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Dekalb Market (downtown Brooklyn)

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For those in search of weekday lunch options in Downtown Brooklyn (I'm talking to you, lambretta), you might be interested to know that the newish Dekalb Market is open on weekdays. It has some funky food vendors, and it's located in outdoor "containers" where the Albee Square Mall used to be. I haven't had a chance to check it out yet. (Desperately eating at my desk whilst finishing a huge project before vacation.) Some of my co-workers have reported high prices for small portions, unfortunately.

If anyone has "intelligence" on this place, please share!

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DeKalb Market
332 Flatbush Avenue Ext, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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  1. I went yesterday and had a beef sandwich from Cheeky ($8). Basically braised short ribs with arugula and horseradish mayo on challah bread. They also had the chicken biscuit. Disappointed there are no po boys at this location. Also saw some kind of "island cuisine" place.

    I went to Robicellis for dessert. Chicken and waffle cupcake, Bailey's cheesecake whoopie pie and a bacon and bourbon brownie were all incredible, but I have to say the brownie was the best.

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    Robicelli's
    , Brooklyn, NY 11201

    1. Have yet to explore too much (haven't gotten the evening hours down and vendors can set their own), but so far I've enjoyed it immensely. Robicelli's cupcakes are far more interesting in flavor and texture than any other cupcakes around (for example, the pie-like peach slices on the peach melba cupcake). Mazzie's mac and cheese is rich but cut nicely with black pepper on top. The Sour Puss Pickles also stocks sandwiches and salads (I was surprised by how sophisticated the bitter okra salad was- very adult flavors). So yes, hounds- explore more and report back your findings! Forward march!

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      1. re: Spoony Bard

        I went last night around 930.. Everything was pretty much closed.. I feel like the lanlord should impose strict hours on places like this.. If everybody leaves early, then the place becomes confusing.. If I can't count on a place, then I am not going to make an effort, leave my house, walk all the way there and risk being turned away.. It becomes one of those things where you say, that place is never open..

        Anyway, it's early stages but, the place is really impressive.. When I went, all that was opened was a freaking t-shirt shop.. Which by the way was cool.. I wish I knew the sizes of my little cousins I was visiting this weekend because they each would have gotten a brooklyn t..

        But I saw a beautiful metallic behinve portable oven, there were a couple of food stalls all closed..

        Lots of seating.. Do they have beer yet? Definitely going to have dinner here next weekday night.. I guess I will show up at 830.. Hopefully vendos will still be open..

        Great idea.. I hope it succeeds.

        1. re: Daniel76

          Crazy as it sounds, 8:30pm on a weekday might be too late to sample everything there, especially given your (very valid) frustrations per above (which I share). I'd say go as early as 7 or even 6:30pm to be safe. When they say it's open until 10:00pm, that really just means the space. Vendors set their own hours, and they can be erratic. Also strangely, the site lists weekend hours until 7pm, but I think they mean the clothing vendors more than food.

          Official Hours:
          http://dekalbmarket.com/map/

          If the landlord ("Dekalb Market is a joint venture of Urban Space http://www.urbanspacenyc.com/ and Youngwoo & Associates http://www.iyoungwoo.com/") isn't going to impose hours (and I don't think that's going to fit the "experimental" spirit of the place) I think they should at least clearly post the hours for each vendor on the site.

          Beer right now is Brooklyn Lager and Brooklyn Summer in cans.

          Also, this morning Joe the Art of Coffee had excellent coffee (natch) and fresh scones - we had the cheddar basil cherry and the chocolate, cranberry, pepita (and skipped the strawberry whoopie pie) all from Ovenly (http://ovenlynyc.com/).

          1. re: Spoony Bard

            yeh, i will contact the space itself and include your suggestions... was driving by tonight around 9 and there were two food places open.. one donut shop,one Jamaican Spot...Music was playing..

        2. re: Spoony Bard

          Finally checked it our for a weekday lunch, just before vacation. Since there are so few interesting lunch choices in Downtown Brooklyn, I really appreciate what these vendors are doing. Nevertheless, I agree with my co-workers who find the prices too high, the portions too small, and the attitude too obnoxious. I paid something like $10 for a very small jerk chicken w/collard greens at the West Indian place. (It didn't even come with rice and peas.) The tacos at the same place cost two or three times the tacos at Fast N. Fresh. At Robicelli's, when a blue-collar guy came in asking for a "simple" brownie, the employee responded haugtily that Robicelli's doesn't sell anything "simple." (He should have just offered the guy one of their "classic" brownies with sea salt.) So, overall, I am extremely ambivalent. I really WANT to love this market, but unless they are more welcoming to the downtown lunch crowd, they're not going to make it on weekdays.

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          Robicelli's
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          1. re: parkslopemama

            Revision to my earlier post. (Yes, I'm talking to myself.) Cheeky Sandwiches and Cuzin's Duzin donuts both gave a decent amount of food for the money, and the people working there were SUPER nice. The beef rib sandwich on challah bread (described by ChiefHDB above) was excellent, although a tiny bit bland. Next time I will ask for more horseradish. And I would MUCH rather eat a half-dozen delicious, freshly made mini-donuts for $2 than an overwrought cupcake, cold from the refrigerator, for twice the amount! (Okay, i'm probably not being fair to Robicelli's based on the one snide comment I heard there, but it really turned me off.) More to explore!

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            Robicelli's
            , Brooklyn, NY 11201

        3. Don't go for dinner.

          Went this evening, arriving at 7 on the dot. Jamaican place had 3 callaloo patties left. Nothing else. Pasticcio was open, serving a short menu (amusingly described as the "soft opening" menu) with nice enough looking choices. That was it for food. Out of a sense of obligation to the open vendors, we bought some Robicelli's cupcakes (even though they're available near home) and some mini (MINI) doughnuts, which were definitely from some kind of commercial mix but still totally enjoyable. About half the other (non-food) vendors were open--music and hand-painted t-shirts.

          It's a cool set-up, and we enjoyed seeing how they're using the shipping containers. But it's NOT a dinner destination.

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          Robicelli's
          , Brooklyn, NY 11201

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          1. re: Amy Mintzer

            was that pizza oven maker guy there?

            1. re: Daniel76

              Not that I saw. There was a large copper dome-shaped thing on some kind of flatbed behind the containers, but it was untended. Is that related?

              1. re: Amy Mintzer

                yup.. that's the one.. That looked like a pizza oven to me..