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 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 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 Nana's frozen bananas, 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 and Coco NY—serving Japanese teriyaki balls—and City 'Lasses—with its fortifying Switzels (old-timey West Indian drinks made with blackstrap molasses, ginger, lemon and honey)—more than hold their own.
27 North 6th St
|Cross street:||between Kent Ave and East River|
|Opening hours:||Sat 11am–6pm|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Bedford Ave|
Average User Rating
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Ugh. This is one of those events that would be fine if it wasn't so over-hyped and crowded. But it IS over-hyped, and it is WAY overcrowded, so it's not fine. In fact, it's also too expensive because it's so over-hyped. I didn't have any real quality food here, but rather had fancy fair food. It was like hipster foodies had to figure out what to sell out of a food cart at a fair. Oh, wait, that's exactly what it is. Maybe they should not be ashamed of it, and again, if I discovered it without a soul in line, I'd probably think I found a pretty cool thing, but prepare yourself for up to 1-hour waits (yeah, that was mostly the ramen burger – which was crap quality meat, and not as tasty as the intrigue would have me believe), and greasy, sub-par cuisine… or slightly elevated (and overpriced) fair food. Either way, I won't be back. I would give it 4 stars if it weren't' for they hype and the crowds. -1 star for the hype and –2 stars for the crowds.
So first the good things about Smorgasburg: There are about 100 different vendors, many of them delicious and unique, there's a park with a gorgeous view of Manhattan to enjoy your food by, and there's plenty of bars and restaurants to escape to after you've had your fill. Now for the bad things: It wasn't this way a couple summer ago, but Smorgasburg is now overrun with tourists and even Manhattanites and the lines are almost impossible. As a curmudgeonly New Yorker, I have little to no patience for lines anymore, and mostly avoid Smorgasburg now. My advice is to be one of the first people there and get in and get out before the masses appear. And if you must have that ramen burger or ice cream sandwich, be prepared to wait in the sun for a very long time.