Broadway Market opens on Friday, February 22, at 950 Broadway (the former home of Tony's Market), with a wide variety of culinary offerings and a few retail booths selling boutique clothing, accessories, jewelry and knickknacks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all on the table, with food and drinks from Pizzeria Coperta, Mother Tongue, Biju's Little Curry Shop, Misaki on Broadway, Royal Rooster, Miette et Chocolat, Mondo Mini, Wonder Press and Maria Empanada. The cuisine alone makes Broadway Market far more than your standard mall food court, but here are five other things you'll want to know about the Broadway Market experience.
The doors open at 7 a.m., so you'll be able to get coffee and espresso drinks made with Logan House Coffee beans at the counter near the front entrance, plus pastries and other breakfast items like empanadas from Maria Empanada. Most of the other counters start serving lunch at 11 a.m. and food service ends at 9 p.m. nightly, though the bar will continue serving drinks until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Run a Tab and Just Pay Once
If you're not sure what you want to eat and drink, or if you're paying for a family who will be grabbing bites from a number of different vendors, you can run your credit or debit card at the main cashier counter, where you'll be given a Broadway Market card that will keep track of all your purchases, so you can just pay once at the end of your visit. Of course, you can also pay with cash or card at each individual station.
Pour Your Own Beer
If you do run a tab, you can use the Broadway Market card to purchase beer by the ounce, which you can pour yourself. Although pouring isn't exactly the right word, since instead of beer taps, there are Bottoms Up beer fillers and special glassware with magnetic valves on the bottom. Just grab a glass, scan your card, press the glass onto the nozzle in front of the beer you want (there are about two dozen choices), and fill as much or as little as you want.
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Get Pizza Without Going Inside
Coperta's pizza ovens are located along the front wall of Broadway Market, right next to a sliding window facing the sidewalk on Broadway. So you can walk up, order Roman deep-dish pizza and walk away with a meal on the go. This is pizza al taglio, which means "pizza by the cut," so you can indicate how much you want and the pizzaiolo will cut it to order with a pair of scissors. Each slice is weighed and sold by the pound.
Shake It Up
There are plenty of seating options inside the market, from high-top tables to rows of banquettes to stools at Misaki's raw bar and sushi bar. But if you want to shoot the breeze with the bartenders and enjoy a selection of house cocktails, the central bar is the place to be. Even if you're not eating, Broadway Market's bar is a great place to unwind at the end of the workday.