There are not many places were you can get a burger wedged between ramen noodle patties, tiny whoopie pies, and sandwiches on glazed doughnut buns in the same place. Luckily, Brooklyn has Smorgasburg; weekend food festival and hungry Brooklynite magnet. Never have I seen so many badly dressed 20-somethings in one spot. Come for the food, AND the sights! Anyway. Here are ten stalls you can’t miss. I
don’t recommend trying them all in the same day. Enjoy!
1. Sunday Gravy
In every Italian household, Sundays are spent over a pot of simmering gravy (or sauce). Sunday Gravy brings this great Italian-American tradition on the road. They take heaping spoonfuls of sauce made from slow braised beef, pork, sausage, and meatballs and pour it over perfectly cooked, made to order rigatoni. If you don’t want the sauce (but why wouldn’t you?) try one of their sandwiches like chicken parmesan or roasted veggies with goat cheese.
2. Asia Dog
Hot Dogs can be found on any corner of New York in the summer, but none are as unique as Asia Dog. Incorporating Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese influences, Asia Dog only uses top-quality ingredients and organic meats. They even cater to those who don’t eat meat, offering veggie dogs. The ITO is Japanese curry and homemade kimchi apples; a savory and tangy topping. In the mood for some Vietnamese? Try the complex and spicy VINH, a banh-mi style dog with aioli, pate, cucumbers, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro and jalapeño.
Landhaus is a “farm to sandwich” eatery with a menu item no one can deny drooling over; grilled maple bacon on a stick! Enough said. But if you want something a little more food and less fat on a stick, try the Lamburger; grass fed lamb, whipped sheeps milk feta, house made harissa, grilled onions and cilantro on a Napoli Bakery roll. The patty is charred to a perfect, crunchy crisp while still remaining juicy inside. They also serve a refreshing Mint Lemonade, perfect for hot summer days.
4. Blue Marble Ice Cream
Owned by two woman born and raised in Brooklyn, Blue Marble has a great story and mission behind the delicious ice cream. They are certified organic, with their own organic ice cream factory as well as a charity fund. They have won many awards and have been featured in over twenty publications, and for good reason. On a hot summer day, nothing cools you off better than a cup (or a cone!) of Key Lime Pie, Cookies & Cream or Salted Caramel Ice Cream. Add any number of toppings, including the usuals like hot fudge and sprinkles, or oddities like balsamic vinegar and egg cream.
5. Batter & Cream
Feeling guilty about all the stuff you just ate and only want a “bite” for dessert? Head on over to Batter & Cream for their bite-sized whoopie pies. Founder Elizabeth Fife was tired of the same old bite-sized treats, so she came up with creative, gourmet confections made from natural ingredients. She has flavors like Banana Salted Caramel, Rosemary Brown Butter and Lemon Sage. They are also available to cater events of all sizes, from weddings to corporate events.
6. Bitesize Kitchen
Steamed buns are one of the cutest, yummiest food items out there; they fit perfectly in your hand, they’re chewy and filled with salty, tangy, savory goodness. Bitesize Kitchen offers delicious, exotic options, calling themselves the “glutton’s paradise”. Why? Because one is even served on a glazed bun. It’s filled with braised pork belly, cucumber, hoisin and pickled jalapeño. But if you want something less artery-clogging, try the red curry coconut chicken with crushed peanuts, fried garlic and shallots served on a steamed bun.
7. ISH Premium Horseradish
Horseradish is not for the faint of heart; it can burn your nose terrible if you have too much at once. However, if you are a true fan, ISH is the place to get the best tasting horseradish. They made four fresh flavors; Beet, Citrus, Garlic and Ginger. Not only are they delicious but they are great for you; high in Vitamin C, has zero fat or cholesterol, and is a powerful aphrodisiac. (HINT: put some on top of oysters when you cook dinner for your significant other).
8. Brooklyn Soda Works
The average glass of Cola has around 44 grams of added sugar in it and only comes in one, sickly sweet flavor. At Brooklyn Soda Works, they only use fruit juice, herbs and bubbles to make simple and sophisticated sodas. Some of this years flavors include Plum & Basil, Cucumber, Lime & Sea Salt, and Hibiscus, Cinnamon & Clove. It’s a great thirst quencher on a hot summer day and more interesting than water or lemonade.
9. Red Hook Lobster Pound
Besides dunked in warm butter, lobster is best served two ways; piled on a potato roll, or baked into mac & cheese. Red Hook Lobster Pound offers these delicious options, with some unique variations. Connecticut Style is just warm butter & lemon, Tuscan style is a light, basil vinaigrette, and they even offer it as a BLT. By far their best dish is the lobster mac & cheese. Warm and gooey with soft lobster bits throughout. Even if it’s boiling hot out this summer, this is a guarantee must-try.
10. Milk Truck Grilled Cheese
Grilled Cheese has truly evolved over the years, from slices of rubbery cheese and white bread, to aged and exotic cheeses on house-made sourdough. At Milk Truck, they have a sophisticated, mouth-watering menu including the Bacon Cheddar Blue (thick sliced double smoked bacon, NY State Cheddar, Wisconsin Blue, Caramelized Onions, and spicy pickles on Rosemary Pullman Bread) and their Classic (Aged Wisconsin Gruyere, Cultured Butter on Balthazar Levian Pullman Bread). These are definitely grown-up grilled cheeses!
On Saturdays you can find Smorgasburg at 90 Kent Ave. (at N. 7th St.) in Brooklyn.
On Sundays you can’t miss them at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.