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Bars, Beer bars Crown Heights

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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.

By: Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo



Address: 899 Bergen St
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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