Food Courts In Brooklyn by Shyda Hoque

I’m sure you have seen many empty storefronts throughout the city due to the high commercial rents.  One way that many independent restaurants have been able to thrive has been through the renaissance of the food court. Many are choosing to rent a stand and a van to save on the cost of rent of a storefront.  If you are staying in town for the dog days of summer then you might want to check out a few of the ones listed below in Brooklyn. Here are three markets that I recently passed by to grab a bite…

Dekalb Market Hall  (Downtown Brooklyn) 

​Dekalb Market Hall finally opened this past June and features FORTY vendors. There are New York classics from Katz Deli to Steve’s Keylime Pie and new spots like Cuzin Duzin and Two Tablespoons.  August might be the best time to finally check it out as the crowds might have dwindled. Bring your appetite as this is one of the biggest food courts in NYC!  After you’ve stuffed yourself you could go grocery shopping at the new Trader Joe’s in City Point. Honestly, you’ll feel like you are in the suburbs. There is never a line when I have stopped by at least.

Berg’n (Crown Heights) 

Berg’n opened in 20​14 and has been curating some great vendors ever since.  It’s a sprawling space that was located in the old Studebaker building.  Berg’n just changed their hours a few weeks ago and have started opening at 8am for coffee, pastries and breakfast.  They are serving Parlor Coffee and offering up their vast space for folks to co-work there all day.  Co working is free of charge and free-of-guilt. They welcome it!  The current vendors are Brooklyn Pizza Crew, Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Landhaus, and Lumpia Shack.

​There are some great events happening at Berg’n as well, including:  TriviaNYC, PopUp Table Tennis and there will be watch parties for the English Premiere League and the U.S. Open.

Gotham Market (Fort Greene)  

Right across from the BAM Harvey you could go catch a bite at Gotham Market, which just opened this past January in 240 Ashland, before a show.  One vendor, Malai was named one of the best ice cream spots in NYC and serves “super premium” hand crafted ice cream inspired by globally sourced ingredients.  The Mason Jar is the Barbecue “go to” at this market and has reserved seating. Boqueria also offers full service dining and signature tapas from chef Marc Vidal.  If you are looking to hit a show and don’t want a long wait then Gotham Market is the place to go!  Basically this is the “formal food court?”

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