What I Ate Wednesday is a series of spotlights on diverse eating styles and recipes, meant to showcase different diets and explore the wide variety of foods we choose to eat! Tori is our social media coordinator.
New York is renowned for its bustling food scene, so it’s no surprise Smorgasburg in Brooklyn is such a hit amongst locals & visitors. Originating in 2011 as a spinoff of the Brooklyn Flea (another NY favorite), Smorgasburg quickly became America’s largest open-air food market. As its playful name suggests, nearly 100 vendors set up every weekend to offer a variety of the greatest food, drink, and dessert the city has to offer.
My group and I went into the experience with open minds and empty stomachs. With seemingly endless options abound, it was absolutely crucial to do a lap before making any serious food decisions. We narrowed in on our interests from there and decided to get one small thing from as many vendors as our bank accounts would allow. Before diving right into the good stuff, it would irresponsible of me to not pass along my learnings…
Bring cash! It’s pretty 50/50 on whether or not vendors take cash only, so come prepared or pay the ($2.50 ATM) price.
Pack a picnic blanket. Although picnic tables offer seating on the grounds, they tend to fill up quickly. Bring a blanket and set up camp in one of New York’s most beautiful parks instead.
Pets are welcome! (This is only true for Prospect Park’s Smorgasburg…deduct points for Williamsburg).
Smorgasburg is only open from April-October. Don’t miss out!
The Lobster Pound – Red Hook, Brooklyn (with other locations in the city, Montauk, and D.C.)
Seafood with a speciality in Lobster (of course).
First up, The Lobster Pound! My boyfriend and I actually stumbled upon the brick and mortar storefront when we first moved to New York and spent a day exploring Red Hook. We were blown away by our first experience and have talked obsessively about returning ever since. Red Hook can be a bit of a trek from the Upper East Side, so we were pleasantly surprised to see The Lobster Pound at Smorgasburg and we just had to capitalize on the opportunity. We’re normally pretty adventurous when it comes to food, but we couldn’t resist ordering the exact same roll we ate that first time: the Connecticut Lobster Roll.
The bun is absolutely crucial here. It’s warm and soft from the absorption of gooey, melted butter. It’s the perfect complement to the fresh, lemon-squeezed lobster. If you twisted my arm and forced me to say one bad thing, it’d be that the roll was slightly smaller than I remembered. It’s a pricier spend than most other Smorgasburg options, but completely worth it!
Rubyzaar Baked – Smorgasburg only
Comfort food basics (cookies, grilled cheese, cheesecake, etc.).
Although I will quite possibly always regret not getting the frozen cheesecake (it looked so good), I only stopped by Rubyzaar Baked to grab a quick drink (read: much-needed palette cleanser). Their lemonade set up, which is unfortunately blocked in this particular picture, was too cute to pass up. Arranged in giant mason-jar dispensers, it felt home-y like a little kid’s lemonade stand. Although Strawberry and Passionfruit were flavor options, I like to go for the classics when trying a new place. That way I can see how it stand against my pre-established favorites and decide if it’s worth exploring the menu more. I have a big sweet tooth, so the drink wasn’t as sugary as I prefer lemonade to be, but it was still cool and refreshing. Conclusion: It passed the ‘classic’ test and I will be returning for more menu items in the future!
Dosa Royale – Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
Indian, vegetarian, vegan fare.
Full disclosure: I had no idea what a mango lassi was when I ordered this drink. (Later Googling confirmed it’s a yogurt-based mango smoothie.) My purchase was primarily based on the fact that I am obsessed with Trader Joe’s dried mango and thought it reasonable to assume I’d enjoy another mango-flavored snack. Especially considering my earlier purchases were pretty standard, I felt the need to try something more adventurous.
The mango lassi had a thick, creamy, and predictably mango taste. The thickness left a throat-coating I didn’t particularly love and since it had been sitting out in the Brooklyn sun it wasn’t cold enough to be considered refreshing. Nonetheless, it was fruity and flavorful, making the perfect drink to sip on while people-watching (which is part of the Smorgasburg allure).
Destination Dumplings – pop-up only
Traditional dumplings with a fresh twist on flavors and presentation.
Destination Dumplings was founded by two self-proclaimed “kids from Queens.” And not just any part of Queens, but the borough’s dumpling capital…Flushing. I didn’t know this in the moment, but having since tasted the dumplings (we went with “The Classic” pork & chive), the story checks out.
These babies had the perfect combination of flavor. Just slightly crispy with a satisfying, juicy bite of pork inside. As the flavors swirl around your tongue, a distinct kick of soy ties everything together. They were hot and delicious and I’m not ashamed to say we basically inhaled them.
And that’s what we ate (read: devoured) at Brooklyn Smorgasburg! Smorgasburg is just one of the many things we love about being headquartered in the foodie capital of New York City. Whether you live in NYC or are just visiting, Smorgasburg is absolutely worth the visit(s)!
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