Bigger is greatest for the Lower East Side’s Essex Street Market.
Now rechristened Essex Market, this new 37,000-square-foot venue is about 3 instances the scale of the outdated spot, which was positioned all through the street. It choices 37 distributors, 16 of which are newcomers.
Still, “we feel part of a community,” 52-year-old Pilar Rigon, of the new stand Mille Nonne, tells The Post.
The Roman chef’s stand, which means “a thousand grandmothers” in Italian, serves up Italian comfort meals with a healthful twist. Meatballs ($10 for 4), as an illustration, are lightened up with turkey, quinoa and spinach. Lasagna ($11) encompasses a turkey Bolognese with lactose-free bechamel.
Other new additions to the market embrace Mideast-inflected Samesa, which slings pockets, wraps and plates with hen shawarma, za’atar salmon or chickpea seitan (pockets from $7.35). Across the way in which wherein, vendor Don Ceviche sells that in type Peruvian seafood dish, with decisions along with shrimp ($12.99) and octopus ($13.99). There’s moreover vegan-cheese stand Riverdel, which sells a cashew-based pepper Billy cheese and a cashew-and-soy blue cheese for $8.25 per quarter-pound.
The market’s second stage has food-hall-style seating for 215 people, up from the 39 seats on the outdated location.
“I’ve been to a lot of markets like this . . . and I think I will come back,” says 42-year-old patron Tim Nelson, who was seated upstairs having enjoyable with bites of an $8 fried hen and plantains dish from Dominican Cravings. “It seems comfortable.”
Other decisions are meant just for takeout. Essex Olive & Spice, positioned near the doorway, is the stop for olive oils, vinegars and spices. Run by 54-year-old Saad Bourkadi — a neighborhood of Fez, Morocco — the store affords bottles of olive oil sourced from his family’s farm outdoor of Fez. The hottest, he says, is the house specific that’s infused with Parmesan, garlic, rosemary and pepper ($12.99). Spice varieties embrace a crimson-red Moroccan paprika ($3.99 for 1 ounce) “straight from Fez,” he says.
There are acquainted faces, too, along with the New Star Fish Market, which opened on the genuine Essex location in 1994. For one factor sweet, former vendor Roni-Sue’s Chocolates has returned with bite-size chocolate truffles ($3 apiece).
For proprietor Rhonda Kave, 66, the precise take care of is having outdated shoppers seeing her throughout the new location.
“People came through and were like, ‘I’m so happy to see you back!’ ” she says.