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Outdoor markets are cropping up in Queens, Madison Square Park, Times Square

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Outdoor market season heats up Spring is here when you’re eating food from market stalls instead of delivery containers, and some of the city’s most popular spots are setting up shop outside of their… shops.

Queens Night Market

This new Asia-focused international market debuted last Saturday at the New York Hall of Science for what could’ve been a one-off event, but it was a massive success. Expect more, and more varied, vendors from the initial 40, and the market is officially sticking around until October. Be prepared for lines, but the unique eats (takoyaki, Ecuadorian drinks, Chinese crepes) are worth braving the 7 train. Free, 6 p.m. to midnight.

Mad. Sq. Eats

Madison Square Park’s annual month-long foodie paradise kicks off May 1. New nosh includes sushi hand rolls at Uma Temakeria, Texas-style dry-rubbed ribs at Hill Country Barbecue Market, healthy sandwiches with chutney at Bombay Sandwich Co., plus Cheesesteaks by The Truffleist, Gansevoort Market’s Thai spot Bangkok B.A.R., the chaat-only Potpuri, a paella shack by Barraca and Gelato ti Amo. They join returning favorites like Red Hook Lobster Pound, Roberta’s, Momofuku Milk Bar and more.

UrbanSpaceGarment District

Food offerings in the heart of Midtown have markedly improved this year, and from May 4 through June 14, there will be even more of a reason to take back some of the pavement from the tourists. Along Broadway from 39th to 41st streets, expect authentic Lebanese pizzas by Toum, gourmet slushies by Kelvin Slush Co., tacos by Macondo and newcomer Yankee Doodle Dandy’s, serving all-American food described as “Colonial Williamsburg meets Williamsburg, Brooklyn.”

Eva Kis is on Twitter @thisiskis, where she talks about pop culture, cats and media almost as much as food. Looking for something to do? Plan your day, week or month with our events calendar.

 

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