The Union Square Holiday Market
In the Market: Bar Suzette
Chances are you'll get chilly in the open air market, so a hot-off-the-griddle crepe might be just the thing to warm you up. Bar Suzette's crepes nail the texture, being both crisp and light. They're available with both sweet and savory fillings, but we think the Nutella crepe is hard to beat.
In the Market: Wafels & Dinges
Long a favorite NYC food cart, Wafels & Dinges is easy to track down at their stand in the market, where they're turning out their classic Belgian-style waffles. The waffles have fluffy interiors with crisp edges and come with a variety of sweet toppings like fruit, chocolate, and dulce de leche.
In the Market: Liddabit Sweets and the Good Batch
Sharing a stall are Brooklyn-based candy makers Liddabit Sweets and cookie purveyor the Good Batch. With so many delicious options in one place, we'd recommend getting some of Liddabit's candies (like "The Snacker" candy bars, sea salt caramels, and milk chocolate honeycomb candies) to take home or give as gifts, then grab an Oat Chocolate Chunk or Honey Bear cookie from the Good Batch to munch on now.
In the Market: Sigmund's Pretzels
There's something classically New York about eating a big, soft pretzel, and Sigmund's Pretzels obliges with both savory and sweet options. The pretzels aren't cheap, but the cinnamon sugar covered pretzel could feed two.
Nearby: Amorino Gelato
After walking around in the cold for a few hours you may not want a scoop of cold gelato, but that doesn't mean you can't sit down and enjoy the goods at Amorino. Order one of their ten flavors of hot chocolate (including classic dark, milk, white, hazelnut, and deep caramel) and add a scoop of gelato for a sweet, affogato-like treat.
Nearby: Joe the Art of Coffee
Joe's East 13th Street location is just a few blocks from the market and that's where we suggest you head if you're looking for a legitimate cuppa. In addition to your drink, feel safe perusing the pastry case. We just sang the praises of their rugelach and their oatmeal cookies and Doughnut Plant doughnuts are old favorites.
Nearby: The Grey Dog
With its quirky and cozy atmosphere, Grey Dog is a great place to settle in for a sweet and a coffee (or even some booze—they have a selection of wines as well as beer on tap). Their desserts typically won't bowl you over with flavor but they're tasty in a homey way and what they lack in refinement they make up for in size. Their pies and cobblers are sold by the hunk, carved out from a sheet pan, and the cookies can easily feed three.
Nearby: City Bakery
City Bakery might be your best choice if you want options. You're going to be just as happy with your choice of peanut butter cookie as you will with an elegant tart or their famous flaky-salty pretzel croissant. Don't forget to order a hot chocolate on the side. The chocolatey drink is rich, indulgent, and delicious.
Nearby: Breads Bakery
We like just about everything at Breads Bakery, located on 16th Street just west of the market. It's a good choice if you want to sit down and tuck into a pastry like a croissant, canele, or babka, or hey, even a loaf of bread (we don't judge.)