This Sunday, the Brooklyn Navy Yard welcomes a hybrid grocery store that’s hoping to become a destination: Wegmans, one of the East Coast’s most popular supermarkets.
Wegmans bills itself as more than just a grocer, and it’s going all out to prove this in Brooklyn. Its 74,000-square-foot, bi-level floor plan includes several counter-service restaurant options, a coffee shop, and a full-service bar. Aside from shopping for beloved Wegmans-branded products, fans can also dine on salads, fresh sushi, gourmet burgers, pizzas, and cocktails at the market’s mezzanine cafe.
This week Eater stopped by for a behind-the-scenes look at the new Wegmans — here’s what to expect on opening day. Below, find photos of what the store will look like, and at the very end, menus for the different dining options.
The Buzz coffee shop
Upon entering the store, the produce section sits front-and-center, and off to the side, the Buzz coffee shop pours lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, and americanos from different pour-over machines. A store employee says the Buzz brought in vegan and oat milk selections for the Brooklyn location. Fruit smoothies are also available.
The Burger Bar
The gourmet burger bar has various patty options that run to a maple onion burger with aged cheddar, bacon, maple onion jam, and chipotle aioli; the Santa Monica turkey burger with guacamole, arugula, tomato, and an herb dressing; and a Mediterranean-inspired Impossible Burger with goat cheese, lemon caper dill aioli, and tomato. The classic comes in the form of a six-ounce beef burger topped with American cheese, ketchup, mustard, and pickles in a toasted brioche bun.
All burgers are priced $12 or under, while sandwiches go up to $16 for a lobster roll.
The pizza department
Diners can create their own pies with toppings like pepperoni, Italian sausage, Buffalo chicken, broccoli, hot banana peppers, roasted mushrooms, and sautéed spinach. Signature pies include the classic cheese and pepperoni, plus one with pesto, tomato, and spinach, and another with mushrooms and truffle parmesan sauce. They’re cooked in 90 seconds in a rotating brick oven pictured above.
White pies and cauliflower crusts are also available, plus wings, chicken tenders, and boneless bites. A small pie ($7) comes with four slices, a medium ($10) with six, and a large ($12) with eight.
Sushi, salad, and poke bars
A sushi counter offers 28 different roll selections as well as custom ones made on the spot; poke bowls will be sold from a separate counter, and made-to-order salads await at the greens counter.
There’s a corner reserved for Wegmans’s well-liked cheese selection, which here will include over 300 varieties.
The bar on the second floor
On the mezzanine level of the market a bar and cafe seating area awaits. There are couches and lounge chairs thrown about in a coffee shop-like space, where diners can eat the meals they’ve picked up downstairs. Inside the bar, red stools line a marbled bar top where bartenders will shake up cocktails and other drinks.
Drinks can be consumed throughout the entire space.
Other things to expect
This Wegmans has a focus on local Brooklyn products like craft beers and meat, as well as Wegmans-branded products like its uber-popular basting oil.
Entire gluten-free aisles and kombucha-filled refrigerated cases await.
A big draw for families are “family pack” bulk items that sell for significantly less than individual items.
Wegmans opens Sunday at 7 a.m. at 21 Flushing Avenue inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard. There’s a 700-car parking lot to be shared with the rest of the complex, or shoppers can take the F line to the York Street station and walk the remainder 15 minutes, or the Q to DeKalb Avenue station and walk about 15 to 20 minutes to the store. Bus B57 and B69 also stop near the store.
Below, find menus for the different food spaces