Mario Batali may be garnering all the buzz of late about Eataly, his supersize gourmet Italian marketplace in the Flatiron District, but Essex Street Market is still holding its own downtown, thanks to a loyal clientele who come for the various butchers, fish markets and specialty shops. The market was founded in 1940 as a place for local food vendors to sell their goodies, and 70 years later, the range of vendors still impresses—there's Jeffrey's Meats, Rainbo's Fish, Roni-Sue's chocolates, Batista Grocery, Tra La La Juice Bar and the famous Shopsin's General Store, where the service is cranky and the breakfast is delicious. There's even a barbershop and an art gallery to suit your non-culinary needs.
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