All About Smorgusburg
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What started out as a handful of stands at Brooklyn Flea (a trendy flea market that remains a big draw), has become a summer-long smorgasbord. Smorgasburg, a cleverly named food festival (it originated in Williamsburg Brooklyn), has become one of the most popular attractions in the city. It draws locals of tourists alike, while serving up a wide array of cuisines that would satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. On Smorgasburg Saturdays, restaurants and food trucks set up stands on the waterfront in Williamsburg. On Smorgasburg Sundays, the same stands move to Prospect Park.
Smorgasburg is the place to discover new foods and uncover hidden gems all in one convenient location. As this is the largest food market in the country, expect to wade through crowds and stand in lines; each weekend, this smorgasbord attracts up to thirty thousand people.
Despite the madness, if you are a foodie, have foodie friends, are local, or are coming from outside of Brooklyn, I assure you, this flea market for grub is worth the schlepp.
Smorgasburg Saturday is located at 90 Kent Street in Williamsburg Brooklyn. To get there via Subway, you will need to ultimately get on the L train (which may cause problems in the near future, as the L is due to shut down for repairs. Until then, the L will take you where you need to go). The 6, F, M, N, Q, R, W, 1, 2, 3 will all connect to the L, so regardless of where you are located, you have an easy way to get to Williamsburg. According to ParkWhiz, there are a number of parking options if you are driving.
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Smorgasburg Sunday is located at Breeze Hill (East Drive at Lincoln Road). If you are taking the subway, you can take the R, W, Q, 6, B, or 1 train. Again, plentiful options for anyone coming from another park of Brooklyn or another borough altogether. Parking may be a little more expensive and not as plentiful, but that doesn’t mean you are without options if you choose to drive. Once more, ParkWhiz illustrates your options.
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With each year, new vendors are added to the list of 100+ merchants that already serve up tasty morsels for the masses. This year is no exception, with the following new additions adding even more flavor to the smorgasbord:
Dulcinea Churros – made fresh right in front on your eyes!
Mission Ceviche – a Peruvian stand, offering your choice of fresh fish.
Ube Kitchen – Filipino desserts made from scratch.
Baked Cheese Haus – gooey sandwiches made from artisanal Wisconsin cheese.
Loata - Freshly made Pecan sticky buns
For the full list of new 2017 vendors, check out the Prospect Park Alliance website.
Another special feature of Smorgasburg is the over 21 section. With your valid ID, you get a wristband and the pleasure of sipping on a variety of craft beers. Though it is often cordoned off, this is a family friendly event and you are welcome to bring your little ones with you as long as they are well supervised. Unfortunately, Rover doesn’t count and will have to stay home altogether.
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Whether you are native or just visiting for the summer, you absolutely must take advantage of everything Smorgasburg has to offer. Rain or shine, you can chow down from 11am to 6pm every Saturday and Sunday. Take advantage of this and maybe challenge yourself to indulge in as many offerings as possible. Bring your family, friends, cash, and an empty stomach to Brooklyn this summer and enjoy some of the best food this city has to offer.
If you’re still not convinced, take a quick tour of Smorgasburg with the NYC Food Guy and get an idea of what this event has had to offer in years past. Good luck and happy eating!
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