Since the 1940s, Essex Street Market has graced the now-eponymous street in New York. Back then, the sprawling market served as a gathering spot for the neighborhood, which was primarily teeming with activity. Today, as artists and urban professionals have gentrified the neighborhood, the market occupies a smaller space yet stays remarkable. Here, independent vendors offer a wide variety of foods, ranging from kosher meat and fish to Asian staples like tea and rice. In addition to a slew of food vendors, the market is home to an array of quaint eateries. Whether you’re looking to pick up your favorite cheese, or waiting to dine at an Indian restaurant, Essex Street Market is the place to be.