When heading to New York, chances are you’ll spend most of your time in Manhattan. But New York has so much more to offer. Venture out to the other boroughs and see for yourself.
And whilst you are out there, try the food on offer.
Brooklyn has become a bit of a trendy area over the last decade or so. Plenty of individual coffee shops, local craft beers and organic food places.
So if you find yourself in the area of Flatbush Avenue / Dekalb Avenue, I would recommend a trip to the Dekalb Market Hall.
We stumbled across it by chance during our recent trip to New York.
We’ve been to the area and to Dekalb Market before, but at that time Dekalb Market was a container park with a few food stalls and small independent designer pop-up shops in those said containers. It was a great little market, very vibrant and colourful and we enjoyed it, but next time we came by it was sadly gone.
The happier we were when we discovered the Dekalb Market Hall this time.
As already mentioned, we came past it by sheer accident … we were on our way to Fulton Mall for some bargain hunting (blog post about that to follow soon). The market hall is located in the basement of a multi-storey retail building, so it doesn’t see much daylight… but it does have a very industrial look and feel to it (and being covered means it is warm and dry, unlike the old location).
Down there you have around 40 food and drink stalls offering a variety of international foods and local delicacies, such as
Polish Pierogi, German Döner Kebap, Brooklyn Bagels, Katz’s Pastrami on Rye (the only stall they have in addition to their main restaurant down on Houston Street), Crêpes (although I have to say they didn’t look anything like traditional French crêpes, these were rolled in cone shape then filled, rather than folded), Jerk chicken, local coffee and craft beers, Key Lime Pie
… to name just a few. It would certainly take several trips to the market hall to try it all out.
With all that choice it took us two rounds to actually decide on our lunch.
Good thing is that with this kind of food hall everyone can just grab the food they fancy and you all sit down together. So tables and chairs are not per stall.
Similar to the set up at the various Time Out Markets for example.
Eventually hubby settled for Fried Pizza. I know I know, it sounds a little disgusting and certainly wasn’t the low fat option. But it did actually taste quite good (although he did suffer a little for the rest of the day, thanks to all the grease). The dough was deep fried before the pizza toppings were added, then the pizza was baked in the traditional way.
I opted for Roast Chicken with 3 sides (roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes), which wasn’t much of a looker, but was actually rather tasty (although I must say it reminded me of a traditional Sunday roast… just without the gravy and Yorkshire Puds).