Brooklyn Fare now open
Brooklyn Fare, the supermarket at 200 Schermerhorn St (at Hoyt St) in Boerum Hill (Downtown Brooklyn adjacent), is now in a soft opening.
Not fully up-and-running, but it's mostly stocked. Intelligentsia brewed coffee for $1.75 a pop, decent baked goods from Choice Atlantic, and an amazing looking prepared foods section.
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200 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Ended up running out of time for lunch today and popped down for a quick bite. Tried the veal meatloaf, red cabbage, and the broccoli rabe.
1/3 of a pound of each and it came to about $6, which I think is pretty reasonable and about what Chop Chop over on Smith charges. However, this food was nothing like Chop Chop (which I don't think is bad, but it's just OK). The meatloaf was light and flavorful and just really darned good. The red cabbage was cooked with apples, OJ, and duck fat and had a really good consistency. (Not too mushy, as it sometimes can be.) And the broccoli rabe - boiled and served with some light olive oil - wasn't chewy at all.
*Very* impressive effort for a takeaway joint. Hopefully Chef Ramirez keeps his eyes on the kitchen as much as he is now.
I stopped by today to see how it looked. I don't know if they're not fully stocked yet, but I was pretty disappointed by the grocery selection. It didn't seem any better than a Gristedes. I guess I was expecting something more similar to Whole Foods with brands like Satur Farms and Ronnybrook. The cheese, meat, and fish looked good though and I'm glad to hear the prepared food is tasty. I'll have to go back and try it.
Just an update on Brooklyn Fare. It seems like they're still trying to figure things out, but the selection is getting better.
Not only are they doing Satur Farms salad mixes, their produce selection has expanded immensely with some great options, like baby romanescu and heirloom tomatoes.
Other new products they're stocking include Hudson Fresh milk (half gallon for $3.99, a quart at Stinky costs $5), Balthazar bread (very reasonably priced), and Siggi's skyr. The beer selection is pretty good, with lots of locals like River Horse and Southampton.
I think this store is still trying to figure out what it wants to be, and if we support the local products hopefully we'll see much more of them stocked in the future.
Side note, their $1.50 cup of Intelligentsia drip is still the coffee bargain of the neighborhood.
They're now selling banh mi sandwiches in the deli case. I haven't had one yet, but I'm curious enough to see how they do it since they tend to use higher-quality ingredients. (And perhaps a banh mi doesn't benefit from these - Sidecar's is one example of high-fallutin' but not very tasty.)
Another weird thing that they're selling is parrot fish filets. Never seen this before, beautiful blue scales - has anyone tried these?
And BklnChicken, the smoked sausages are very good; have you tried anything else?