I’ve been to Eat The Street here in Hawaii numerous times, and so when she mentioned to me that we would be going to Smorgasburg, I thought I knew what to expect. I was wrong. Smorgasburg is bigger and grandeur, and for the die-hard foodie, it can be damn near disorienting. Mario Batali has called it “the single greatest thing I’ve ever seen gastronomically in New York City,” while the New York Times has described it as “the Woodstock of eating.” They are both right.
Smorgasburg, an outdoor food festival operated by the Brooklyn Flea, happens at two locations every weekend. You can stop by Saturdays at East River State Park—Kent Ave. and N. 7 St. on the Williamsburg waterfront, or Sundays at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5. Both locations are open from 11am to 6pm. Smorgasburg is a food lover’s dream come true, so expect to find food, food, food, and copious amounts of (non-alcoholic) drink concoctions.
We would catch the F train from the Lower East Side to get to Brooklyn. From there, it was about a half-mile walk to Pier 5. It was a dry and sunny summer day, fortunately, the short walk was all downhill. Once we reached the pier, the first thing that I noticed was the outstanding views of Manhattan. We had explored the Brooklyn Heights Promenade the day before, but in my opinion, the views from here were better.
Innovation rules at Smorgasburg. After all, this is the birthplace (sorta) of the infamous Ramen Burger. It’s a bit like taking the best food ideas from every culture and then throwing them all in a blender to come up with some of the craziest food inventions.
We wanted to try everything. That’s the disorienting part of being a foodie at such an event. I wanted it all! Of course, that didn’t happen. My wallet and my waist line probably thank me for that. That said, we did get to try a handful of delicious munchables. First up were the finger-sized lumpia from the Lumpia Shack. These aren’t like your mama’s lumpia, instead they featured Peking duck and truffle mushroom adobo. I decided to splurge on a Landhaus’ maple bacon on a stick. I was expecting one stick of maple bacon, instead, it came with three pieces of thick, fatty, juicy maple bacon. They were broke da’ mouth good. I just had to try the Brooklyn Piggie’s and their take on the popular pigs in a blanket. The spicy pork and chicken piggie’s hit the spot.
If you happen to find yourself in New York City, on a weekend, then I’d highly recommend that you make it a point to swing by Smorgasburg. Come hungry, come prepared, and get ready to pig out.