Named after the French word for “bodega”, Brooklyn-based Dépanneur considers themselves a convenience store. That may be an apt description if all urban convenience stores stocked elderflower soda, locally-sourced hand soap, and German Katje yogurt gummies along with their household cleaning supplies and cigarettes. Perhaps we could call them a locally-minded gourmet shop with a European grocery twist, but then you’d be missing their delicatessen sandwich counter (New York Magazine gives it a 10 out of 10), Intelligentsia coffee, and Ceci-Cela pastries…so maybe a convenience store/Euro grocer/gourmet deli/specialty coffee shop/patisserie?
Whatever your chosen descriptor, Dépanneur opened in 2010 by Nichelina Mavros on the corner of Wythe and North 3rd street, and has since become a staple for New York bon vivants and Williamsburg locals alike. If you find yourself in the neighborhood jonesing for a prosciutto sandwich with fig jam (the best you’ll ever have, we’ve been assured), swing by Dépanneur, say hi, and maybe pick us up some Mast Brother's Chocolate.