I recently had the pleasure of visiting Smorgasburg– the Brooklyn Flea Food Market. Every Saturday from April to November, over 100 vendors come to the East River State Park on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg to become, as described by the New York Times, the “Woodstock of Eating.” I arrived to a market abuzz with people, mostly hip Brooklyn twenty-somethings, ambling around the food tents with a paradoxical appetite: the more they ate, the hungrier they seemed to get. It was understandable, as the mixing aromas of the varied tents and the chatter about food created a lively and relaxed atmosphere. There were tents for everyone: Dough for the doughnut aficionado, Bombay Sandwich Co. for the adventurous eater who wants a spiced and flavorful sandwich, the Milk Truck for anyone who simply wants a grilled cheese, and many more. I brought a friend, and together we sampled a few of the many available delicacies at Smorgasburg.
The first thing I ate was some green curry ramen from Bassanova Ramen. The dish was very flavorful and spicy, and was well presented with vegetables and peanuts that helped keep it mild. The charsiu was smoky and paired well with the flavor of the noodles.
I then had a Chola brisket sandwich from the Bolivian LLAMA Party tent, which was absolutely delicious. The brisket was flavorful and tender, and the combination of pickled carrots, onions, lemon, and pepper gave the sandwich a kick.
The “Season Sandwich” from Duck Season consisted of duck confit, pickled cabbage, and their “special XO sauce.” When biting into the sandwich, there was a very satisfying crunch from the confit and the cabbage, which was soon followed by the tender part of the confit and the umami of the sauce.
Craving something sweeter, I tried the maple bacon cupcake from Butter and Scotch. It was pretty tasty, but at two dollars for a quarter sized cupcake, it was not cheap. The candied bacon actually paired quite well with the maple flavor of the cake, and the cream cheese based icing balanced the sweetness.
For those who go to Smorgasburg in sweltering weather, I would definitely recommend an ice cream sandwich from the Good Batch. While it was very large, the cookies tasted fresh and the ice cream was light enough to eat without getting too full.
For a drink, I had a blueberry lemon soda from Brooklyn Soda Works, which was a bit tart and very refreshing: the perfect end to any great meal.