Ever since Todd English opened his upscale food court and market at the Plaza Hotel in the summer of 2010, the notion of combining communal dining space and artisan grocery shopping has caught fire in New York. English's endeavor was soon followed by Mario Batali's Italian food emporium Eataly, where patrons can snack on charcuterie, drink wine and purchase artisanal produce. At the end of 2013 Gotham West Market opened in Hell's Kitchen with stalls serving ramen, tapas and microbrews, in addition to gourmet foodstuffs and sundries. Downtown, Battery Park residents can now patronize Hudson Eats, yet another swanky, upscale food court. And now, other cities around the country are getting in the game. Here are five new (or upgraded) food halls in Denver, Seattle, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.
Local chef Matt Dillion's restaurant Sitka & Spruce is the only sit-down meal option at Melrose Market; his bar, Bar' Ferd'nand, across from the restaurant serves as a de facto waiting area. His kitchen uses ingredients from vendors in the market, including local meats from the Rain Shadow Meats butcher and cheeses by The Calf & Kid. Dinner options range from $5 appetizers to $32 entrees. On-site is Melrose Market Studios, an event venue that holds up to 250 people. The Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop, a Melrose Market vendor, tops the list of the Studios' catering offerings.
1501-1535 Melrose Ave., Seattle, Wash., melrosemarketseattle.com
Reading Terminal Market
After a $3.6 million renovation to this historic indoor market in a former train station last year, its longtime merchants, including Pennsylvania Dutch farmers, have returned. The 80 vendors include 34 restaurants. Post-renovation newcomers include Wursthaus Schmitz, a German grocery and sausage stand that serves sandwiches ($9-11); the Head Nut, which offers spices, teas, nuts and candy; and the Tubby Olive, a gourmet olive oil ($16-31 a bottle) and vinegar shop.
51 N 12th Street, Philadelphia, Penn., readingterminalmarket.org
Close to 40 vendors have stalls here, but unlike some of the other markets on this list, Union Market features "pop-up artisans," established brands with storefronts elsewhere, in addition to its regulars. Number 1 Sons has brought their natural, fermented foods, including pickles, krauts and kimchi, and Teaism has set up a small Union Market outpost as well. Toki Underground, a popular ramen house in the area, begins selling "street food breakfast" in the market at 8 a.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and shutters the stand when it sells out.
1309 5th St. NE, Washington, D.C., unionmarketdc.com
In 2013, a former foundry became the home to artisanal bakery Babettes and an array of flower shops and juice bars in between. Dining options include Comida, which serves up a variety of tacos ($3-4) and watermelon jalapeño margaritas ($8) on the patio; and Acorn, whose locally sourced ingredients are prepared in an oak-fired oven and can be paired with a number of small-batch beers ($9-40).
3350 Brighton Blvd., Denver, Col. thesourcedenver.com
Krog Street Market
This soon-to-open food hall, located in a 1920s warehouse in the Inman Park neighborhood, has been getting heavily hyped on area food blogs. Among the expected offerings: the Luminary, the first restaurant by the "Top Chef" contestant and Atlanta native Eli Kirshtein. Todd Ginsberg, known for the local restaurant the General Muir, will serve burgers and banh mi at Fred's Meat & Bread. Among the numerous food stalls are Grand Champion BBQ and Gu's Dumplings, along with bakeries and cheese and flower shops.
99 Krog St. Atlanta, Ga., krogstreetmarket.com