Dekalb Market Hall – the Good, Bad, & the Yummy!

How lucky am I to live steps away from the newest food hall in Brooklyn!  Dekalb Market Hall has recently opened at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn and with 40 different vendors, there’s something for you regardless of what you’re craving!

The GOOD:

What I love about this food hall is how many options there are.  From beer and coffee to Shanghai street food, vegan options, ice cream, and seafood, the possibilities really do seem endless.  When I first checked out Dekalb Market Hall, I actually wandered around for a good 20 minutes trying to decide what I wanted…it’s an indecisive person’s nightmare haha!  The availability of such a variety of cultural foods, however, really provides the kind of atmosphere that New York is all about – it’s a bustling place that is made of up and inviting towards people from all around the world.  And boy, is this food hall truly is bustling!  There are bright signs and colours all around, which makes it a really fun and engaging place to be in.

Another great thing about Dekalb Market Hall is the quality of the food and service.  I obviously can’t speak for every vendor, but so far everything that I have tried has been of the highest quality.  Everything has been fresh, well made, and delicious!  The employees have also been wonderful and extremely personable.  Not only are they very professional, helpful, and prompt with their service, but they make you feel at home.  An employee of Home Frites and I, for example, had a mini dance party/karaoke session while I waited for my order.

Finally, one of my favourite things about this food hall is the location.  For me, the location could not be more ideal!  Situated in Downtown Brooklyn, it’s located close to many apartment buildings (mine included) so running down to grab a quick bite has never been easier!  It’s also steps away from the Dekalb Subway Station (with the B, Q, and R lines), so getting to it is easy.  Here’s the address:

The BAD:

While there are a lot of great things about Dekalb Market Hall, there are a few things that could be improved.  First things first, there isn’t a lot of seating room or space in the hall in general.  Because of the tight space, it can get difficult to walk around (especially when it’s crowded).  The lack of seating also makes the space less inviting – you basically are forced to take your food and eat it somewhere else.  In comparison to other food markets, for example Smorgasburg, it’s definitely less of an environment that you can spend a lot of time in or wander around.

Another thing that I would have liked to see at the market is more options under $10.  While the food isn’t expensive by New York standards, I feel that the majority of it is out of the price range suited for someone like me (a poor student haha).  The things that are offered for under $10 are often small in portion size and therefore relatively un-filling.

The YUMMY:

These are the vendors at Dekalb Market Hall (each described by the Gothamist)

  • Ample Hills Creamery – Brooklyn-based ice cream parlor serving handcrafted treats
  • Andrew’s Classic Roadside Hamburgers by Hard Times Sundaes – Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Seasonal frozen treats
  • Andrew’s Classic Brooklyn Bagels by Hard Times Sundaes – Bagels from Mill Basin Bagel Cafe, as well as in house spreads and salads
  • Arepa Lady – Authentic Colombian arepas and plates
  • Belle Cheese – Artisanal cheeses
  • BK Jani – Pakistani restaurant known for kebabs, lamb chops & vegan options
  • Bread & Spread – Hand-crafted hot Italian sandwiches
  • Brooklyn Juicer – Fresh pressed juices and smoothies
  • Bunker Vietnamese – Homestyle Vietnamese street food, sandwiches, and Pho
  • Bunsmith – Korean-fusion spot serving Korean-style steamed buns and rice bowls
  • Cafe D’Avignon – Breads and french pastries baked and served fresh everyday
  • Craft+Carry – On premises draught beer with 8 rotating craft beers available in tasting flights and pints, as well as growlers and crowlers
  • Cuzin’s Duzin – Original hot mini donuts
  • Daigo Hand Roll Bar – Modern hand roll counter with a selection of creative and traditional hand rolls
  • Dulcinea Bakery – Authentic Spanish bakery featuring pastries and breads with an emphasis on creative churros
  • Eight Turn Crepe – Sweet & savory Japanese-style rice crêpes
  • Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue – Wood-fired Barbecue joint
  • Forager’s Butcher – Butcher station by Forager’s market, co-owned by Anna Castellani
  • Forager’s Market – Fresh and healthy food sourced locally
  • Forager’s Rotisserie – Rotisserie station by Forager’s market, co-owned by Anna Castellani
  • Forcella – Traditional Neapolitan pizza
  • Fulton Landing Seafood Company – Fresh and fried seafood and raw bar
  • Fulton Landing Seafood Market – Fresh sustainable seafood counter
  • Guss’ Pickles – New York barrel-cured sour pickles and sauerkraut
  • Hana Noodles – Chinese pulled noodles and dumplings
  • Home Frite – Hand-cut fries served with gourmet sauces
  • Jianbing Company – Serves jianbing, an authentic Chinese street food
  • Katz’s Delicatessen – Mile-high pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, hot dogs, and latkes
  • Kotti Berliner Döner Kebab – Authentic Berliner Döner Kebab, a traditional German food
  • Likkle More Jerk – A modern, fast casual take on traditional Caribbean flavors, featuring Jerk specialties with a twist on Island inspired dishes.
  • Lioni Italian Heroes – Classic deli for cheese- & meat-filled sandwiches with names like Alyssa Milano & Rocky Marciano
  • Nobletree Coffee – An innovative coffee brand of Farmers, Roasters, and Baristas based in Brooklyn
  • Pierogi Boys – Authentic Polish pierogies opening their first brick and mortar
  • POP Cake Shop – American style cakes, cookies, pies, and cake push pops
  • Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie – Handmade key lime pies made with fresh squeezed key lime juice
  • Taco Dekalb Market – Creative tacos made with house smoked meats and the freshest ingredients – A tribute to unconventional tacos!
  • The Paella Shack – Authentic Spanish paellas and classic tapas
  • Two Tablespoons – Vegetarian pop-up restaurant serving healthy wholesome bites made with organic and locally sourced ingredients
  • Wiki Wiki / Brooklyn Poke – Popular Hawaiian raw fish salad
  • Wilma Jean – Fried chicken and comfort food classics

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