Time Out Market Boston is now open at 401 Park Drive in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, making good use of the gigantic art deco building that was previously home to Best Buy, REI, Bed Bath & Beyond, some offices, and not much else.
The Fenway neighborhood has completely transformed since I was a student at Simmons College, and Time Out Market’s Boston food hall is the cherry on top.
I was invited to the pre-opening party to check everything out right before it opens to the public, and had a really great evening. Can we transport Time Out Market Boston back in time to when I was in college a block away? This place kicks Best Buy’s ass.
How does Time Out Market Boston work?
There is no table service, so you’ll need to order at each vendor’s counter, then grab a communal table or take your food to-go for a picnic in the Fens.
For quicker & easier service, the food stalls only accept Apple Pay, credit/debit cards, and in lieu of cash, Time Out Market cash cards. The Time Out Market cash cards work similarly to the cash card system used by many local farmers markets.
Who are the vendors?
Part of what makes Time Out Market Boston so unique is the murderer’s row of Boston restaurateurs who are bringing their fine dining chops to the neighborhood food hall. To #treatyoself, check out Chef Peter Ungár’s Tasting Counter, Craigie Burger by Chef Tony Maws, and Chef Michael Schlow’s Italian Kitchen, where you can get a killer rigatoni & meatballs.
Of particular interest to pizza lovers is James Beard Award winning Chef Michael Schlow’s Monti Roman Pizzeria. The pizza at Monti Roman Pizzeria at Time Out Market Boston is a mix of tradition & upscale, cut with scissors and toppings like a classic margherita, prosciutto, arugula, and lemon, and sausage and peppers.
If you’re looking for more comfort food, be sure to check out Mamaleh’s Delicatessen (pictured below) and Bisq for sandwiches, Saltie Girl for lobster rolls & other seafood goodness like rich, pork belly-kissed clam chowder, and Revolution Health Kitchen for a menu that’s a little less indulgent (think acai bowls & avocado toast) but just as tasty as the rest of them.
If you’re a fan of food that will transport you across the world, there are a ton of different things to try at Time Out Market Boston. Craving Asian food? Swing by Gogo ya (get the crispy nori-sushi tacos) and Ms. Cluck’s Deluxe Chicken & Dumplings, both by Chefs Tim and Nancy Cushman. Anoush’ella down the hall is your spot for Eastern Mediterranean fare like falafel wraps.
Rounding out the lineup is MC Kitchen, who will be featuring a rotating schedule of chefs and menus that will keep you coming back to see what’s next, and two bars featuring local brews, ciders, and whatever else your heart might desire. If you still have room for sweets & a pick-me-up, head to Gelato & Chill, George Howell Coffee, and Union Square Donuts for dessert and a coffee sangria.
How do you get there?
The street parking situation in the immediate area is pretty rough, but luckily, Time Out Market Boston is located steps from the MBTA Green Line Fenway stop.
If you can’t avoid driving in and need street parking, I suggest checking Beacon St leading up to Kenmore Square for meters.
If you’re from out of town and need somewhere to leave your car for the day, the Fenway Triangle Garage is a good option at $18 all-day parking on weekends (excluding Red Sox game days.)
What else do you need to know?
Time Out Market Boston is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! The opening hours are 7:30am-11pm Monday through Thursday, 7:30am-midnight on Fridays, 9am-midnight on Saturdays, and 9am-11pm on Sundays.
Check out their website here: https://www.timeoutmarket.com/boston/