Canal Street Market (265 Canal Street)
Continuing the food hall trend, downtown is home to the latest dining hotspot. The location is rather unassuming, or, let’s be honest, more like...unexpected. Canal Street has long been a place locals and tourists alike associate with fake designer bags and other less desirable aspects of our favorite city. The latest initiative amongst a revival of Canal Street, Canal Street Market is aiming to change that perception. A behemoth at 12,000 square feet, the market is modeled off traditional street markets, long considered to be “public meeting place where vendors of all kinds come together for the benefit of a community.” Canal Street Market brings together vendors to offer what they call “a new lifestyle experience.” Think retail meets food vendors. The food market just opened Monday May 15th, while the retail vendors have been open since December. Standing room only, the market is a great place to grab try a slew of new things for a adventours lunch or delicious dinner (save the one salad spot, but sometimes we have to eat our greens, right?)
One of the more interesting elements of the market is it’s "CSM Lab,” which will be home to restaurants which will rotate through (the first of which will be LES based Petee's Pie Company). CSM Lab is also going to be an opportunity for chefs to introduce new concepts to the public. We will keep you posted as new restaurant(eur)s come through, and will update the Life Below Canal calendar accordingly!
For now check out the current vendors, a unique mix of ice cream, salads, sushi burritos and boba milk tea:
Boba Guys: Boba milk tea
Billy's Bakery: Pies, cakes and cookies, a city favorite
Davey's Ice Cream: Unique ice cream flavors like nutella chocolate chunk and “strong coffee” (YES!)
Fresh&Co: Salad chain with fresh and local ingredients
ilili Box: Mediterranean inspired fare like 8 hour lamb wrap, salads, soup and more
Ippudo Kuro-Obi: The famous nyc ramen spot is offering “special ramen”
The Izakaya/Samurice: The folks behind Izakaya and Samurice came together here to offer dashi sup poured over rice balls (think Kaffe 1668 barista style)
Lulu: Brand new smoothie spot
Nom Wah Kuai: The Nom Wah Tea Parlor folks (the city’s oldest dim sum spot & a spot W’s grandma used to take her aunts to) will be offering rice bowls and dumplings
Oppa: Offering Korean barbecue, burritos and tacos and bibimbap
Uma Temakeria: Two words: sushi burrito
Let us know if you’ve tried any of the food vendors in the comments!