This Weekend’s Five Best Holiday Markets – 12/19/2014


If SantaCon ruined last weekend’s plans, you might be in the mood for something a little more traditional when it comes to the holiday spirit. And if you participated, well, it’s probably best to take it easy for a while. So in this edition of our events post, we’re highlighting five festive holiday markets — with food offerings called out, of course — to consider checking out before time runs out.

Columbus Circle Holiday Shops, Columbus Circle, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

Consider a stroll through this annual craft collection, and feast on gumbo from The Gumbo Bros. and dim sum from Hong Kong Street Cart. The lineup of merchants offering food-focused gifts includes Macaron Parlour, The Truffliest, and Jolie’s Kronies.

Hester Holiday Market, One Penn Plaza, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.

Need a booze-flavored cupcake? Check out Kicky’s Kitchen. Or consider showing up at your holiday soiree with Brazilian cheese bread from Cafe Patoro. Whatever your needs, the Hester Holiday Market is a great excuse to kill time and chow down before hopping aboard the rails.

LIC Food and Flea, 5-25 46th Avenue, Queens, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.

Though it’s a bit cooler these days, the view of Manhattan’s skyline never changes from Long Island City. If you’re looking for a shopping experience near the waterfront, this one is a good bet. You’ll find plenty of dishes that represent the borough’s diversity, including empanadas, po’boys, and vegan sandwiches. And if you can handle ice cream this time of year, Ice & Vice will have its selection of weird flavors ready to go. Check out Burning Love, made with cocoa, milk chocolate, hickory smoke, and Sichuan peppercorn.

Vegan Shop Up, Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, noon

Focusing on only vegan products, this market is welcoming all shoppers with a happy hour that runs until 6 p.m. Pick up goodies from veggie food truck Cinnamon Snail and Monk’s Meats, a vegetarian butcher shop. Check out the lineup and plot your day.

Winter Village at Bryant Park, Bryant Park, 42nd Street & Sixth Avenue, Saturday and Sunday

If ice skating works up your appetite, consider stopping by the winter pop-up restaurant Celsius for a quick recovery. The restaurant seats customers on a first-come, first-served basis and offers a menu of chicken pot pie and short rib pot roast. For a more casual outdoor affair, the park’s Southwest Porch offers a menu from Wichcraft. Food gifts include offerings from Max Brenner Chocolate and Soocre Gourmet Handmade Candy.