If you haven’t heard of Smorgasburg, let us fill you in.
Welcome to Smorgasburg
Words by Erica Scime – Photography by Chuck Ortiz
Every Saturday in Brooklyn, New York, the city’s most dedicated foodies, bakers, chefs, farmers and entrepreneurs come together for Smorgasburg. From fresh baked cookies to homemade sauces to local fruits and vegetables, Smorgasburg is a food market like no other. Here is a little guide we put together.
Here are 8 of our
No food is more New York City than the hotdog but Asiadog has taken the city’s street food and made it their own with Asian-inspired toppings like kimchi and seaweed flakes or mango, cucumber, cilantro, crushed peanuts and fish sauce. Delicious and, just like New York City, diverse.
Lane Li started Noodle Lane to share her love of Sichuan Chinese food, which is both unknown and underrated, with the rest of New York City. Sure enough, New York City is in love the sweet, salty, sour and “tongue-numbing” noodles that Noodle Lane is serving up at Smorgasburg.
- Brooklyn Bangers
Michelin-worthy charcuterie at the casual Smorgasburg food market? Meat eaters already revered chef Saul Bolton but, since starting up Brooklyn Bangers at Smorgasburg, he has truly won the hearts of New York City’s carnivores with boudin noir sausages, smoked kielbasa and foie gras.
Sure, there are plenty of fusion food trucks at Smorgasburg but few are as inventive as Takumi Tacos. They bring together the traditional tacos of Mexico and the fresh sushi ingredients of Japan to come up with crowd-pleasers like the spicy tuna taco, the rock shrimp tempura taco and even a Sapporo-braised shortribs taco.
Brooklyn Oyster Party
If the Brooklyn Oyster Party’s raw, freshly-shucked oysters are good enough for owner and East coaster, Kyle Needham, you can bet they’re some good oysters. Needham started Brooklyn’s Oyster Party to bring friends together for a backyard oyster party and, years later, Needham is bringing together even more friends at Smorgasburg.
- Sunday Gravy
They say that one taste of Sunday Gravy’s gravy is all it takes to know that it’s the best around. They start with a slow, six-hour braise of beef and, plum tomatoes, garlic and basil and then add the sausage and meatballs for one more hour. If you get to taste Sunday Gravy at Smorgasburg you may want to eat it with a spoon but they say its best served over macaroni.
Slant Shack Jerky
Who would have thought that a bunch of friends and a shabby apartment with a slanted roof would bring about some of the best beef jerky in the country? Sure enough, SlantShack has done just that with their all-natural ingredients, grass-fed beef and wildly tasty flavours like maple syrup and garlic powder. Needless to say, nobody at Smorgasburg could get enough.
The chorizo is a classic sandwich and, somehow, Bocata has made it even better. But spicy sausage, arugula and roasted peppers are not the only things that Bocata is serving up at Smorgasburg. Their tortilla sandwich and chorizo, egg and manchego breakfast sandwich are both delicious and the Bocata boys can barely make enough to keep up.
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Here is some information we
think you should know.
Smorgasburg brings together food entrepreneurs and established purveyors from New York City and across the region selling both packaged and prepared foods, fresh produce, and other food-related stands (kitchen utensils, housewares, etc.), for a total of approximately 100 vendors.
It goes down every Saturday from 11am to 6pm. The market is open, rain or shine.
Its located at Williamsburg waterfront between North 6th and North 7th St., at the East River.
Have a look at what we saw on our recent visit to Smorgasburg.
Thanks for reading.