present home.