The Union Square Holiday Market
Nerro De Seppia Arancini from Arancini Bros.
The squid ink risotto ball had a core of spicy shrimp and tomato.
Macaron Parlor offers its petite french confections. It's the only place I know of where you can get a macaron filled with candied bacon and maple cream cheese.
Fried Empanadas at La Sonrisa
The empanadas from the friendly crew at La Sonrisa are stuffed and fried to order, yielding a crispy but chewy crust with steaming hot fillings.
Hong Kong Street Cart
The Hong Kong street cart doles out steamed dumplings, buns, and soup.
Pork Bun at Hong Kong Street Cart
The pork belly steam bun with wasabi mayo.
Taste of Persia Vegetarian Noodle Soup
The Ash-E Maast, a vegetable yogurt soup, is a warming comfort on a cold day.
Ash Reshteh at Taste of Persia
The Filling Station
Chelsea Market's go-to source for boutique oils and vinegars has a stand set up with nearly a full lineup of their products, like grapefruit white balsamic vinegar and pumpkin seed oil.
The Mighty Balls crew representing their famous meatballs with inventive sauces like hot jalapeno jelly and cranberry horseradish.
Flavors include Truffle Cheddar, Bacon Scallion, as well as their playful take on a classic New York everything bagel.
Spices and Tease
The Upper West Side boutique brings their fragrant teas and spice blends to the market.
Breezy Hill Orchard
The aroma of warm apple cider will draw you to the Breezy Hill Orchard stall, but the stand out for me is the chewy, molasses-y, gigantic gingersnap cookie.
Mini Pistachio Cannolis
I was lucky to get to the Stuffed Artisan Cannoli stall when I did, as these miniature confections were all gone just a few minutes later. Other flavors include peppermint bark and gingerbread.
A box of assorted ganaches (with flavors such as Earl Grey, Mezcal Chili, and Soft Golden Caramel) make an excellent gift. You can also warm yourself with a cup of their hot chocolate.