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NYC food halls: The eating and socializing scene is booming

No longer will one restaurant suffice. NYC wants options.

From Eataly to Gotham West Market to Hudson Eats, the food hall is the thing in NYC now. Giant spaces, a variety of eateries and communal tables lure customers with their endless opportunities for culinary mixing and matching and social interaction. We're into it.

The latest to join the fray is City Kitchen in Times Square. It opens March 5.

After visiting, if you haven't checked out the others, here they are.

City Kitchen

This 4,000-square-foot food hall in Times Square opened
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This 4,000-square-foot food hall in Times Square opened in March, 2015. Vendors include: Luke's Lobster, Whitman's, Dough and Gabriela's Taqueria. 700 Eighth Ave., citykitchen.rownyc.com

Hudson Eats

Perhaps the food hall to rule them all
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Perhaps the food hall to rule them all is Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place, located downtown near the World Trade Center. It's fancy, it's beautiful and it boasts some of the city's top eateries. They include: Black Seed Bagels, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Mighty Quinn's, Num Pang Sandwich Shop, Tartinery and Umami Burger. 250 Vesey St., brookfieldplaceny.com

Gotham West Market

Gotham West is one of the food hall
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Gotham West is one of the food hall pioneers. In the Hell's Kitchen market, you can start your day with Blue Bottle Coffee, hit up Uma Temakeria for a sushi burrito lunch and get a bowl from Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop for dinner. Other vendors include El Colmado, Genuine Roadside and The Cannibal. 600 11th Ave., gothamwestmarket.com

Gansevoort Market

The Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking District has
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The Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking District has tables for eating the foods from its many vendors including Dana's Bakery, Bangkok Bar, The Meatball Guys and Luzzo's pizza. 353 W. 14th St., gansmarket.com

Eataly

Eataly first opened in 2010 and is different
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Eataly first opened in 2010 and is different from other food halls in the city because, in addition to coffee bars and restaurants, they also stock groceries, produce, cheese, meat, fish and bread. And all the eateries are run by Eataly as opposed to other small food businesses operating within the confines of the Mario Batali empire. Eataly also operates a rooftop beer garden, Birreria, that can be enjoyed during all the seasons. 200 Fifth Ave., eataly.com

Berg'n

When Berg'n opened in Crown Heights in 2014
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When Berg'n opened in Crown Heights in 2014 there was nothing remotely like it in the neighborhood. Boasting a huge bar, communal tables and food from vendors including Mighty Quinn's, Ramen Burger, Asia Dog and others, it quickly became a local go-to spot. The food vendors change constantly (the only one that's stayed is Mighty Quinn's) and it's open all day, with coffee and Dough donuts in the morning and alcohol in the afternoon and evening. The team behind Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea are also responsible for Berg'n. 899 Bergen St., bergn.com

Plaza Food Hall

In the basement of this historic Plaza Hotel
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In the basement of this historic Plaza Hotel lies one of New York's best-kept secrets, open since 2012. Modeled after European food halls, this massive 30,000-plus-square-foot subterranean space includes vendors like Luke's Lobster, No. 7 Sub, Pain D'Avignon, Vive la Crepe, Piada, Tartinery and many more great lunch spots. Indoor seating is ample or take your lunch right across the street to Central Park.Plaza Hotel, Fifth Ave and Central Park South, Plaza Food Hall

Threes Brewing

Ok so this Gowanus brewery isn't exactly a
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Ok so this Gowanus brewery isn't exactly a food hall since brewing and serving beer is the focus, but they do have a rotating cast of local restaurants that pop up to serve food - and they are delicious. So far, The Meat Hook and Roberta's have done residencies, Dover/ Battersby are currently dishing out eats and the Sussman Brothers are on tap for March 16-31. 333 Douglass St., threesbrewing.com

Nordic-themed food hall for Grand Central Station

COMING SOON The New York Times reported last
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COMING SOON

The New York Times reported last summer that a food hall and fine-dining restaurant were headed for Vanderbilt Hall, inside Grand Central Station. Both would be run by Claus Meyer, the founder of what is considered by many to be the best restaurant in the world, Noma in Copenhagen. The MTA unveiled the plan in June, and it was approved by the Authority later that month. It could open as soon as 2016. Grand Central Station.

Bourdain Market

COMING SOON The chef, writer, traveler and TV
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COMING SOON

The chef, writer, traveler and TV star will soon become a restauranteur, with Bourdain Market slated to open in 2019. It will represent Bourdain's world travels, inspired in format by Singaporean hawker markets and serving diverse global cuisine. Details are scarce, but the location will be Pier 57, at 16th Street and the Hudson River.

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