FORT GREENE — There's been a lot of change in the neighborhood lately — especially on the western end, where new residential complexes have brought large food halls with dozens of vendors to try. Meanwhile, a handful of ambitious eateries have popped up in more modest storefronts in other parts of the neighborhood.
To help you keep track of Fort Greene's newest arrivals, here’s our list of the best eateries now open in the neighborhood:
► Wine Legend
166 Myrtle Ave.
This popular New Jersey wine retailer opened its first store in the five boroughs on July 19, bringing a full wine and spirits shop and bar to The Giovanni luxury high-rise on Myrtle Avenue. Small plates on the seasonal menu include crab crostini, a duck-and-brie sandwich and raw bass with chiles. The location also offers wine tastings, in-store seminars with winemakers and delivery service.
► Hudson Jane
360 Myrtle Ave.
This all-day restaurant opened at Adelphi Street and Myrtle Avenue on July 17 with cafe fare as well as breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The signature dish is the gut-busting “Double Brown” ($15), a bacon, egg and tomato sandwich served between two hash browns in lieu of bread. Yum.
► Malai Ice Cream
590 Fulton St.
This Smorgasburg favorite started serving up delicious and unique ice cream in July at the new Gotham Market at The Ashland, a luxury high-rise on Fulton Street, which has served as something of a food incubator since its opening (Malai replaced Crabby Shack, a Crown Heights-based seafood eatery). Flavors include masala chai, ginger root, Turkish coffee, and golden turmeric.
► Dekalb Market Hall
445 Albee Square West
This is a couple of blocks outside the neighborhood, but worth the walk if you haven’t already been. The giant food hall in the City Point complex opened in mid-June and has 40 vendors to choose from, including Katz’s Deli, Arepa Lady, Steve’s Key Lime Pie, Bunker, Hard Times Sundae and a lot more.
► Miss Ada
184 DeKalb Ave.
Chef Tomer Blechman has mixed Middle Eastern and Baltic-region cuisine at this new Fort Greene spot, with za’atar-crusted salmon, baba ghanoush and an assortment of warm hummus dishes on the menu. The restaurant, which opened in mid-May, has a full bar and a large backyard for hanging out with a cocktail.