Essex Market Tour

Join us for an exploration of the Essex Market, a centerpiece of the Lower East Side community since 1940. On this 90-minute walking and tasting tour, we will visit with 6-8 vendors, enjoy generous tastings of their delicious food, and learn about the role the market has played in the evolution of their businesses. We will rotate the featured vendors from week to week, but tastings may include rare farmstead cheeses, fresh-baked bagels and breads, locally-roasted coffee, tacos and tamales, hearty soups, and an expert-led tasting of fine olive oils and vinegars. Along the way, we will also explore the past and present of New York City’s public market system, from open-air pushcart markets, to the retail and wholesale network built by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, to markets’ role today providing quality food to communities and creating opportunities for food entrepreneurs to launch and grow new businesses. We will also look at the historical and contemporary intersections with street vending and the city’s food distribution systems, as we explore the market’s new home on the south side of Delancey Street. 

Tour Info & Highlights

  • Explore this historic market’s updated facility in the heart of the Lower East Side
  • Taste 6-8 delicious offerings while meeting vendors and hearing their stories
  • Learn about New York City’s public market system and food distribution networks
icon-calendar  SAT 10am / THU 6pm
icon-clock-o  1.5 hours
icon-male  Walking tour
icon-cutlery  6–8 generous tastings included
icon-map-marker  Lower East Side, Manhattan


This tour is offered in partnership with the Essex Market Vendors Association

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