Out of town Chowhound headed for Manhattan. I've been to the Essex Market and Chelsea Market on previous trips. May prowl them them again for goodies. I hope to hit Fulton St. Fishmarket this trip, for lunch.
Are the Jefferson Market and Lexington Market still open? Any others I haven't named?
Also, if you have any favorite goodies to go from any of the markets, I'd appreciate the heads-up. On my last day in NY, I'ill be stocking a cooler for the 32 hour ride home (starting at Zabar's, of course).
I suppose anything that will keep well in a cooler. Cookies or other baked goodies, sandwiches, cheeses, salamis, stuff like that. Basically, 'comfort' food, and maybe stuff to share with my co-workers when I get home. (I usually bring them a babka, but not always) I used to live in DC and head up to NY for the weekend a dozen times a year. Now I'm 'in exile' in central Illinois, where they think Taco Bell is ethnic food.
My lunch and supper itinerary is pretty well set - my old favorites and a couple of substitutes for those which have closed since my last visit.
BTW, Lexington Market was around in the 30s. That's right - I'm no spring chicken anymore - of course, I'm not quite ready for the stewing pot, either.
have you ever been to Kalustyan's? not necessarily "historic," but definitely a don't-miss for any Chowhound looking to stock up on ethnic ingredients and excellent nuts and dried fruit.
ooh, and there's also Despana for Spanish specialties...
I love DiPalo's on Grand St. but allow plenty of time. Great for all things Italian. It's not a huge shop, but it is affordable and very well stocked. Family owned by a family that is very passionate about food.