Field guide: Outdoor eats

TONY presents a handy manual for navigating the city's newest flea markets and alfresco food courts.

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    Smorgasburg

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    Mimi & Coco NY

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    Teriyaki balls from Mimi & Coco NY

    Teriyaki balls from Mimi & Coco NY

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    Oysters from Brooklyn Oyster Party

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Piggybacking on the runaway success of the Brooklyn Flea (still held in Fort Greene on Saturdays and in Williamsburg on Sundays), founders Eric Demby and Jonathan Butler recently unveiled this food-only Saturday market—a glutton's paradise packed with more than 100 vendors. Along with Greenmarket stalls and flea stalwarts like Porchetta, the gastro-bazaar features a flurry of side projects from restaurant-world vets. King's Crumb, brought to you by a trio with ties to Momofuku Noodle Bar and Prime Meats, doles out lard-and-buttermilk biscuits ($7) cloaked in homemade clotted cream and seasonal jams, plus sweet tea dashed with Angostura bitters. And Pies 'n' Thighs baker Cecile Dyer channels the county fair with Nanas' frozen bananas ($4 and up), which are coated in a thick chocolate armor and sprinkled with sea salt and other fancy toppings. But don't overlook the vendors without boldfaced-name connections: Upstarts like Mimi & Coco NY, serving Japanese teriyaki balls (six for $5), and City 'Lasses—with its fortifying switzels (old-timey West Indian drinks made with blackstrap molasses, ginger, lemon and honey; $4)—more than hold their own. 27 North 6th St between Kent Ave and East River, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (brooklynflea.com). Sat 9am--5pm. Through October.

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