Launched in 2011, Smorgasburg in Brooklyn is a food festival and flea market. This celebration of street food takes place in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays, and it attracts thousands of visitors every year. You’ll find everything from old vinyl records to Indian curry dishes here, as well as a memorable family day out you’ll remember for a lifetime.
But to get the very best out of your experience, you need to know what’s in store — and where to sample the best street food you’ll ever taste. Here are a few tips to make your visit to Smorgasburg, Brooklyn extra special.
A Few Tips for Your Arrival
This is one of the most popular food markets in New York City, and some of the snacks on offer can begin to run low within just a few hours of opening. If possible, get to the entrance at 10:30 a.m. for an 11:00 a.m. start — and don’t be put off by the long queues to get in. By around 1:00 a.m., most of the best grub has gone, so plan your day to the very last detail.
This is a great market for wandering and exploring on foot, and al fresco dining actually adds to the experience. But if you need a seat, there are plenty scattered around the park — both outdoors and indoors. If you want the best seats at the event, however, make your way to Northside Piers, which offers stunning views and a great vantage point for people-watching.
Sample the Best Food on Offer
There are dozens of amazing food stalls at Smorgasburg, Brooklyn, but a few simply can’t be missed. You can grab a very reasonably-priced lobster roll at Red Hook Lobster Pound, or sample some authentic Hong Kong egg waffles at wowfulls. For a cup of freshly-ground coffee, join the queue at Blue Bottle Coffee, and make sure you buy a pound of beans to take home.
Nothing beats watching the stall-owners making their culinary delights in front of a crowd. The theatricality of it all actually enhances your enjoyment of the food — particularly at places such as The Meat Hook hot dog stand. In the summer, make sure you looks for People’s Pops (selling a huge range of popsicles) and La Buena, which is famous for its refreshing gazpacho soup.
There are many market stalls at Smorgasburg, selling handcrafted products, antiques and everything in between. However, the real heart of this weekly event is the food on offer. Rather than gorge on a large meal from one stall, make sure you eat little and often throughout the day. This way, you’ll be able to sample a multitude of flavors from around the world.
For example, order a pasta donut from Pop Pasta for around $6 as a starter, then an hour or so later (after lots of browsing), try a mini pulled-pork sandwich from Mighty Quinn’s BBQ — which should set you back around $10.
Smorgasburg opens at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, so what better way to start your day than with a spot of brunch. Head to Brunch-On-A-Stick, and buy a hearty brunch you can carry around in one hand. Try the quail egg brunch stick, which also includes bacon, sausage, pesto and cheese.
When you’re ready for something sweet, you’re really spoilt for choice at Smorgasburg. The Churro Ice Cream Sandwich from Dulcinea Churros has to be tasted to be believed. And the Pineapple John is a refreshing drink and dessert rolled into one — served in a hollowed pineapple.
Plan to arrive at Smorgasburg around 30 minutes before it opens, and plan to leave when the event closes for the day at 6:00 p.m. Other than that, explore this wonderful open-air event at your leisure. All you need for a day you’ll never forget is a good pair of walking shoes and an empty stomach.