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Where To Eat: Smorgasburg is Filled with Treats
April 9, 2018 by Angela Riechers
The image shows sushi covered with spicy mayo. It also includes black and regular sesame seeds.

For a day of eating just about anything delicious you can imagine, take a short hop on the L train from the east side of Manhattan to the East River State Park in Williamsburg, where the joys of one of the largest weekly open-air food markets in America await. From April through October, between 20,000 and 30,000 people head to Smorgasburg on the Brooklyn waterfront Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays, trying to choose amongst a staggering array of edibles on offer from 100 small vendors. Hungry but can’t quite decide what you want? This is your place.

fried mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce

Mozzarella sticks. Photo by Angela Reichers.

Mozzarella Sticks
Big Mozz: bigmozz.com
These logs of fresh mozzarella, breaded and fried to a perfect mahogany crunch, then sprinkled with Parmesan and fresh parsley, are completely irresistible. Get an extra side of the garlicky marinara for dipping; you won’t regret it.

Parmesan Truffle Fries
Home Frite: homefrite.com
It seems that every other person at Smorgasburg is enjoying a cardboard cone of these aromatic fries, offered with a choice of sauces including avocado herb and lemon aioli.

Short Ribs
Carnal: carnal-bk.com
Sometimes a hefty short rib, slow cooked, charcoal grilled, then smothered in chimichurri, just hits the spot.

chinese food
Peking duck dumplings. Photo by Angela Reichers.

Peking Duck Dumplings
Destination Dumplings: destinationdumplings.com
Delicate fried dumplings filled with shredded Peking duck, drizzled with a spicy red sauce, and dotted with black and white sesame seeds, come five to an order, served atop a vibrant green banana leaf. You may need a second order.

Lobster Rolls
Red Hook Lobster Pound: redhooklobster.com
The next best thing to being on the Maine waterfront is being on the Brooklyn waterfront eating a lobster roll that gets every detail right, from the lemony mayonnaise dressing to the gently poached lobster. The sweet potato fries are dreamy, too.

Spaghetti Donuts
Pop Pasta: poppasta.com
In case you ever wanted to eat spaghetti with your hands without making a huge mess, try a baked spaghetti donut in your choice of red sauce, carbonara, aioli or mac’n’cheese.

Man's hand holding a basket of chicken and waffles with pickles on top over a white napkin.
Fried chicken & waffles. Photo by Angela Reichers.

Fried Chicken & Waffles
BeeHive Oven Biscuit Cafe: beehiveoven.com
Still not full? How about a pile of tender deep fried chicken strips served with half a waffle and some sweet pickle slices? Don’t forget to add some hot sauce on top.

Banana Pudding
#Baonanas: baonanas.com
A little cup of delicate banana pudding, in flavors such as lychee-rose and matcha, is a guaranteed day-brightener.

Ice Cream Waggles
Wowfulls: wowfulls.com
Take a deep breath and try to make room for a freshly made Hong Kong-style egg waffle filled with ice cream and your choice of fruit, Nutella, gummy bears, Fruity Pebbles, and more.

Ice Cream Sandwiches
The Good Batch: thegoodbatch.com
Try vanilla ice cream cradled between oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies and finished off with a drizzle of chocolate and a sprinkling of sea salt. Other flavors available.

For more info on Smorgasburg, visit their website and helpful FAQ.