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Exploring James Beard Curated Culinary Diversity at Pier 57’s Market 57

Exploring James Beard curated Culinary Diversity at Pier 57’s Market 57

New York City, our bustling metropolis renowned for her vibrant culinary landscape, hosts a multitude of gastronomic experiences that captivate both locals and visitors. Among these, the new Market 57 at Pier 57 stands as a beacon of diversity, creativity, and opportunity. Nestled within the historic Pier 57, the market serves as a hub for small business owners and entrepreneurs in the food industry, encapsulating the essence of the city’s dynamic culinary scene. And we are thrilled to feature three businesses at Market 57 on our Chelsea Market, High Line & Hudson Yards Food Tour. Read on to learn who we chose!

Collage of different photos featuring food and people eating

Originally built in 1907 as a shipping and storage terminal and reconstructed by the NYC Department of Marine and Aviation in 1952, Pier 57 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The space was redeveloped and re-opened in 2023 as a vibrant destination by a partnership between Hudson River Park Trust, Google, RXR Realty, Youngwoo & Associates, and Jamestown.

According to the website, “Market 57 is a new dining destination on the Hudson River, committed to celebrating New York City’s local, independent food  ulture. Curated under the guidance and mentorship of The James Beard Foundation, the market is committed to championing the Good Food For Good™ mission by supporting and elevating the people behind our vital food community, promoting a more equitable industry. Market 57 is home to more than a dozen kiosks with a talented mix of minority- and women-owned businesses, outposts for beloved pop-up concepts, and seasoned operators’ bold creations.”

Unveiling Market 57 at Pier 57

Situated on the picturesque waterfront, Market 57 is a treasure trove of flavors, aromas, and cultures. Here, a myriad of vendors and artisans converge to showcase their culinary prowess. The market, much like a mosaic, exhibits a tapestry of global cuisines, local specialties, and innovative creations, attracting food enthusiasts and curious palates from all walks of life.

Eater describes Market 57, “Accessed via one entrance down a long hallway that bypasses City Winery, Market 57 occupies the entire width of the historic Pier 57 until it peters out in a lobby that leads to the rooftop park, a magnificent new space for strolling and relaxing, where you just might want to take your food court purchases on a sunny day. Market 57 itself offers views of Little Island with its mushroom-shaped pylons to the south and the Chelsea Piers golf-driving range to the north from its window-side counter seats. Indoor seats include raised circular tables with stools and counters at some of the stalls. The food seems more carefully curated than at other food courts, with stalls that include Indian, Thai, Caribbean, Mexican, Japanese, and Chinese food counters, with prices on par with other halls but in many cases of higher quality.”

a bunch of different types of food

Importance for Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs in the Food Industry

For small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in the food industry, Market 57 is a launchpad for their dreams. It serves as a platform where they can showcase their unique offerings, experiment with new recipes, and connect with a diverse clientele. The market provides a level playing field, allowing these individuals to compete based on the quality and innovation of their products rather than just their brand recognition or size.

In an environment like Market 57, budding chefs, bakers, and food artisans have the opportunity to test their concepts, receive immediate feedback from customers, and fine-tune their offerings. It fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, encouraging risk-taking and innovation, essential elements in an industry driven by creativity and evolving tastes.

James Beard and the James Beard Foundation

When delving into the culinary world, the legacy of James Beard and the James Beard Foundation cannot be overlooked. James Beard, hailed as the “Dean of American Cookery,” was a pioneer in American cuisine. His legacy lives on through the James Beard Foundation, an institution dedicated to celebrating, nurturing, and preserving America’s diverse culinary heritage and future.

The Foundation provides support, guidance, and resources for aspiring chefs, restaurateurs, and food industry professionals. It emphasizes the importance of mentorship, education, and sustainable practices in the culinary realm. Moreover, the James Beard Awards, often referred to as the Oscars of the food world, honor outstanding chefs, restaurants, and food media, shining a spotlight on exceptional talent and innovation.

Linking Market 57 and James Beard Foundation

The connection between Market 57 and the James Beard Foundation is profound. Both entities contribute to the cultivation of culinary innovation and the promotion of diverse food experiences. Market 57, by providing a platform for emerging food entrepreneurs, aligns with the Foundation’s mission of fostering talent and diversity within the food industry.

The Foundation’s emphasis on education, sustainability, and culinary excellence resonates with the values upheld at Market 57. As small vendors and artisans develop their craft within the market, they contribute to the rich tapestry of American cuisine—a vision that James Beard himself passionately advocated.

Join us and try it out for yourself!

We are thrilled to feature two incredible food stops on our Chelsea Market, High Line & Hudson Yards Food Tour:

  • Nom Wah: an offshoot of the oldest continuously running restaurant in NYC’s Chinatown. The restaurant opened in 1920 and serves Hong Kong style dim-sum. The unique culinary art of dim sum (Cantonese) or dian xin (Mandarin), meaning “a little bit of heart” or “touch the heart,” originated in China centuries ago. Nom Wah was notably New York’s very first dim sum joint, and has been serving dumplings, scallion pancakes, fried rice, and sweets like steamed lotus buns and almond cookies.
  • The Good Batch: founded by Chef Anna Gordon in 2010, she introduced her one-of-a-kind cookies by launching The Good Batch at the Brooklyn Flea. The community flocked to her cookies, and encouraged her to make more baked goods, more often, and available in more places. In September 2014, The Good Batch opened its flagship brick and mortar bakery in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Balanced flavor, texture, and minimal sweetness are the pillars of every recipe Anna and her team create. The bakery specializes in creating baked goods for alternative diets and is also proud of its wholesale program, which delivers fresh baked goods to coffee shops, cafes, and fine grocers all over New York City every day.

We also feature two sweet stops on our Chelsea & West Village Dessert Tour:

  • Malai
  • Bird & Branch

Read more about those stops and that tour here.

Market 57 at Pier 57 stands not just as a food market but as a cultural melting pot, an incubator for culinary talent, and a testament to the vibrant spirit of entrepreneurship in New York City. Its significance for small business owners and entrepreneurs in the food industry is immeasurable, providing a launching pad for their gastronomic dreams.

Paired with the ideals and support of the James Beard Foundation, Market 57 exemplifies the essence of a community-driven, diverse, and thriving culinary landscape. As patrons savor the diverse flavors and stories behind each vendor’s offerings, they contribute to the mosaic of experiences that make Market 57 a cornerstone of New York City’s culinary identity.