The array of New York City street fairs can be a little overwhelming, so we’ve picked out a few of the best ones for adventurous bargain-hunters looking to find a few unique pieces as well as taste some delicious food. You’ll have to head downtown for these three food and antique markets, but the chance at a nifty flea market find or a gourmet ice-cream sandwich is well worth it.
The Antiques Garage
The Antiques Garage, a part of the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, has been supplying curious shoppers with eclectic jewelry, art, furniture, decorations, and vintage items every weekend since 1994. Flea market finds are spread across two floors of thrift-shopping nirvana. It’s hard to resist leaving without at least one purchase, especially for those seeking a conch-shell Tibetan horn or hoping to add to their antique costume jewelry collections.
Madison Square Eats
This biannual, outdoor food market kicks off its fall season on Friday and will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. to offer its culinary delights until Oct. 25. The pop-up dining space next to Madison Square Park features some of the city’s most talented and exciting chefs, offering dishes more inventive than ones you’ll find at their restaurants. Whether it’s gourmet sliders, Japanese teriyaki balls, or artisan cannoli, Madison Square Eats will satisfy any craving, even the ones you didn’t know you had.
NYC Dumpling Festival
The 2013 Dumpling Festival should prove to be as exciting and mouthwatering as ever, with dumpling offerings from a variety of culinary traditions. Be it sweet or savory, steamed or fried, you can’t go wrong. Even if you’re really ambitious, it’ll be hard to beat the dumpling-eating record of 74 dumplings in two minutes, set at last year’s annual Chef One Dumpling Eating Contest. So on Saturday, sit back and watch the pros go to work while you feel good about downing dumpling after dumpling, because all the proceeds will benefit the Food Bank For New York City.