Brooklyn Flea Market
Skylight One Hanson
1 Hanson Place (Forte Greene)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
As you can see from the photos above, the location of this flea market is absolutely stunning! During the winter months, the Brooklyn Flea is held indoors every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm at the former Williamsburg Savings Bank. As you navigate through the aisles of vendors, it takes you a second before you realize that their booths are set up against old teller windows – so cute! People rarely look up in a place with so many goodies below eye-level but if you do, you’ll see the beautiful vaulted ceiling and even an old “Life Insurance” sign that someone forgot to take off. Over 100 vendors gather at this site to sell all sorts of random things.
In addition to the cool vintage jewelry, clothing, handbags, there are also paintings, old school toys, handmade crafts, and of course…. FOOD. The food is located on the lower level, where the bank’s vault used to be. You have to come just to even check out these amazing original vault doors. Look at how thick they are!
There are two sets of these crazy doors, the last of which leads you into the “dining” space. We tried almost every single booth, which unfortunately, was not as many as I hoped there would be. Apparently there are more food vendors during the warmer months. I must come back. Anyway, let the food tour begin…
BETTER THAN LUKE’S LOBSTER ROLL! I don’t normally like to write in all-caps because my brain automatically reads it in a yelling voice when I see it but in this case… I WANT YOU TO READ IT THAT WAY BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE I HAVE DISCOVERED A NEW LOBSTER ROLL THAT I LOVE. If any restaurant boasts about its lobster roll, I will give it a try. Since trying Pearl Oyster Bar for the first time almost two years ago, I have tried all of “Boston’s Best” and most of “New York’s Best.” Pearl always wins. Luke’s always comes in second as a cheaper alternative. At $16, RHLP’s roll is one entire dollar more expensive than Luke’s, but I would say tastes maybe five dollars better. The bread is very, very toasty and almost a little crisp on the outside. The interior is warm and buttered. The lobster is, like Luke’s and Pearl, sweet and plentiful. However, RHLP uses a little more mayo than Luke’s, making it more similar to Pearl, aka. more delicious. The thinly sliced scallions on top surprisingly add a great deal to the flavor, making it THAT much better. I would definitely have this over Luke’s any day. Unfortunately they are only located in Brooklyn.
Meh. Not. Worth. It. $4.50 for a beef, chicken, or veggie dog or $5.00 for an organic one. I got the MASH because it is apparently their bestseller. It ended up being a low-grade and very skinny beef dog topped with slightly stale chips that are the leftovers at the bottom of the bag, “spicy ketchup” (tasted like normal ketchup) and “jalepeno mustard” (didn’t taste the pepper at all…) stuck between a very dry bun that was falling apart. Continue reading Brooklyn Flea – The Food Edition