Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 10/01/2014
Photo: John von Pamer/Berg'n
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899 Bergen St., Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Smorgasburg founders Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby have taken their outdoor weekend concept indoors to an industrial beer hall that's open six days a week. Berg'n, named for an abandoned subway stop nearby, features a few of Smorgasburg's most popular vendors: Mighty Quinn's barbecue, Asia Dog, Ramen Burger and Pizza Moto, which serves slices and whole pies with toppings ranging from classic pepperoni to carbonara with bacon, egg, pecorino and black pepper. Brooklyn-roasted Parlor coffee, Blue Marble organic ice cream and Dough pastries are available from a shared concession stand, plus there is a long, antique bar dispensing cocktails and craft beer. The space is vast, a former garage, with communal tables and ample outdoor seating to accommodate big groups. Service is DIY, each patron given a buzzer that signals when your order is ready (after 4pm, servers come tableside to help with drinks). The happening scene here epitomizes the gentrifying demographics of Crown Heights.