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: 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: 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.)