Gansevoort Market is back, though a bit less aptly named.
The food hall had to vacate its original digs at 52 Gansevoort St., where it opened in November 2014, at the end of February to make way for a redevelopment project that will bring Pastis back to the Meatpacking District. Originally slated to reopen over Memorial Day weekend, the market made a surprise debut last Thursday in time to serve the crowds that thronged Chelsea for Pride.
The new location, 353 W. 14th St. between Eighth and Ninth avenues, is about half the size, and vendors are still moving in over the next two weeks. The market’s beloved industrial-natural motif remains, with roots winding up along its concrete columns, and there are two communal seating areas in addition to a handful of counter spots at most restaurants.
Once fully open, the market will have about 20 stalls — including a bar in the back, according to vendors -— with Mission Ceviche, Dana’s Bakery, Bangkok Bar, Luzzo's Pizzeria, The Meatball Guys, M'o Il Gelato, Crepe Sucre and Tease Tea.
What’s new? Tacombi has switched out its taco bar minibus for the first permanent outpost of its trendy spinoff Gotham Poké. Bangkok Bar is test driving a new concept called Oppa, serving Korean barbecue next door to its own gluten-free Thai dishes and $40 Singha beer towers. Cocoa Grinder, confusingly, makes healthy-leaning sandwiches, bowls and smoothies. Luke’s Lobster is already open, while Big Gay Ice Cream and The Trufflist are still setting up shop.
While the market unpacks, we poked around this weekend and found four reasons to check it out now.