If last year's trend was the tiny, four-wheeled restaurant, then this year's is the massive food hall. In addition to Eataly and Hill Country Chicken, there's now cafeteria-style dining for every kind of eater. Grab a tray:
For Techno-Geeks Glowing computer screens beckon you to tap to order at FoodParc, a fully automated, 20,000-square-foot venue with four food stands. Red Farm serves mash-ups of classic NYC food like Katz's pastrami bundled into an egg roll. Order a burger with a choice of four bacons and fried McClure's pickles at 3B's, and finish your meal with a Cafe Liegois espresso topped with coffee ice cream from The Press. FoodParc, 839 Sixth Ave.; 646-600-7140 or foodparc.com
For Prep-Schoolers With its brick walls, giant video projections and mess-hall-style tables, Hudson Hall is like Hogwarts (but with $55 pitchers of cocktails and without the teenage awkwardness). Load up your red plastic tray at the open kitchen, which serves global small plates like steamed pork-belly buns, roasted Brussels sprouts with sambal and puffed rice, and a Moroccan carrot salad with raisins, almonds and charmoula dressing. Hudson Hall, 356 W. 58th St.; 212-554-6502 or hudsonhotel.com
For Jet-Setters Part market, part restaurant, this multistation space is inspired by European venues like the food hall at Harrods, but it's got the vibe of an American food court. You can sit wherever and eat whatever you please: prime rib sliders with your sushi? Mini lamb gyros with a side of charcuterie? No problem. On your way out, hit the floor-to-ceiling shelves stocked with international and local sundries such as MILKimchi and Spanish pimentón. Todd English's The Plaza Food Hall, 1 W. 58th St.; 212-986-9260 or theplazafoodhall.com
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