Now more than ever, we are seeing the public’s adoration of all types of cuisine and the food hall is the perfect hybrid. It is center stage in development and grand halls are being built with dining as the star. Diverse and delicious food offerings to choose from always keeps it fresh and it is the perfect arena for emerging chefs and entrepreneurs to enter the market with a much lower cost of entry and great exposure.
We are seeing a slight shift from fine dining to fine casual and a growing interest in street food. Food Halls will not replace restaurants but supplement them. Let’s explore Brooklyn and Manhattan’s latest and greatest food hall favorites.
DeKalb Market Hall in City Point Brooklyn , is located in Downtown Brooklyn (just off of the Manhattan Bridge, with entrances on Flatbush Avenue and Albee Square West. The DeKalb Avenue subway station drops you right there) has transformed downtown Brooklyn with its mega food hall housing outposts of some of New York City’s most iconic restaurants; Katz’s Deli, Arepa Lady, Wilma Jean and many more. This 33,000-square-foot space is home to almost 40 local and regional food outposts. DeKalb Market Hall hosts daily entertainment programming in its two dedicated spaces: a custom-built show kitchen and an event space, DeKalb Stage, as well as a 40 foot bar designed by Brooklyn artists.
Food Hall at Industry City on the waterfront in Sunset Park. To better understand the concept; “A microcosm of NYC with one distinction: we’re creating an innovation ecosystem that embraces the disruption created by advancing technologies. Our economic spectrum spans verticals, from manufacturing to design, art to architecture, biotech to clean-tech, media to film production, and fashion to food. We collaborate with over 400 companies in six million square feet of classic industrial architecture, 21st century amenities, and the natural light to soak it all in. Encompassing over five acres of open space and cultivated common courtyards, our buildings hold beautiful views and provides us fresh air for fresh perspectives.” The Food Hall is on the ground floor of this exciting industrial home and you currently find Filament, Extraction Lab, Table 87 and many more as well as food festivals throughout the year. Recent news; food hall within a food hall is headed to Industry City: dubbed as the “Japanese Eataly,” Japan Village, is 20,000 square feet with six food stalls, an izakaya, a sake store, specialty grocery, and more. Japan Village is set to open Spring 2018. Brainchild of Tony Yoshida and Takuya Yoshida, who also own Michelin-starred Kyo Ya and grocery store Sunrise Mart, intend to make it feel like Japan in the U.S.
Gotham Market at the Ashland is a 16,000-square-foot hall located at 590 Fulton Street (at Ashland Place) on the ground floor of the Fort Greene apartment building The Ashland. You will find pop up restaurants for local chefs alongside permanent vendors that are the best in Brooklyn; Mason Jar, Boqueria, Flip Bird, and more. Not to mention you are conveniently located steps from Brooklyn Academy of Music and a short walk to Barclays.
Berg’n, 899 Bergen Street (Between Classon & Franklin), is a Brooklyn beer hall & event space from the founders of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, featuring food from Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Landhaus, and Lumpia Shack. Berg’n is closed on Mondays.
Canal Street Market at 265 Canal Street offers New Yorkers a great array of dining and retail options in a single location. Similar to Chelsea Market, Canal Street Market includes a number of local vendors that showcase a small section of the menu options you can find in their full–sized restaurants. The complex has a slick modern feel. Find ILILI Box, Kuro-Obi, Boba Guys, Davey’s Ice Cream and more. The space is split into two sections: the cuisine area and the shopping area.
Brooklyn’s City Acres Market has an outpost in the Financial District 70 Pine Street. The space combines trendy ‘grocerant’ (the concept of blending a restaurant experience with the grocery experience) and food hall concepts with independent food vendors, a butcher, cheesemonger, fishmonger and comprehensive groceries (both locally made and national name brands) and fresh grab-and-go fare from the house chef. Visit Juice Brothers, Beyond Sushi, Artichoke, Vanessa’s Dumplings, The Cinnamon Snail and more.
The Pennsy is the 8,000 square foot space, located at street level right above Penn Station and next to Madison Square Garden, is surrounded by a large outdoor patio and has become home to live entertainment and events almost every lunch hour and evening. Lineup includes The Cinnamon Snail, The Little Beat, Pat LaFrieda, Ribalta, Sabi Sushi and Taco Dumbo.
New York is proof positive that the Food Hall trend is far from over. Savor these new bites of the season and watch for my next edition of Faithful Food! Happy Fall & Happy Dining!