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What to Eat at the Union Square Holiday Market

A highlight of New York’s holiday season each winter, the Union Square Holiday Market takes over a sizable chunk of the plaza’s south end, with a warren of interconnecting market stalls — representing 150 small businesses — selling crafts, clothing, jewelry, artwork, and just about anything else you can think of. But over the past few years, food vendors have played a bigger and bigger role.


Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square Holiday Market

Momofuku Milk Bar will make an appearance in 2013, as it has in years past, with cookies and its famous “cereal milk”; the Arancini Bros. will sell its deep-fried rice balls, hot and fortifying against the December cold. There are soups to warm up shoppers, too, from Taste of Persia; consider pairing them with a visit to Sigmund’s Pretzels, whose fresh, salty pretzels are now sold around the city — and are light years better than anything you’ll find from a corner pretzel cart.

If you’re looking for a more substantial meal, snag meatballs from Mighty Balls. And if you’re in the market for food-minded gifts? Perhaps a beer-making kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop, or portable, take-home-able sweets from Liddabit Sweets or The Good Batch.

The market is open from now until Tuesday, Dec. 24, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day: 11am to 8pm Monday through Friday, 10am to 8pm Saturday, and 11am to 7pm Sunday.

Union Square Holiday Market
Union Square, between University and Broadway, from 14th Street north

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