Downtown Brooklyn Gets Into A Food Market Frenzy

A building boom has also been a boom for local restaurants occupying space in two neighboring Brooklyn food markets.

By Jeff Vasishta March 2, 2017
Rendering of Dekalb Market Hall via NY Eater

Nowhere does a person’s stomach speak to their wallets more loudly than in Brooklyn. Thus, it makes sense that this New York borough, in the midst of a population boom, is also undergoing food market frenzy, with two new downtown locations vying for customers taste buds.

Dekalb Market Hall is slated to open in the next few weeks, in the soon to be completed City Point complex, which takes up a block at the end of the Fulton Mall off Flatbush Avenue. While Brooklyn is best known for its mom-and-pop stores, Caribbean restaurants, and fast food joints, a retinue of 55 well known New York names such as Katz’s Deli, Ample Hills Creamery, Bunsmith, the Arepa Lady, Bunker, a Vietnamese restaurant , and Fontina, an Italian eatery by “Chopped” judge Christian Petroni are all lined up to provide a carnival for the tastebuds.

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Brownstoner reports that the space will be 33,000 square feet, including a 7,500 square foot event space with a 40-foot long bar and test kitchen. There will also be free educational programs in the space, along with stroller parking.

It is described as a purposefully created “chaotic, urban experience” by Managing director and Dumbo’s Foragers founder Anna Castellani, who was hired three years ago to help create the hall with Brooklyn’s distinct personality in mind.

Outdone in size but not in taste is Fort Greene’s Gotham Market at The Ashland—merely a menu’s throw away at 250 Ashland Place, next to BAM and the neighboring Barclays Center. Owned by the Gotham Organization, which also runs Gotham West Market in Hell’s Kitchen, the 400-seater venue plays host to a roster of New York comfort food faves. They include barbecue from Mason Jar; fried or rotisserie chicken from Flip Bird, Italian food from Apizza Regionale  and drinks from Bar Granger. Yann de Rochefort’s Boqueria, which has a cocktail and wine bar, will accept reservations. It plans to serve tapas and larger plates like paella and whole branzino for two.

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With close to 300 hundred apartments towering above it, Gotham Market won’t be short of hungry mouths to feed. For those who prefer to eat in rather than out, Whole Foods is also in the complex while the Dekalb Market has a Trader Joe’s.

With other Brooklyn neighborhoods such as Crown Heights, Bushwick, and East New York also experiencing a condo fueled population boom, surely the borough’s food market mania has only just begun.

Jeff Vasishta



Jeff is a writer, husband and father but not necessarily in that order. As a music journalist he counts Prince, Beyonce and Quincy Jones amongst those he’s interviewed. He's also owned and flipped homes in Brooklyn, NJ, CT and PA.

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