Queens Night Market, the popular Saturday night gathering of dozens of vendors offering food from around the world, is setting up a temporary offshoot in Manhattan. Beginning next week, OUTPOST by Queens Night Market will operate a three-week pop-up on Rockefeller Center's south plaza.
This is the first time that Queens Night Market has ventured into pop-up territory (though they've sent vendors to DOT plazas in the past), and founder John Wang said in a statement, "When the team at Rockefeller Center asked if we would consider introducing some of our hallmark vendors to weekday workers, visitors, and tourists... we jumped at the opportunity. It’s a chance to test out the area’s appetite for unique global offerings, and also a chance for some of our dedicated vendors to profit from all the passion and hard work they bring to the Queens Night Market."
Wang told Gothamist the location is "iconic," noting that this was the market's first foray into Manhattan. This comes three months after Smorgasburg launched a successful presence at the World Trade Center Oculus, as more property owners want to "activate" their spaces more effectively.
Nine vendors will be appearing at OUTPOST: Burmese Bites - Burmese Keema Palatas & Ohno Kaukswe; Em - Vietnamese Thịt Kho and Chả Giòl; La'Maoli - Antiguan Saltfish Balls & Island Subs; Joey Bats Café - Portuguese Pastéis de Nata; Brooklyn Dumpling - Polish Pierogis & Kopytka; Treat Yourself Jerk Chicken - Jamaican Jerk Chicken; Hong Kong Street Food - Hong Kongese Soy Sauce Noodles; Primos Variedades - Mexican Fresh-Carved Al Pastor Tacos; and Lion City Coffee - Singaporean Chai Tow Kway & Kaya Toast.
While prices at Queens Night Market are capped at $5-6, OUTPUT prices will vary per dish; a press release explained, "Servings will be meal-size portions and intended to be affordable for most any budget."
OUTPUT will be open Monday through Thursday, from noon to 8 p.m. during the weeks of July 29th, August 2nd, and August 9th. Look for them at Rockefeller Center's South Plaza is between 48th and 49th Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
In other Queens Night Market news, the main location at Flushing Meadows Corona Park will go on break after August 17th (the U.S. Open is coming!) and will return for its fall season on September 14th (through October 26th). The Flushing market, which is open every Saturday from 5 p.m. to midnight, has been averaging 12,000 visitors per night.