I always make a point of heading to the major local food markets (we hit up this one in Madrid) whenever I travel into a new city. It's an easy way to avoid the typical tourist trap chains and you can eat like a local. New York's Chelsea Market is one of my favourite places to visit whenever I'm in the city. Here's what we stumbled upon during our last visit to New York City...
Al Pastor - Marinated pork taco topped with fresh roasted pineapple ($4) from the taco cart, Tacombi. They also serve up tamales, sopas, agua fresca and a variety of different tacos.
I managed to grab a seat next to the window. Seating is limited in Chelsea Market during peak times, so be prepared to stand OR take your picnic with you and go upstairs to The High Line park to enjoy lunch al fresco.
We stopped in for some Australian street food from the peeps at The Tuck Shop.
The crispy fresh-baked sausage roll ($4) was clearly calling Paul's name. All of the meat is hormone and antibiotic-free. Have a look through some of their meat pies like Thai Green Curry, BBQ Pork, Mac & Cheese and Lamb Shank & Veg ($6) - they eat like a meal. They also make a variety of homemade sodas ($3) too.
Really digging the jars of beer from The Filling Station. Choose a 16oz or 64oz jar, then pick out a craft beer on draft, have it filled and take it home with you to enjoy later. Besides beer, The Filling Station offers oils, vinegars, salts and scrubs to fill to your heart's content. Bring back your clean jar and get 10% off your refill.
The brownie that I dream about at night comes from a place called Fat Witch Bakery inside Chelsea Market. The 'witches' are individually wrapped brownies in regular or baby size. I like to pick up a variety size of baby witches for souvenirs and gifts. For myself, The Snow Witch ($2.95) is my absolute favourite. It's an all-white chocolate brownie of bliss.
Second runner-up is The Blonde Witch with chocolate chips. Trust me on this. I'm neurotic. I'll cut it up into the brownie into four little pieces to stop myself from devouring the whole thing in one sitting. Danger ahead! No icing nonsense either - I'm a purist.
Visit The Chelsea Market for breakfast or lunch. Most of the food stall are take-out, so it's easy to grab a quick and easy bite during the day. www.chelseamarket.com. 75 9th Avenue (between 15th & 16th streets), open Monday-Friday 7 AM - 9 PM and Sundays 8 AM - 7 PM.