Disclaimer: In exchange for this food hall review, I received an invite to the soft opening of the Gotham Market at the Ashland in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NYC. All photos were taken by an associate.
A random walk in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan a few years ago introduced me to Gotham West Market, Gotham Hospitality’s first entry into the food hall scene. Whereas that market was something of a bellwether in that part of town, the Fort Greene/Barclays Center area in Brooklyn is already on the up-and-up…at least, in terms of gentrification. Case-in-point: the Ashland is a luxury condominium, and its recently opened Gotham Market pairs quite well, in adding a clean and welcoming food hall to the neighborhood, and in offering a small but tempting variety of food outlets to a chain restaurant-heavy part of town.
Gotham Market at the Ashland will have several permanent fixtures, and one pop-up that rotates every four months. The initial pop-up is called The Crabby Shack, a Crown Heights, Brooklyn-based eatery specializing in steamed hams. Just kidding…their game is crab rolls and other dishes featuring that crustacean. Indeed, they were my choice sampler of the night:
Bar Granger, the locus of alcoholic activity in the food hall; Flip Bird, with rotisserie and fried chicken (but no wet naps?); Boqueria, a full-service tapas restaurant opening next month; and Mason Jar, with Southern US favorites such as meats smoked en situ, and a selection of whiskey and bourbon–
Gotham Market at the Ashland will be open daily from 11am until late in the evening.