Over the weekend, the developers of Essex Crossing announced the first two vendors for the Market Line, a subterranean shopping pavilion that will be a centerpiece of the large real estate project.
At the Taste Talks event in Brooklyn, Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Schaller & Weber, the Upper East Side purveyor of sausages and German-style smoked meats, were revealed as Market Line merchants. The news was hinted at on the Market Line’s social media feeds.
The new public-style market will sit below three Essex Crossing buildings on Broome Street, between Essex Street and Clinton Street. Taken together with the newly expanded Essex Street Market, the small-scale shopping offerings in the project will cover 150,000 square feet. The first phase of the Market Line (including about 70 food vendors) is scheduled to open in one year (September of 2018).
Nom Wah Tea Parlor, billed as the oldest dim sum restaurant in Chinatown, has been in expansion mode as of late. In addition to the original Doyers Street location, owner Wilson Tang has opened outposts on Kenmare Street and in the Canal Street Market. He’s about to relaunch Orchard Street”s Fung Tu as Nom Wah Tu.
Schaller & Weber opened in 1937 on Second Avenue and 86th Street. The historic butcher has also been expanding during the past few years. There’s now a place called Schaller’s Stube Sausage Bar inside the Upper East Side store. At Taste Talks, the new vendors created a mashup for the masses: a double smoked bacon bao with bok choy and Manchurian chili sauce.