“We are excited to be a part of the Essex Street Market and look forward to becoming a part of this vibrant, energetic and diverse downtown neighborhood.”
- Tim Forrester, Harlem and Essex Shambles Co-founder
Essex Shambles is the expansion of popular neighborhood butcher, Harlem Shambles. In 2011, Harlem Shambles opened and quickly became a destination and favorite among locals. Like Harlem Shambles, Essex Shambles will be an old-fashioned butcher shop serving locally sourced beef, lamb, pork and poultry. They will continue to maintain their commitment to establishing the shop as a valued part of the community, and work with a handful of New York farms to bring customers all-natural meat they can feel good about. Essex Shambles will embrace the whole-animal philosophy, and their customer-friendly butchers will provide the freshest cuts, cut to order with minimal waste.
Lower East Side Ice Cream Factory
“Essex Market made perfect sense to us because our family has had a long history in the downtown Chinatown/Lower East Side/Little Italy area.”
- Christina Seid, owner of LES Ice Cream Factory
Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (CICF) has been creating delicious ice cream for 4 decades on Bayard Street in Chinatown, and is often referred to as an "unofficial NYC landmark.” CICF has a deep tradition of being a family-run operation, now with a second generation at the helm. The origins of ice cream are both mythical and abstract, including legends attributing the invention of ice cream to the Chinese during the Tang Dynasty. Despite its unclear beginnings, CICF has made ice cream a tangible and an undeniably delicious reality with unique flavors like black sesame, durian, and green tea. At the new market, CICF will open a stall named Lower East Side Ice Cream Factory.
"The long history of the original Essex Street Market on the LES, coupled with the community and social goals of the new market makes this a dream project for us to play a part in.”
- Eli and Max Sussman, owners of Samesa
Samesa is a contemporary Middle Eastern takeaway counter from chef/owners and brothers Max and Eli Sussman. Inspired by the small falafel shops, halal trucks and Middle Eastern restaurants in Detroit, the brothers serve fresh and vibrant dishes such as Chicken Shawarma, Zucchini Fritters, and an array of dips such as Avocado Hummus with Cilantro.
Valley Shepherd Creamery
“The opportunity to display our entire selection — year-round and full time — at Essex Market is thrilling. We look forward to offering our raw milk, farmstead, cave-aged cheeses as well as a full line of sheep milk yogurts, feta, halloumi and even Euro-style cultured butters. Other American cheese will round out an ever-changing display of cheese-making at its best.”
- EranWajswol, co-owner of Valley Shepherd Creamery
Valley Shepherd Creamery is an old fashioned, family-run creamery located in Morris county, New Jersey. They produce over 30 styles of cheese from the milk of their grazed sheep, goats and cows. Valley Shepherd Creamy sells directly to chefs and consumers at their storefronts in New Jersey and Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market; they have also been a fixture at New York City’s Greenmarkets for many years. Fans love their Manchego-style sheep cheeses , cloth bound cheddar, 18-month alpines and much more.
Flower Power Herbs and Roots
“As an ardent herbalist, I welcome this opportunity to introduce the community to the wonderful and healing virtues of plants.”
- Lata Chettrei-Kennedy, owner of Flower Power Herbs and Roots
Flower Power Herbs and Roots is an herbal apothecary shop established in 1993 in the East Village. The store offers a wide range of dried herbs and extracts for culinary, medicinal and beauty uses.
“We hope to continue working with the community and bringing our personal approach to floral design to an already diverse and historic neighborhood.”
- Kana Togashi, owner of Saffron
Saffron is a florist that was established in Fort Greene, Brooklyn in October 2009. They specialize in unique arrangements informed by their team’s experience with the arts, and also sell handmade goods produced by local artists.
Sugar Sweet Sunshine
"As owners of Sugar Sweet Sunshine, we have worked to stay true to the same values as the Essex Market; being accessible to all members of this community and owner-operated, face-to-face customer service.”
- Debra Weiner and Peggy Williams, owners of Sugar Sweet Sunshine
Sugar Sweet Sunshine is a New York City based cupcake and sweets shop founded by Peggy Williams and Debra Weiner on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 2003. They are excited to share their baked goods with new and old residents of the Lower East Side neighborhood.
“Growing up in Williamsburg, I would often accompany my Grandmother as she moved from stall to stall shopping on Essex Street, so it is with a great deal of excitement and pride that we are able to build out our business under the new Essex Street Market roof.”
- Laura O’Brien, founder and head chef at Josephine’s Feast!
