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.
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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!
It's been a while since we've encountered a grilled cheese with filling and bread so well-matched, both in terms of proportion and overall quality of ingredients.
At Saxelby Cheese inside the Essex Street Market, cheese might be the focus, but don't forget that they turn out excellent sandwiches here, and offer fabulous butter: $13.99 a pound, from Evans Farmhouse Creamery.
In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check...
"You're stuck on a desert island with only three cheeses. What are they and why would you pick them?"... "I hate this question! I think my answer would change every week. This week, it would be Twig Wheel, a pungent...