New York City Sights

Essex Street Market

  • 120 Essex St. Map It
  • Lower East Side
  • Market/Bazaar

Published 09/11/2016

Fodor's Review

Started in 1940 as an attempt by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia to corral street pushcarts and vendors (and thereby get them off the streets), the Essex Street Market was defined early on by the Jewish and Italian immigrants of the Lower East Side. After several incarnations and owners, the city Economic Development Corporation took the reigns in 1995. These days the market is reinvigorated and filled with proprietors selling meat, fish, cheeses, produce, baked goods, and more. Standouts include Saxelby Cheesemongers and local favorite Shopsins, an eccentric and strangely appealing restaurant that moved here after decades in Greenwich Village.

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120 Essex St., between Rivington and Delancey Sts., New York, New York, 10002, USA

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Published 09/11/2016


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