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Time Out Says

Wading through the weekend flea-market masses can be treacherous—you might be plowed down by strollers, swarmed by hipsters or starved when vendors sell out—but this Crown Heights cousin to Smorgasburg is a peril-free alternative. The hybrid food court–biergarten (a “cafebeeria,” if you will) is decked out with rows of wooden tables, stalls of booze-sopping grub and enough beer to extend sustain your day of feasting. 

ORDER THIS: The 12-tap lineup ranges from hyperlocal brews to international picks. A pour of lemony Finback Double Session ($7) sits between a Belgian wit and a dubbel, with a warm vanilla and cinnamon spice to cut its hearty wheat body. From the 36-bottle list, ask for harder-to-find labels like hops-heavy American ale Peeper from Maine Beer Company ($16 for 16.9oz) or Professor Fritz’s citrus-tanged wheat ale, Briem 1809 ($17 for 16.9oz).

GOOD FOR: Grazing with a group. Collect a buffet of bites from Smorg favorites Mighty Quinn’s (pulled pork, brisket), Pizza Moto Slice Shop (Margherita, carbonara) and, yes, Ramen Burger, and post up at a hefty King’s table with your bounty. The help-yourself, order-at-the-counter service means you won’t have to wait for often aloof servers to deliver that hype-storm noodle-bun burger ($8) or Asia Dog’s sweet-and-sour beef dog with mango relish ($5). Don’t rely on the waitstaff for your booze either—order drinks directly from the bar to avoid delaying your buzz.

THE CLINCHER: Open at 10am Tuesday through Sunday for boozing Brooklynites, the hall isn’t solely an afternoon beers-and-burgers affair. Hungry brunchers can order bacon-and-egg–topped pies ($14) from Pizza Moto and kimchi-cheddar grits with sausage from Asia Dog ($6), along with a.m. cocktails like a Paloma riff ($10) with tequila and Brooklyn Soda Works grapefruit-jalapeño-honey pop. Once you stake out a spot for sipping and gorging on grub, you won’t want to give it up, so plan to stay from brunch to the wee hours.

Written by
Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo

Details

Address:
899 Bergen St
Brooklyn
11238
Cross street:
between Classon and Franklin Aves
Transport:
Subway: C, Franklin Ave S to Franklin Ave; Franklin Ave S to Park Pl; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Ave
Price:
Average beer: $7. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
Opening hours:
Tue–Thu 10am–1am; Fri, Sat 10am–2am; Sun 10am–1am
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