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.
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