Food and Drink

Queens Night Market Returns to NYC This April for its Seventh Season

Check out these special limited-capacity preview dates before the official opening in May.

Photo courtesy of Queens Night Market
Photo courtesy of Queens Night Market
Photo courtesy of Queens Night Market

The Queens Night Market has officially announced its return to NYC for the seventh season this spring at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

First opened in 2015, the outdoor market will continue to feature beloved guest favorites like the $5 price cap on food, a wide variety of international cuisine vendors, range of handmade goods, local art, and live performances.

Kicking off its annual return, the market is offering two ticketed preview nights on April 16 and April 23, before the free-entry weekly Saturday scheduling resumes on May 7.

After experiencing a high-traffic response in previous years, these limited-capacity preview days-with ticket sales capping in the several thousands-are meant to help manage congestion within the surrounding area, seeing that last year averaged more than 15,000 attendees each Saturday.Since its inception, the Queens Night Market has thrived and welcomed close to two million visitors over the past six seasons while showcasing food and products highlighting more than 90 countries and cultures. It also helped launch more than 300 NYC-based small businesses like Native Noodles, a 2019 vendor from Amy Pryke specializing in Singaporean cuisine that now has a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Washington Heights (and is now considered one of the best new restaurants in NYC).

“Our mission to be NYC’s most affordable, diverse, and welcoming community event has remained unchanged since we launched back in 2015,” says Queens Night Market founder, John Wang. “We’ve never profited from vendor fees, and we’ll keep honoring that commitment to our vendors, who really are the lifeblood and the superstars of the event.”

Among this year’s highlights, expect options such as Spicy BBQ Jamaican Jerk Chicken from Treat Yourself Jerk; Afghan beef and onion-filled Mantu dumplings from Nansense; and Indonesian coconut-based Pandan Kaya Jam from Moon Man. The full list of vendors can be found online via the website.

Queens Night Market will be open from 5 pm–12 am starting April 16 and April 23. Tickets can be found online via the website. The official free grand opening will launch on May 7.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Izzy Baskette is a Staff Writer for Thrillist New York. Find her on Instagram.

Food and Drink

Red Rooster Is Serving Free Chicken and Piping Hot Cash This Christmas in July

Get your early dose of festive cheer.

Red Rooster Christmas in July
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The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.

From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.

Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.

Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit Red Rooster’s Christmas in July to see all the deals.


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