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Eat a fertilized duck egg, deep-fried banana pudding and more at Smorgasburg Queens

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Dan Q Dao

Well, it's about time. The long-awaited northern expansion of Smorgasburg will feature 24 all-star vendors from the world's most ethnically diverse urban area (did you know?). Every Saturday from 11am-6pm, indulge in epicurean imports from all corners of the world — think Southeast Asian balut at a Filipino mom-and-pop and meaty arepas from a famed Colombian street cart

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Get your metrocards out, y'all—here are the top ten vendors to check out at Smorgasburg Queens. 

Alchemy Creamery 

The vegan ice cream purveyors, who can also be found at Smorgasburg BK, use a blend of almond, cashew and hazelnut milks as the base for their gluten-free and dairy-free "potions." Scoops of maple walnut and citrus chamomile nestled in handrolled waffle cones from The Konery will satisfy any ice cream craving, dairy or otherwise. 

Kimchi Smoke

After several successful pop-ups at the Old Bowery Station and Korilla BBQ, roving pitmaster Robert Cho's Korea-meets-Southern soul concept finds a (sort of) permanent home in Queens. He'll be opening with his signature "Chonut," which comes with smoked brisket, pulled pork, smoked kimchi, and cheddar cheese all on glazed donut. A ramen fried chicken is also in the works in the near future.

Marani Georgian Restaurant 

The meaty Georgian version of the more widely known pierogi, the pelmeni, will be the star at this stand from this beloved kosher spot in Forest Hills. The dumplings, made with thin dough, are filled with beef and fried to golden perfection.

Papa's Kitchen

The old-school Filipino comfort food and karaoke den serves lowbrow, traditional street snacks like the infamous balut—a pungent fertilized duck egg boiled and eaten in the shell. Crunchy. 

Queens Kickshaw

Beloved Astoria grilled cheese shop will stay true to form, spicing things up with a weekly-changing menu that includes a few festival exclusives like a burrata and herb on ciabatta number. Sammies aren't limited to savory either, with ice cream versions on the horizon.  

Ramen Shack

Keizo Shimamoto, the mind that birthed the ramen burger, happens to serve really good actual ramen as well. Each week, he'll be tangling up a different varietal of Japan's hallmark noodle soup. 


This New Orleans by-way-of Astoria restaurant lives up to its name, touting a rotating list of over-the-top confections (beignet dough battered deep-fried banana pudding, chocolate coconut pudding). 


The Flushing-based tea emporium, perhaps best known for its highly instagramm-able corked glass bottles, will serve an array of Chinese teas and desserts. 

The Arepa Lady

After two decades hawking Colombian street foods from a cart on Roosevelt Avenue, arepa queen Maria Piedad Cano got her brick-and-mortar shop last year in Woodside. Now, her famous griddled corn cakes make a return to the 'street' at Smorgasburg in varieties like arepas de queso and arepas de choclo


For the remainder of summer, Vendy Award-winning Taiwanese shaved ice whiz kids will offer their Party Rocks flavor exclusively at Smorgasburg Queens. Crunchy pop rocks collide with fruitty pebbles and chewy mochi atop cold and fluffy 'snow' in a indulgent, cool-down treat. 

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