If unlimited food options all within one, easily accessible park makes you want to hop on the subway, your goal should be to visit Smorgasburg, the food flea market of Brooklyn. There are two separate locations, one on the Williamsburg waterfront at East River State Park (open on Saturdays from 11a.m.-6p.m.) and one at Prospect Park (open on Sundays from 11a.m.-6p.m.). With such a variety of vendors (able to satisfy vegetarians like myself and meat lovers alike), Smorgasburg is one of the few destinations absolutely guaranteed not to disappoint. This food flea market offers typical comfort foods for those who do not necessarily go out of their way to try new snacks and meals, but also provides foods that go beyond the norm for the more adventurous. My personal choices included greasy-in-the-best-way truffle fries with a chipotle ranch sauce on the side from Home Frite, melt in your mouth butter cakes from Gooey&Co, mozzarella sticks fried to perfection from Big Mozz: Mozz Sticks (there is also a Big Mozz: Pizza vendor for those more interested in pizza), and three different types of lemonade (regular, cranberry lime, and strawberry). Smorgasburg is dog-friendly, and the patrons take full advantage, so if you’re a dog lover this is a definite bonus. 100 different food vendors occupy each park, and somehow the various aromas all mix to create a mouthwatering smell encompassing the area. The social media-popular Ramen Burgers and Raindrop Cakes are also a staple of Smorgasburg, as well as Wowfulls, an ice cream vendor boasting authentic Hong Kong-style egg waffles to contain your (somewhat limited) choice of ice cream. The line for Wowfulls was extremely long, accrediting their delicious reputation, but the workers were accommodating of the hungry masses of people, requesting phone numbers and texting patrons to alert them when the creation was finished, rather than making the customers stand around the tent and miss out on other foods. The vendors are all set up in a loop, and I would recommend taking a lap or two to scope out what most appeals to you before diving in, which is admittedly much easier said than done due to the endless variety of foods. Do you want Asian noodles? Specialty Jams? Eggplant, chicken, or meatball parm? Maybe some curried crab? Smorgasburg has vendors that can deliver on all fronts, and the list of available foods is thoroughly extensive. Granted, the prices are somewhat steeper than at your typical NYC street vendor (I think I spent between 40 and 50$ in total for my choices, as well as subway fare), but Smorgasburg is definitely worth it and the food absolutely lives up to the expectations of those eager to visit this food flea market. The family- and pet-friendly atmosphere combined with the unbeatable assembly of food vendors and picturesque locations at Prospect Park and the waterfront put Smorgasburg at the top of any foodie’s dream destination.
For more information: http://www.smorgasburg.com