Who would have thought Brooklyn would take over as New York’s culinary capital? That may be a bit harsh…after all, we still own Keller, Daniel, and Lo. But even I have to admit that Brooklyn’s “lower” (they are now on par with NYC) rents, and younger more experimental demographic drained culinary talent out of the city proper.
Lucky for me, Smorgasburg is one stop away from Manhattan. It is a quick, easy, and relatively painless trip (unless you make the idiotic choice to go there on any day when the weather is over 85 Fahrenheit.
What is Smorgasburg, you ask? Hmm…you’ve been hiding under a rock for a while…or maybe you’re a little afraid of Obama’s new internet tactics…Smorgasburg is a culinary takeover at two locations in Brooklyn:
- Williamsburg – Saturdays 11am-6pm at East River State ParkKent Ave. and N. 7 St
- DUMBO – Sundays aaam-6pm at the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Smorgasburg features killer vendors selling packaged and prepared foods, drinks, and tons of delicious goodies from over 100 purveyors from New York City and across the region. The markets are open rain or shine or ridiculously hot weather.
What can I get at Smorgasburg? Here are some pics of my lucky finds at Smorgasburg Williamsburg:
Pastrami Shu Mai
Duck Confit Dumplings
Raspberry iced tea (and lots of other kinds throughout)
This stand makes the best chicken parm sandwiches.
This stand makes gourmet “piraguas” or “raspados” – basically shaved ice in flavors like Lemon Basil.
Hot dogs? But of course…they have an Asian flair at ASIADOG.
Sliders? How about vegetarian beet sliders? Comfort Food? Yup, Lumpia (if you haven’t had these…you haven’t lived), and Jack’s Chesbread (yeah…corn-cheese-bread).
Sunday Gravy makes their better than your mom ever did…and their chicken parm can battle any NJ Italian Deli.
The Bolivian Llama gives you Saltenas.
These “empanada” impostors are tasty, not as good as Colombian empandas (yeah…I know I’m biased), but they make for a great change of pace. Make sure to ask for hot sauce.
One of my favorite stands flavor wise…but my wallet always hurts after eating these…they’re kinda (seriously) expensive for what you get.
This delicious bite (and I say bite, because it was a “bite”) was $6…and yet, I considered getting a second.[mappress mapid=”13″]