Food halls and markets are popping up all over New York City this year but they're often a bit pricey for what is still fast and casual food. That's exactly what makes Queen's International Night Market, open in the summers since 2015, a welcome respite on the food scene. The market is far less about a hip location or culinary trick. It's a place for first-time entrepreneurs to introduce their foodways to curious New Yorkers of all kinds. The idea is directly inspired by the colorful night markets of Taiwan. The Taiwanese immigrant who runs the market emphasizes the cultural relationship to food and lower priced smaller portions with every vendor he signs on. If you're looking to try a plethora of hard to find dishes from a range of countries, this is the place!
A few weekends ago a trio of us made it out on a whim to the market, a surprisingly easy plan to hack on a Saturday afternoon of lounging about the city. It's location in Corona Park Queens take some time to reach if you're coming from our neck of the woods but it's easily managed by the subway nonetheless if you're hungrily motivated. The mood is family friendly and boisterous. As the New York Times emphasized in the a market profile just this week, there is a lot to be enjoyed at the market by just soaking in the colorful atmosphere. I too loved the friendly giant inflatable maneki-neko.
My advice on visiting is really simple: graze. Oh and bring cash. Come later in the evening if you want to avoid the bigger family crowds. If you're resourceful, bring some wine in a travel to go cup (yes, I am that girl but also don't rude with it) so you don't have to imbibe in the drinking area that's removed from the market.
Queen's International Night Market Every Saturday Apr 22 - Aug 19 Sept 30th - Oct 28th Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
What we ate:
And some yakisoba and jian bing that I can't remember where we bought from!