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Formaggio Essex Essex Street Market

For more than 75 years, New York City has had a network of publicly-owned markets to provide affordable fresh and prepared foods to local neighborhoods. These tours seek to highlight not only the history of the remaining public markets, but also the wonderful food and the people that serve it that can be found within their walls. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, our Immigrant Foodways Tour of the Moore Street Market offers visitors the chance to try cuisine from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Mexico from the market and restaurants in the surrounding neighborhood, highlighting the connections between immigrant communities and local food systems. And we now offer tours of the Essex Street Market, showcasing the butchers, fishmongers, cheese purveyors, and more that make this market a cornerstone of the Lower East Side.

Moore Street Market • Essex Street Market

Public Market Tours are offered in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the vendors in the local communities.

 
 
 


Essex Street Market Tour

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The outside of a market that's painted colorfully with designs that include painted vegetables, fruit, and geometric shapes

This tasting exploration showcases the vendors of the Lower East Side’s Essex Street Market. This 90-minute walking and tasting tour visits 5-6 vendors, and tastings may include European and American farmstead cheeses, fresh-baked bagels and breads, coffee, rice balls, fish sandwiches, tacos, spinach pies, or a sampling of Japanese dishes. Along the way, we will also explore the past, present, and future of New York City’s public market system, from its beginnings in the 1930’s under Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, to its role today in providing quality food and opportunities for businesses to launch and grow, and discuss the future of the market as part of the Essex Crossing redevelopment project. 

Select weekends at 11:30am | Walking Tour | >> More information <<


Moore Street Market: Immigrant Foodways Tour

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Green peppers and spices for sale at the Moore Street Market

From farms to pushcarts to public markets, this 2-hour walking and tasting tour explores historical aspects of New York’s food system and the influence of Caribbean and Latin American cultures and cuisines on the past and present of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Once known for its pickles and kosher meat, today the eastern section of Williamsburg serves up herbal tea remedies from Mexicosounds of salsa, and traditional ingredients. Based on more than 20 oral history interviews with neighborhood residents and local business owners, and on original archival research, this tour explores the history of Brooklyn’s “Avenue of Puerto Rico” and takes an in-depth look at the Moore Street Market, built in 1941 to mark the end of the pushcart era and today a centerpiece of the Spanish-speaking community. The tour includes 6-8 generous tastings from market vendors and local eateries.

Offered as a private tour | Walking Tour | >> More Information <<