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Once the largest open-air trading post in the country, the newly opened Gansevoort Market is a true culinary wonderland.  The sprawling 8,000 square foot marketplace dates back to the mid 1800s, and the historic 19th century building is now part of the Gansevoort Market Historic District.

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My girlfriend and I had the opportunity to attend the Grand Opening, sampling delectables from over 20 different vendors.  There was even live Jazz music by the Orange Vegas Trio!

pulled prork from Hog Donostia sign

With so many delicious things to try, it was a true workout for my immense appetite, and even I wasn’t able to bite into everything although I gave it my best shot.  Some of my favorites included the seafood spread by Ed’s Lobster Bar and the Thai dish from the Bangkok Bar, but deep down I’m a pork guy and my personal favorite flavor of the night goes to the Pig Guy.  I mean talk about mouth watering — I’m drooling right now just writing this, but hey, it’s lunchtime, and I’m not too far away.

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Other tasty morsels I devoured included some terrific pizza by Luzzo’s, fabulous montaditos from Donostia’s, and killer tacos made by the superstars at Tacombi, right out of their signature VW bus.  Oh no, there goes my stomach again.  I better hurry and finish this review…

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For dessert I highly recommend the macarons from Dana’s Bakery, with gluten free options, along with authentic French crêpes from Crêpe Sucre and some Brioche-like pastries from The Bruffin.

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You can rest and get your second wind at the 60-seat sun-filled sky lit seating area, featuring an elaborately handcrafted vine installation by local sculpture artist Charlie Baker of Baker Structures, in which he scoured Long Island for months harvesting the 2,000 feet of bittersweet vines for the project. Also don’t miss Janette Beckman’s Mashup and the paintings by Cey Adams, both unique and definitely worth a look. Okay, now I’m going to lunch.

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For a full list of their vendors, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gansevoortmarket.

– Michael

Gansevoort Market
52 Gansevoort Street
between Greenwich and Washington Streets
New York, NY  10014
212.242.1701
www.gansmarket.com

Open from 9am to 10pm daily, with varying hours per vendor

Photos via Yelp, Zagat, and by Socially Superlative