13 Things You Need to Eat at the Bronx Night Market to Avoid Major Food FOMO
As much as we love Smorgasburg, not all of us can make the trek to its Brooklyn and Manhattan outposts that often. But there’s another food mecca that needs to be on your radar—a “global food celebration,” in fact—just a train ride away.
The Bronx Night Market features more than 50 vendors with a happy (and super affordable) blend of food, drinks, music and all the Bronx culture vibes. Now in its second year, the market recently went from a monthly event to an all-out summer block party every Saturday (thanks to a Facebook poll overwhelmingly in favor of it), now through October. It’s all about spotlighting the borough’s incredible offerings, which means more than half of the vendors are local. Oh, and did we mention there’s no entry fee? From chicken-and-waffle sandwiches to fried ice cream, here are 13 vendors that’ll have you coming back every weekend.
1. The Fried Kitchen
Let’s face it, chicken and waffles are a way of life. So combining the two in sandwich form is clearly a match made in food heaven. The Fried Kitchen—a Bronx-based vendor—uses locally sourced ingredients to create its signature dish. Choose from the classic grilled cheese chicken waffle, the fully loaded potato waffle sandwich and the buffalo chicken waffle. (Or hey, one of each.)
2. Memphis Seoul
If you’re ready for a fusion of cultures, look no further than Memphis Seoul. The Brooklyn-based restaurant (now opening a second location in the borough) brings together classic soul food and Korean favorites. (Think Korean barbecue meatloaf sliders or pulled pork on a steamed bao bun.)
3. Spoonable Spirits
Put down the cocktail and try a boozy treat instead. Spoonable Spirits turns all your favorite desserts into spiked concoctions (with 5% alcohol). From rosé wine jelly shots to whiskey Rolos pudding (a blend of chocolate caramel pudding and salted caramel whiskey), these cute, portable treats are ready to upgrade your next summer party (or, uh, solo Netflix night).
4. Caribbean Street Eats
Trust us, this is not your average sandwich. Caribbean Street Eats is known for its bake and shark, a traditional Trinidadian dish of fried seasoned shark piled onto a puffed fry bread and loaded with toppings and sauces. If you’re feeling adventurous, it’s a must-try (and we bet you’ll be surprised how much you enjoy it).
5. Cee’s Cakes
Got a sweet tooth? Cee’s Cakes, a Bronx-based online bakery, makes custom and traditional desserts from scratch. The signature treat is a cookie featuring Oreos, chocolate and Hershey’s Cookies ’n’ Creme bits. (Talk about a blend of our favorite sweet things.)
6. LoLo’s Seafood Shack
There’s no need to search for the nearest coastline to have a seafood feast. LoLo’s Seafood Shack’s menu is inspired by such beachy locales as the Caribbean and Cape Cod. From its original johnnycake sandwiches to shrimp queso nachos, the Harlem-based restaurant is the next best thing to booking an island vacay.
7. Rib in a Cup
Fancy some barbecue on the go? Rib in a Cup is just what the name suggests. Born during a camping trip when there was an appetite for some ribs and no utensils in sight, , the Queens pop-up dishes up portable St. Louis–style spareribs in its signature yellow cups. And if ribs aren’t your cup of tea meat, there’s also fried chicken, pulled pork, chili and even grilled cheese.
8. Jibarito Shack
If you’re not familiar with the jibarito—fried plantain sandwich—you should be. The namesake Puerto Rican sandwiches at Jibarito Shack feature combos inspired by other NYC staples, from chopped cheese to a twist on Dominican breakfast. But it’s the signature Jibarito Sandwich—a juicy burger with plantains as the bun—that draws crowds. There are even vegan and gluten-free options so everyone can get a piece of the crispy goodness.
9. Freshly Made
OK, it’s not all deep-fried this and Oreo-covered that. The South Bronx’s very own juice bar Freshly Made features plenty of healthy options. The constantly changing juice blends highlight Bronx areas with concoctions like the Mott Haven Mudslide (carrot, kale and orange) and Spicy Bay Plaza (ginger, green apple and orange), to name a few. Each juice is packed with fresh fruits and vegetables and costs only $8 (a steal compared to the $12-plus bottles you see in Manhattan). Aside from juices, you can stay hydrated with ginger shots, watermelon on a stick and refreshing frozen fruit pops.
MozzArepas is not new to the street-food game. The family-owned business has been serving the five boroughs since the ’80s. Now its sweet cornbread sandwiches with fresh mozzarella cheese have made their way to the Bronx Night Market. They’re great straight-up, filled with beef, chicken or pork (or all three) or topped with vegetarian fixings like purple slaw and avocado lime aioli.
11. Sam’s Fried Ice Cream
Love ice cream? Sam’s Fried Ice Cream takes the quintessential summer treat to a whole new level (no cone or spoon required). Choose from flavors like green tea and cookies 'n' cream, add a crispy crust and toppings, and you’ll never look at a scoop the same way ever again.
12. City Island Seafood Shack
You don’t have to head to City Island to get a piece of the island’s famed seafood, because City Island Seafood Shack is bringing all its classic dishes to the South Bronx. The low-country boil—with snow crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, kielbasa, corn on the cob and yellow rice—is enough to satisfy your appetite and cross off dinner for the night.
13. The BX Burger Co.
The BX Burger Co. does its home borough proud with hearty, fully loaded burgers made with fresh ingredients. Options range from a classic cheeseburger to a maple bacon burger and always include a super-secret (and delicious) “BX sauce.” Be sure to add some urban tots (tater tots with Parmesan cheese, cilantro and truffle mayo) to the mix.