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NYC’s Best Food Courts for Groups

May 19, 2017 - by Chelsey Grasso
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When you’re traveling with a large group, it can sometimes be difficult deciding what sounds good to everyone for a meal. Fortunately, New York City has its fair share of food courts to help save the day. Rounded up below are the city’s best food courts for groups. These aren’t the types of food courts you’d find at a middle-of-nowhere mall either—look for gourmet and artisanal choices, and memorable experiences, in NYC.

Best of NYC Food Courts for Groups: Gotham West Market (Hell’s Kitchen)

Gotham West Market has everything from small plates and house-made charcuterie to classic burger menus and ultra fresh smoothie shops. You’ll even find the world-renowned Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop amongst the mix, along with sushi burritos at Uma Temakeria, and authentic-inspired Mexican food at Choza Taqueria. Of course, you have to finish things off with a cone from Ample Hills Creamery, New York City’s pride and joy of ice cream spots. 600 11th Ave., 212-582-7940, gothamwestmarket.com

Best of NYC Food Courts for Groups: Chelsea Market (Chelsea)

You can easily spend an entire afternoon, if not an entire day, in Chelsea Market snacking on the best eats the city has to offer while shopping for clothing at Anthropologie, smelling various spices at Spices and Tease, and perusing Posman Books, amongst other exciting activities. Some Chelsea Market eatery favorites include Beyond Sushi (vegan sushi), Amy’s Bread (the best in the city), Doughnuttery (fresh mini donuts), Los Tacos No. 1 (authentic Mexican tacos), and The Lobster Place (lobster rolls galore).  75 9th Ave., 212-652-2110, chelseamarket.com

Best of NYC Food Courts for Groups: Grand Central Terminal (Midtown East)

Thought Grand Central was just for trains? Think again. Grand Central’s food court is an impressive one, housing 35 dining options. You’ll find sit-down restaurants such as the famed Oyster Bar & Restaurant and even a grocery store (Grand Central Market) amongst the mix of counter-service restaurants (Shake Shack, Café Grumpy, Chirping Chicken, Frankies Dogs on the Go, Hale and Hearty, Magnolia Bakery, and Jacque Torres Chocolate, to name a few), so no matter what style of dining you’re in the mood for, you’ll be perfectly able to locate it within the Grand Central Terminal. 89 E. 42nd St., 212-340-2583, grandcentralterminal.com

Best of NYC Food Courts for Groups: Brookfield Place (Battery Park)

Where can you get a stunning view of the Hudson River and all the best eats New York City has to show for itself? Brookfield Place can provide you with both, and its food selection truly is something worth noting. Food favorites such as burgers from Umami, banh mi sandwiches from Num Pang Sandwich Shop, bagels and lox from Black Seed Bagels, baked beans and brisket from Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, and Thanksgiving sandwiches from Little Muenster can be found here year-round—so enjoy! 225 Liberty St., 212-978-1698, brookfieldplaceny.com

Best of NYC Food Courts for Groups: UrbanSpace Vanderbilt (Midtown East)

You’ll find over 20 artisanal food spots at UrbanSpace Vanderbilt, making it one of the city’s most talked about food halls. Located in the heart of midtown, UrbanSpace Vanderbilt provides a central location for some of the city’s most loved franchises. Mr. Bing, Mile End, Liquiteria, Kuro-Obi by Ippudo, Hai Stret Kitchen Co, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Takumi Taco, Sigmund’s, Ovenly, Mimi’s Hummus, Dough, Roberta’s, and Good Stock all call themselves residents of the space. 230 Park Ave., 646-747-0810, urbanspacenyc.com

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