Talk&Taste: African American Food Identity

In this installment of Talk&Taste: Evenings at Essex Street Market, we're focusing on the African diaspora in New York City, and how chefs, restaurateurs, business owners, and historians are all working to preserve their diverse food traditions.

We're thrilled to have Kamau Ware moderate this talk; Kamau is a visual storyteller and former educator at the Tenement Museum whose latest project, Black Gotham, strives to answer the question: Where are Black people in the history of NYC? We'll also hear from Essie Bartel, founder of Essiespice, whose blends and sauces are a tribute to her Ghana heritage; and Din Yates of Cheeky Sandwiches, a beloved sandwich shop on the LES featuring the best flavors of New Orleans.

Join us for this very special event on Tuesday, February 28th! Registration is free but RSVP is required.

Fresh Bites: Yiayia's Greek Octopus Stew

We all know nobody cooks like Grandma -- her home cooking has heart, soul, and heritage. In our next edition of Fresh Bites: Cooking Live at Essex Street Market, we’re pairing up with Cooking with Granny to bring you a live cooking session with Granny Barbara and her Greek octopus stew!

As Granny Barbara cooks her octopus stew, we’ll hear tales of Greek immigration and community in old Astoria, Queens. Plus: This cooking demo will be interactive -- indeed, you’ll get a chance to handle the octopus, too! Register your tickets here.

Music at the Market

It's the Second Saturday of the month, and that means live Music at the Market! Longtime LES resident Mike Mok joins us from 11am-1pm to show off his blues and rock-and-roll guitar talents.

Annual Birthday Block Party

Join us for another year of outdoor food fun as we celebrate Essex Street Market's 77th birthday! Our annual Block Party takes place on Saturday, May 20th from 12pm-5pm. We're taking over Essex Street with pushcarts and tents to serve up the best bites from the Market, and some beloved LES restaurants, too. Mark your calendars!