Enormous ‘Authentic and Locally Curated’ Food Hall Coming to Downtown Brooklyn

April 14, 2015

Amongst the city’s more delectable real estate news comes word that the developer of City Point has plans to bring a 26,000-square-foot foodie haven to their massive Downtown Brooklyn project. Dubbed the Dekalb Market Hall, the space will host somewhere between 35 and 55 “authentic and locally curated” vendors at the basement level of the 1.8-million-square-foot mixed-use development along Dekalb Avenue. Though leasing is still in the works, more than a handful of food purveyors have already signed on to stir what’s sure to be a culinary revolution for an area more commonly associated with chains like Starbucks and Applebee’s. So yes, put your best sweatpants on, friends, there will be artisanal doughnuts and barbecue.

city point brooklynRendering of the City Point development

Some of the confirmed tenants slated to take up stalls in the market include Arepa Lady, Eight Turn Crepe, No. 6 Coffee, Forcella Pizza, Pierogi Bar, Brooklyn-based Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbeque, Pain d’Avignon, Steve’s Ice Cream and Cuzin’s Duzin. The most interesting of the bunch however is Katz’s Deli, which is considering a Brooklyn satellite. The outpost would be the first of its kind for the 127-year-old institution.

The hall is currently being planned by Anna Castellani, the owner of Foragers Market, a gourmet grocery store in DUMBO and Chelsea. The layout and design aim to emulate the Brooklyn food markets of yesteryear while still channelling the borough’s cool and hip vibe.

“I felt most of the food halls that have recently opened in the city really lacked a sense of identity,” she said in the announcement. “New York needs a food destination that feels authentic. It should be eclectic, reflect the city’s unique culture and have a lot of personality. We are creating that atmosphere here at DeKalb Market Hall.”

Incidentally, the name of the project takes after the local outdoor food and retail market that formerly sat on the same site, housed within recycled shipping containers. The market was pushed out in 2012 to make way for the new development.

A 2016 open date has been penciled in for the Dekalb Market Hall.

[City Point official site]


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