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.
899 Bergen St
|Cross street:||between Classon and Franklin Aves|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Thu 10am–1am; Fri, Sat 10am–2am; Sun 10am–1am|
|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|
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Average User Rating
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Great bar with friendly service. Even greater place for comfort food from a rotating variety of foodie worthy popup restaurants.
I enjoy a nice beer selection, which this place definitely has, with a very casual vibe to match. Lots of large tables mean plenty of room for big groups as well as space for a date at the bar. You can grab a board game to play with friends and get bites from several food vendors. Lumpia Shack is my go-to!
I visited this place with my Brokelyn Beer Book pass and was not disappointed. It's quintessentially Brooklyn: huge open space, long beer hall style tables, great beer selection, and quirky food vendors. There are also board game options available. I visited on a rainy weeknight, the day before New Year's Eve, so it was not crowded at all, and the bartenders were super nice. I recommend Lumpia Shack (I'll pretty much eat lumpias as often as humanly possible). Overall nice experience.
A pretty cool spot, especially because there aren't any places like this in the area. They have trivia every week that's pretty fun. I went for Ed and Bev's and was pretty disappointed with it. The food from Ed and Bev's was alright but really pricey for what it is and tasted nothing like the Michigan foods they were supposed to imitate. I'll be eating from a different place next time I go there but I will be back!
This bar is awesome! I love the space.
I was really impressed by one of the bartenders. After I asked a question about the drink menu, I got a quick lesson on different types and flavors of gins. Who does that on a busy Friday night?
The cafeteria style seating with surrounding bar and food stations is a cool concept. BUT it gets really loud. Space wise, it's great if you're trying to get a lot of people together at once. But I wouldn't recommend if you're trying to have actual conversation with a date or friend, you'll end up feeling like you're screaming.
This place is awesome. I live around the block and when I heard rumors they were building this place I thought it was too good to be true. A legit beer hall in Crown Heights with smorgasburg like set up? And then they kept delaying the opening, much to my neighbors and I’s chagrin. But it was worth the wait! They do a really good job of getting a vast selection of craft beers that change up regularly. And the food...is amazing. Its as if all those awesome restaurants set up mini stores across the street from my apartment just for me.