Whenever Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske Valtierra get up to something new, it's definitely worth paying attention. The duo already run two of the most consistently exciting restaurants in town, Wildair and Contra on Ludlow Street, and their Peoples Wine Shop and Bar was a hit at the Market Line before the pandemic temporarily shut down that subterranean food hall in 2020.
Now though, after a long, piecemeal reopening process, the Market Line is up and running at full capacity again, and with it Stone and von Hauske Valtierra's excellent new burger stand, Mighties. They've partnered with John Ratliff's Ends Meat butcher counter for their beef supply, and everything we ate last weekend was totally satisfying.
There are two types of burgers here. The first, what I'll call the "regular," is a fat, juicy patty which you can get as a single or double, enveloped in cheese if you want, and topped with onion, pickles (from the Pickle Guys), lettuce, and tomato. It hits the spot.
Maybe even better, though, is Mighties' "Mighties," a monster sandwich with two not-quite-smashed burgers, melted cheese, raw and fried onions, and a lively Mighties special sauce. The Mighty Dog is great too, a snappy Ends Meat frank covered in onions, garlic chips, and a creamy sauce. And definitely get a side of the Mighties Fries, which do their job well.
You can order right from the Mighties counter and grab a seat indoors or, on most days, at tables outside on Broome or Delancey Streets. And if you want to drink with your meal, several of the vendors, including Mighties, are featured on the food menu at the stylish Grand Delancey bar.
There are a few other new food options at Market Line as well. Dragon Bing makes a terrific version of its namesake sandwich, a crepe-like scallion pancake wrapped around fillings like Teriyaki Chicken, Garlic Shrimp, Veggie, or a delicious Bulgogi Beef Bing.
Fancy produce purveyor Alimentari Flaneur just added a lunch counter with loaded-up "toasts," and the confident-sounding Best Damn Cookies offers pre-packaged treats like the Levante with tahini and espresso, the Pinole with roasted corn and mango, and made-to-order S'mores.
Most of the original Market Line lineup is also up and running, including the iconic Veselka with a menu of classics like pierogies and borscht, the first-rate pizza place Slice Joint, the extravagant raw bar at Essex Pearl, the hit Puerto Rican spot Que Chevere, tacos at Taqueria Nixtamal, and dumplings at the legendary Nom Wah.
For something sweet, check out the modern interpretations of Indonesian dessert classics at Moon Man, the jacked-up ice cream at Ample Hills, the fun fried pastries at Doughnut Plant, and the handy on-the-go treats at Rebecca's Cake Pops.
The Market Line is located at 115 Delancey Street, with entrances also on Essex, Broome, and Norfolk Streets. The market as a whole is currently open on Sunday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to midnight, and on Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Individual vendor hours may vary. Mighties, for example, is open on Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 10 p.m (marketline.nyc)