Something big is happening in the heart of Brooklyn and its changing New York City’s food scene. It’s called Smorgasburg and it can be enjoyed Saturdays at East River State Park in Williamsburg. On Sundays, it takes place in Prospect Park at Breeze Hill. Each location runs from 11am to 6pm, rain or shine. Brooklyn Smorgasburg showcases over 100 food vendors from around the area, attracting over 10,000 visitors a day. It was even described by The New York Times as “The Woodstock of Eating.” Whether you’ve experienced it or not, Brooklyn Smorgasburg will leave you satisfied after every visit!
Brooklyn Smorgasburg and the Revolution of Flavor
A Foodie Paradise
Smorgasburg opened up in May of 2011 as an offshoot of the already popular Brooklyn Flea, with the same signature marketplace setup. The Williamsburg location offers one of the best views in the Tri-state area. With sprawling views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline, you will be able to chow down on some mouthwatering dishes in the shadow of the greatest city in the world.
The Main Attraction
In addition to the full service biergarten on premise, the 100+ vendors are the real draw for this Brooklyn mainstay. With vendors serving dishes from every corner of the world, this food hub has something for just about everyone’s taste. The hard part is narrowing down what you’re actually going to try. Here are a few vendors that you should definitely check out:
Head over to Charli’s Chicken and get some of the best fried chicken you’ll ever have in your life. Eat it on a sandwich or with some homemade cornbread on the side (and don’t be afraid to load up on all their original sauces).
Dan & John’s Wings
If fiery wings are more your thing, look no further than Dan & John’s Wings. Owned and operated by two Buffalo natives, they’re cooking up wings the right way. With sizes ranging from 5 piece all the way up to 50, you can get them boneless or traditional with all the standard wing flavors. They even have an “Insane!” flavor (just don’t say we didn’t warn you).
Chickpea and Olive
For the all of the non-meat eaters and those looking for some lighter (but still very tasty) fare, Chickpea and Olive is the place for you. Their entire menu is 100% plant-based but they’re serving up some of New York’s tastiest and most unique comfort food. We suggest the Calexico burger. It’s piled high with avocado, pickled red onions, vegan cheddar cheese and chipotle aioli.
In the mood for more worldly cuisine? Tramezzini is the spot for Venetian-style sandwiches. Try the Tonno & Cippolline sandwich. Between two slices of Italian bread, it’s stuffed with yellowfish tuna and balsamic vinegar pickled pearl onions, imported all way from Italy.
Otherwise, Santa Salsa is serving up authentic Venezuelan street food. Voted the “Best Hot Dog in NYC” by Village Voice, the Perro Con Todo dog is the most popular dish on the menu. You can’t go wrong with a hot dog that’s stacked with onions, cabbage, crushed potato chips, cheddar cheese, ketchup, mustard, and their signature Santa Salsa.
For anyone that’s ever been, what are some of your favorite dishes and vendors?