A Food Hall in Ma Bell’s Shadow
The Finnish architect Eero Saarinen designed Bell Labs — built in Holmdel, N.J., from 1959 to 1962 — as a low, sweeping building sheathed in mirrored glass, with a soaring atrium. In 2016, the AT&T research hub was repurposed as Bell Works, an office building where an array of companies, some in the tech field, have rented space. Last year it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. But the people who visit or work there have to eat, so Bell Market, a sleek food hall on the ground floor, has just opened. There you’ll find wood-fired pizza from Corbo & Sons; Honeybell Bakery, producing breads and pastries; a New York-style deli, Bubz, with bagels and sandwiches; Jozu, for rice bowls, hand rolls, ramen and robata; and Broadfork, for salad and grain bowls.
Bell Market at Bell Works, 101 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, N.J., 732-365-2500, bellmarketnj.com.
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Florence Fabricant is a food and wine writer. She writes the weekly Front Burner and Off the Menu columns, as well as the Pairings column, which appears alongside the monthly wine reviews. She has also written 12 cookbooks.