April is officially upon us, which means warm(er) weather, a brief respite from exams and… Smorgasburg! If you haven’t heard of Smorgasburg, here’s the rundown.
According to its website, Smorgasburg is the “the largest weekly open-air food market in America attracting 20,000-30,000 people” each weekend. Expect tiny stalls, handmade food, and standing room to eat.
The festival happens every weekend starting April 12 through early November. Up to 100 food vendors convene in Brooklyn to share their specialities from various regions. Plan to go between 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. if you choose to go on Friday; otherwise go between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
On Fridays, Smorgasburg takes place outside the World Trade Center in Manhattan. On Saturdays, head to East River State Park between Kent Avenue and North 7th Street in Williamsburg. On Sundays, go to Breeze Hill in Prospect Park.
What kind of food should I be expecting?
Do you like dumplings? Or bubble tea? How about dumplings AND bubble tea? If you answered yes to any of those questions, the Yumpling stall if for you.
If you’re more of a gourmet sandwich kind of person, check out Gourmet by Nuno, which specializes in Portuguese sandwiches.
Craving poke bowls? Head to the Sons of Thunder for some delicious, fresh poke!
If you want some finger food that is on the more affordable side, try Borrachito. It has great tacos.
And to end on a sweet note, why not try some Thai-rolled ice cream for dessert? 10Below is where it’s at!
Check out the complete list of vendors here.
Smorgasburg can be a great way to spend a part of your day relaxing and enjoying great food in an open-air environment. Be warned though, some of the food can be expensive, and sometimes even overpriced. Don’t forget to bring cash, as not all places accept credit or debit card!
We also suggest making a day out of your trip to Smorgasburg. Head to Brooklyn for the food, but also other things: Check out Brooklyn Bridge, lounge around in the parks, visit some bookstores or museums! Stop by Smorgasburg for a nice snack but if you’re worried about costs; don’t plan a whole meal at the festival, especially if you’re hungry after a day of sightseeing. Overall, Smorgasburg is a must-visit if you’re in the area and are a foodie willing to spend. But don’t go all the way just for the fest, especially if you’re on a budget.