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9 Hidden Gems at NYC's Pop-Up Food Markets

Plus, best-selling dishes you won't want to miss

With so many options at New York's Urbanspace markets, it's easy to get overwhelmed. But with this list of hidden gems and best sellers, you can go into Mad. Sq. Eats, Broadway Bites and the Garment District with full confidence that you're definitely not going to leave hungry.

1 Mad. Sq. Eats: Ice & Vice

Only the masterminds at Ice & Vice could manage to top a Konery cone with both ice cream and an entire slice of pie. It's not just a best seller for its looks, though—and one bite of the Nutella-covered potato chips will be enough to convince you.

 
 
 
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2 Mad. Sq. Eats: Mayhem Sandwiches

You can only get this incredible fried chicken number at the Mad Sq Eats location of the beloved sandwich shop, which is why not everyone knows about it. But after you try it, this will likely be the only location you care about anymore, just for the sandwich alone.

 
 
 
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3 Mad. Sq. Eats: Destination Dumplings

Getting an order (or three) of dumplings is inevitable, so make sure you round it out with an order of scallion-topped steamed bao at this new pop-up.

Use your Citi credit or debit card at the Destination Dumplings booth and get a free order of spring rolls with any purchase.

 
 
 
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4 Broadway Bites: Bao by Kaya

Sure, the place is named for the bao (which are, of course, excellent), but it would be a mistake to leave without a side dish of the popcorn chicken. The chicken is marinated in a special spice blend and topped with spicy mayo.

Use your Citi credit or debit card at the Bao by Kayla booth and get a free bubble tea or Taiwanese soda with any purchase.

 
 
 
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5 Broadway Bites: Cryo Cream

You've likely seen these futuristic-looking ice creams on Instagram, especially the s'mores flavor with its photo-friendly torched marshmallow. But the Bad to the Bone Marrow is a sweet-savory surprise of a dessert with its wine-poached cherry bone marrow ice cream and pink peppercorn brittle—and it's not to be missed.

 
 
 
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6 Broadway Bites: Soul-Full Sandwiches

There's a reason the waffles are a bestselling-item at the new soul food pop-up. The recipe was reworked more than a dozen times to get it to an ideal, tender texture that's just begging to be topped with fried chicken.

Use your Citi credit or debit card at the Soul-full Sandwich booth and get a free dessert with any purchase.

 
 
 
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7 Garment District: Taste of Ukraine

Pierogi and borscht might immediately come to mind when you think of Ukrainian food, but don't let that distract you from the "piggies in a blanket." Oversize all-beef hot dogs wrapped in puffy pastry dough beats a bowl of soup any day.

 
 
 
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8 Garment District: Memphis Seoul BBQ

No dish epitomizes this stand quite like the ramen 'n' cheese, a hybrid dish that's baked with ramen noodles, gochujang and cheese, then topped with spicy sambal oelek. It's intriguingly delicious, which is why you're bound to see many happy diners walking around with cups of it.

 
 
 
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9 Garment District: Bacchanal Sauce

Anything that has chef Sonya Samuel's eponymous sauce on it is a good thing indeed, but Jerk crab fries with mango hot sauce aioli and sorrel ketchup on the side are a serious hit at the Caribbean food pop-up.

Use your Citi credit or debit card at the Bacchanal Sauce booth and get a free drink and hot sauce sample with any purchase.

 
 
 
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