Yesterday, we were carefully picking around a work site in hard hats, during a (very) advanced preview of the upcoming Gotham Market at The Ashland. Today, we kind of wish we hadn’t bothered with the hard hats.
Yet life (one can only hope) moves on, and all we can do at this point is continue to cull some modicum of pleasure from Brooklyn—forever blue!—and its diverse representation of restaurants. And that includes the promise of the upcoming Fort Greene outpost of the splashy Hell’s Kitchen food court.
Located at the base of The Ashland (one of the BAM-district’s luxe residential towers) the complex will house eight distinct drinking and dining venues, including a spot from the Spanish tapas and wine bar, Boqueria, as well as the beer, bourbon and barbecue peddling Mason Jar, making a direct play for the rowdy crowds from the Barclay’s Center, and four separate concepts from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s John Stage—from the wood-fired Apizza Regionale, to Egg @ The Bird (a breakfast sandwich and Devocion coffee-serving café) which transitions midday into the rotisserie chicken counter, Flip Bird, whose whole, spatchcocked hens will undoubtedly serve as an easy to-go dinner for the apartment dwellers up above, yet another cushy building amenity. And a final restaurant station will function as a rotating pop-up space featuring exclusively Brooklyn-based businesses, kicking off with Crown Heights’ The Crabby Shack.
But while tenants are already ensconced in their glass-walled, Statue of Liberty-peeping apartments, open-to-the-public Gotham Market isn’t officially slated to debut until winter, right around the inauguration of He Who Must Not Be Named. We’re awaiting both—for wholly different reasons—with bated breath.
250 Ashland Place, Fort Greene
Photos by Sasha Turrentine