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Eat Chinese In An Ex-Pawn Shop Before Discovering a Speakeasy In A Food Hall

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Are you always on the hunt for a casual eatery that doesn’t sacrifice on quality? At The Wei in Downtown Brooklyn, you’ll be delighted to find both. Previously a local pawn shop, the space has been redesigned to expose locally-sourced, quality structures. From the steel plate wall unearthed in the transition, to dozens of pieces throughout the restaurant, the spot features pieces pulled from Brooklyn vendors and salvage yards. Sit on a stool along one of the beautiful handmade tables and enjoy a chef-crafted menu based on some of the most popular dishes from the spot's original Flushing restaurant. Start with cold sesame noodles tossed in peanut sauce or boiled pork dumplings drizzled with their secret sauce. Then customize your entrée, choosing from a delectable list of bases, proteins, veggies, and garnishes. Wash your meal down with some sweet tea featuring lychee jelly and be on your Wei.

Head over to Dekalb Market afterward and peruse 40 vendors serving a variety of internationally-inspired cuisine. Among them, you’ll find Understudy, a speakeasy-style cocktail bar featuring craft cocktails created by Seth Gordon (the Standard Grill) and George Duval (Open Bar Hospitality). Try a guava cosmo or a coconut martini, if you dare. Natural wine and Brooklyn-brewed beer round out the menu. The space itself is designed by New York-based Home Studios and various Brooklyn-based artists.

The Wei

30 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn

Understudy

30 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn

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