Updated: Feb 19, 2020
Something is happening in the Bronx and it is something every single New Yorker should be proud of. Despite going through years of negative reports, there have been and continue to be stories of success and joy. Summers schedules are usually packed, parks and pools are overloaded with residents, getting the most of the warm days before the cold weather returns. Event suggestions pop up on facebook all the time, and one event I was actually excited about was the Bronx Night Market. Most open-air food markets in New York City are usually held outside of the borough and getting to them on weekends is usually a hassle. Thanks, MTA. Not summer 2018, the launch of a foodie’s paradise, was right here in the Bronx at Fordham Plaza.
The newbie on the Summer block is the Bronx Night Market, launched on June 30th, was founded by BLOX NYC and Edible Bronx. The market, dubbed a global food celebration seeks to highlight talented Bronx natives while changing the old narrative the borough has had to endure through the years. The first installation was amazing, I was slightly overwhelmed at first but after circling the perimeter, scoping out the vendors, wading through the crowd of Bronx residents, I settled on a few excellent choices. A Jewish favorite, Latke, from Lotsa’ Latkes a pulled pork sandwich, with blueberry BBQ sauce from Porkcue, with an IPA from the Bronx Beer Hall. Yes, there was desert and I had Valerie Viand, Inc.’s bacon, chocolate chip cookie sugar cookies. A full-course meal was yours if you didn’t mind standing on line and chatting it up with some new people. I sure did.
I left with a Bronx Native t-shirt with a quote from rapping sensation, Bronx girl, Cardi B. The night came to an exhilarating climax with entertainment from drummer Anthony Anderson and DJ Sabronxura. The atmosphere was contagiously energetic.
It was truly a happy place to be, the Bronx’s diversity was well-represented. There was food from the four corners of the world, fused, marinated, sauteed, fried, roasted, fermented and spiced. The Bronx showed up and showed out in a way that any family would. The market also included non-food vendors, handmade jewelry, and apparel.
The second staging on July 28th definitely upstaged the first. Vendors were stretched all over Fordham Plaza, and the food was culturally and dietary inclusive. Whether you were vegan, vegetarian, a proud meat eater, pescatarian or on a juice diet, the Bronx Night Market satisfied your foodie fantasies while promoting a great sense of community. Again, a full course meal was yours to devour and enjoy. The lines were long but moving, vendors were serving up plates of delicious authentic food for hours. The goal is to get there early but come hungry, wear comfortable shoes, bring some positive vibes and an open mind. Be ready to experience the Bronx in a whole new way.
The Bronx Night Market is held every last Saturday until October 2018. Visit The Bronx Night Market online for more information, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram. #themikichronicles #thebronxnightmarket