For groceries, the Essex Street Market is a one-stop-shop, and if you're hungry on the Lower East Side, it's a destination lunch spot. There's no shortage of places to eat in the neighborhood, but Essex Street's offerings are consistently delicious. Here's a quick and dirty guide to the lunch options in the market.
'heritage meats' on Serious Eats
Silva the butcher has three decades of experience, which he's currently applying to the incredible steaks at Heritage Meats in the Essex Street Market. Take a look behind the butcher counter.
Established in the 1940s by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, the Essex Street Market has witnessed—and played part in—the ever-changing culture of the Lower East Side. Market newcomer Dorie Greenspan took us on a crawl of her new home. Follow along on our tour!
I like tuna salads whose flavor and moisture is based on something other than mayonnaise, like the American Pole-Caught Tuna Sandwich ($8) at Heritage Meat Shop.
A good Italian sandwich depends so much on the meats inside it, so it's little surprise that Heritage Meat Shop knows how to make one.