A few months after it was initially expected, Essex Crossing’s expansive and bazaar-like food hall, The Market Line, finally has an opening date. Phase one of the rollout is set to open its doors to the public on November 22, offering an initial mix of 30+ local vendors and restaurants, including NYC institutions like Ukrainian diner Veselka, family-run German butcher shop and Grocer Schaller & Weber, and 1920s tea parlor and bakery turned hip dim sum eatery Nom Wah.

A recent press release describes how the dining options will “pay homage to the Lower East Side and its melting pot of cultures and cuisines.” The food hall was conceived as a “sister market” to the iconic Essex Street market, which recently relocated and reopened on May 13th. Additional vendors that will be available as part of the first phase include famed taco spot Tortilleria Nixtamal and a new internationally-influenced, seafood grocer and restaurant Essex Pearl, in addition to outposts of Cafe Grumpy and Doughnut Plant. As 6sqft recently reported, the nearby Tenement Museum will open an information kiosk with tour times and other information about the museum.

The complete, 150,000-square-foot hall is expected to open in 2021 and be the largest of its kind in New York City. Its bi-level underground space sprawls over three city blocks and will eventually be home to over 100 food vendors, art galleries, clothing boutiques, and a live music venue.

Slated for completion in 2024, Essex Crossing will feature over 1,070 residential units, 350,000 square feet of office space, 400,000 square feet of retail space and the new home of the International Center of Photography.

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