Josephine’s Feast! is a New York City based maker of delicious jams and preserves. The Josephine’s collection includes marmalades, fruit butters, chutneys, spice rubs and blends, natural sea salts, granola, heirloom cakes and gift collections. Traditionally only sold at farmer’s markets in the NYC area, the New Essex Street Market will give Josephine’s Feast! the opportunity to open its first year-round shop in a fixed location.
“For years, the Lower East Side community was home to my first restaurant, Zerza. So when thinking about where to build my next concept, the neighborhood was a natural first choice.”
- Radouane Eljaouhari, founder of Zerza
Zerza is a vibrant new fast-causal concept from Radouane Eljaouhari, the creator of a beloved Lower East Side Moroccan spot by the same name. Zerza will feature whole-food, plant based ingredients and organically sourced meats with Moroccan spices and Mediterranean extra virgin olive oils. To further promote healthy living, Eljaouhari plans to allocate part of his proceeds to support community programs and kids races organized by local running clubs.
“This year Roni-Sue's Chocolates will celebrate our 11th anniversary by coming full circle, returning to our roots in the Essex Market -- we're so excited to be a part of this unique community of merchants again!”
- Rhonda Kave, owner of Roni-Sue’s Chocolates
Roni-Sue’s Chocolates is a chocolate and sweet company founded by Rhonda Kave in 2007 on New York City’s Lower East Side. Roni-Sue’s Chocolates was formally located inside the current Essex Street Market at 120 Essex Street, and is excited to join the community of vendors and partners at the new space for the market.
“Essex Street Market has always been a market with a rich history and vibrant soul and we organically loved to be part of it, first as customers, and now as a vendor.”
- Pilar Rigon, owner of Mille Nonne
Mille Nonne is an eatery serving Italian comfort food with a twist and offering both traditional dishes as well as more inventive plant-based options. Meaning “A Thousand Grandmothers,” Mille Nonne is inspired by the cooking of founder Pilar Rigon’s mother who taught her secret family recipes and brought her shopping at markets in Italy when she was as young as five years old.
Heros & Villains
“The Lower East Side and the Essex Street Market is a natural fit for us and our brand – the quintessential NYC neighborhood that is proud of its history but always forward-thinking.”
- Matthew Chappina,co-founder of Heros & Villains
Heros & Villains is a sandwich shop founded by chef Matthew Chappina and partner Jason Cruz that premiered at Smorgasburg in 2016 and was named best new vendor by Timeout NY. H&V is focused ontechnique and ingredient-driven hero sandwiches, original condiments and garnishes, where fresh produce and proteins are sourced from local purveyors, and everything is always made to order.
“We are so thrilled to be a part of the new Essex Market, and we can’t wait to share all of our vegan goodness with you! Our Essex Market location will be a lovely extension of our store in Brooklyn.”
- Michaela Grob, owner of Riverdel
Riverdel carries the largest selection of vegan cheeses imaginable and also craft their very own in-house cheeses. Their specialty foods, fresh bread, and pastries offer plenty of inspiration for putting together the perfect meal or creating an irresistible cheese plate. Riverdel stocks a wide variety of gourmet vegan foods — don’t forget to sample their made-to-order sandwiches! Shoppers will be able to stop by and grab lunch on the go, or a pack a picnic for a leisurely day at the park.
“I'm very excited for the opportunity to open Don Ceviche, as it has always been a dream of mine to present Peruvian Cuisine in New York. It's a privilege for me to begin this venture at the new Essex Market and be able to show everyone the passion that Peruvians have for food.”
- Lenin Costas, owner of Don Ceviche
Don Ceviche is an authentic Peruvian food company founded as a family business in Lima, Perú in 1984. Don Ceviche specializes in a home-cooking style of traditional Peruvian dishes which focus strongly on seafood. Previously located at a stall within the LIC Flea Market, this is Don Ceviche’s first permanent location and will allow the eatery to plant a flag on the Lower East Side.
“We are excited to be part of the new Essex Market family and to introduce our Thai style chicken and rice to the Lower East Side community. Thank you for the opportunity. We are blessed with this privileged.”
- CEO Bryan Chunton, co-founder Pei Wei and Chef Mukda Sakulclanwat of Eat Gai
Eat Gai is a Thai-style chicken and rice shop offering traditional street food dishes such as southern Thai Hat Yai fried chickens and Hainan chicken and rice (known as khao man gai). They source fresh, free range chickens from local farms with the goal goal of serving quick, healthy, fresh and naturally prepared food.