Sample Local Bites at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg Food Market

on October 23, 2013

Cemitas mexican sandwiches, stuffed with all the good stuff

Like delicious food? Like beautiful city views? Right–you’d have to be crazy not to. So get yourself to Smorgasburg, Brooklyn’s open-air weekend food market, which will continue running until the weekend of November 23-24. And since fall this year in New York has been warm, sunny, and just plain awesome, it would be a shame not to make it before the market closes for the winter.

Each weekend from April through November, Smorgasburg takes over two prime spots along the Brooklyn waterfront. On Saturdays, find the market at East River Park in Williamsburg, just a few blocks from the Bedford L stop. On Sundays, the market moves to the DUMBO waterfront at the historic Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park, accessible by the 2, 3, A, C, and F trains. Open from 11am to 6pm, I recommend getting there on the earlier side; towards the end of the day, pickings get slim and it tends to get crowded later in the afternoon (read: longer lines), as people slowly come out of their hungover stupors and head to Smorgasburg to satiate their hunger.

And there’s plenty of options there to get your grub on. Smorgasburg features 75-100 vendors that run the entire gamut of ethnic and American street food: everything from barbecue to El Salvadorian pupusas to ramen to Indian dosas. Given all the options, take a stroll around the entire market to get a sense of what’s on offer. Also–and here’s the best part–many vendors offer samples so you can try before you decide, because believe me, everything will look good.

A couple recommendations, if I may: Start off with a big cup of Grady’s cold brew coffee–something about the way they brew this coffee with chicory (don’t ask me what that is, because I’m still unsure) instantly cures what ails you. It might just be the best coffee I’ve ever had. Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue will undoubtably have a line, but that’s because their brisket is incredible, a huge portion and reasonably priced. This is not a place to go while on a low-carb diet: The gooey, buttery grilled ham and cheese sandwich from Milk Truck is always a good call, or try the roasted jalepeno cheddar corn bread from Jack’s Chedbred. Other great bites include fried anchovies from Bon Chovie, and the huge Cemitas mexican sandwiches piled high with lots of fresh ingredients (great for sharing). Top off your food coma with a doughnut from Dough.

Finally, be sure to spend some time taking in the sun and enjoying the views of Manhattan across the river. Happy eating!