Picture this: it’s a sunny Saturday in New York City and you are hungry, but know that your usual bagel or brunch place just won’t cut it. What do you do?
Hop on the subway and head to Brooklyn for Smorgasburg! Run by the folks behind Brooklyn Flea, one of the country’s premier flea markets, Smorgasburg is a carefully curated outdoor food market. With close to 100 hand-selected food vendors setting up shop every weekend, you are guaranteed to find a tasty treat to tame any craving.
Depending on your mood you can sample fresh shucked oysters from the Brooklyn Oyster Party, brisket sliders from Mighty Quinn, or grab a sandwich from Milk Truck Grilled Cheese. There are also tacos, nachos, donuts, fried chicken and waffles, ice cream treats, burgers, biscuits and more.
Not sure to try? Don’t fret! Most vendors offer smaller portions or bite-sized treats that are made to be shared. The vendors are also incredibly nice and help to explain any of the more unique items on the menu. It’s the perfect chance to let your inner foodie out and try something new.
Looking to have a boozy brunch? Smorgasburg has you covered there too. In the center of the market is a beer garden, featuring a fine selection of craft beers, wine and cocktails (make sure you don’t forget your ID- they will card you!). Just grab a seat at one of the tables, snack on one of your delicious new finds and sip your cocktails with near perfect views of the Manhattan skyline.
Have kids? Bring a towel or blanket and you can spread out in the park and picnic (unfortunately, no dogs are allowed in East River State Park).
Food and drinks range from $1-10 dollars depending on the vendor. Make sure to bring cash (and a couple for friends) to try as much as possible.
Smorgasburg is open rain or shine on Saturdays at East River State Park in Williamsburg (shown) and Sundays at Brooklyn Bridge Pier 5.
Check their website for directions and additional information.
Tips for visiting Smorgasburg:
– Bring cash- there is an ATM in the park but it is better to be prepared.
– Bring friends- you will want someone to share dishes with so you can try more things.
– Be prepared to wait in line- stands like Ramen Burger can have lines up to an hour but are worth the wait.
– Not sure what to try? Ask. There are many unique and different items on each menu and all the vendors we met were happy to make suggestions or explain ingredients. They also hustle and do their best to serve you as quickly as possible!