The most anticipated Brooklyn grocery store of all time is now, at last, open to the public. Racked NY is on the scene at the grand opening of Whole Foods Gowanus, where Borough President Marty Markowitz just gave a speech to usher in this new era of organic, non-GMO joy. Markowitz quipped: "Trek to Manhattan no longer! It's right here. I'm the borough's President and Foodie in Chief."
In addition to fresh produce and organic goods, Brooklyn's first Whole Foods has a deli counter with rotisserie items, a counter offering fresh sushi to go, a fancy coffee bar, and a fridge full of frozen Roberta's pizzas. Whole Foods also sells vintage vinyl records and children's nail polish.
The store has two big restaurant projects, as well. One is a pub/restaurant called The Roof, and the other is the Yuji Ramen stall. Check it out:
[The Gotham Greens roof atop Whole Foods, where organic vegetables will be grown. Photo: Nicola Fumo/Racked NY]
Here are a few pictures of The Roof, a beer bar and restaurant that has 16 beers on tap and a menu of "hyperlocal" food:
[The Roof inside by Nicola Fumo/Racked NY]
[The roof's indoor bar by Nicola Fumo/Racked NY ]
[The Roof's outdoor patio by Nicola Fumo/Racked NY ]
The Roof's menu:
And here's the Yuji Ramen stall, which is offering four types of mazeman ramen, including the wildly popular bacon and egg variety. This is a permanent set-up in the store.
Whole Foods Gowanus also delivers. Check out the delivery zone:
Racked NY has a lot more pictures and intel about this monster addition to the neighborhood.