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Everything you need to know about visiting Smorgasburg (90 Kent Ave; East Dr at Lincoln Rd).

At this massive grub hub, there’s only one rule: Come hungry. The Brooklyn Flea spin-off draws more than 20,000 to 30,000 visitors per week, with a slew of 75 to 100 incredible food vendors doling out everything from Dutch waffles to pasta doughnuts.

Where is it?
Depends on when you go. For the summer 2017 season, the fest is in Williamsburg’s East River State Park (90 Kent Ave) on Saturdays and Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill (East Dr at Lincoln Rd) on Sundays.

Additionally, starting mid-July 2017, Manhattanites won’t have to cross the river to taste the treats. A Smorgasburg Soho is coming to 76 Varick St, and will be open seven days a week, with a half-dozen vendors on the weekdays, swelling to as many as twenty on the weekends.

When can I go?
Smorgasburg is open year-round. The summer months might be the most popular, running from April through October at 11am to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays, but in the winter months (November to March), the market joins forces with Brooklyn Flea and moves indoors. This past winter, the indoor Smorg was located at Skylight One Hanson (1 Hanson Place) on weekends from 10am to 6pm.

Is there anywhere to sit?
There are some picnic tables set up by the Smorgasburg team, but don’t plan on snatching one unless you have patience of steel. The organizers encourage you to bring picnic blankets with which to sit on the lawns of East River State Park or Prospect Park.

Are there rain dates?
Nope. The grub will be there rain or shine.

Most importantly, what kind of food can I find?
There around 100 vendors, so pretty much anything. The list varies each year, but some new vendors for 2017 include Baked Cheese Haus, Ube Kitchen, Pop Pasta, Dulcinea Churros and Destination Dumplings. Pro tip: Make sure you peruse the lineup before you go—those mouthwatering scents and the bevy of choices can make you dizzy (and the dense crowds can make you hangry).

Our New York editorial team is constantly updating and reviewing the best attractions, activities and venues across the city, so that you're always in the know, with the best of NYC at your fingertips. Smorgasburg was most recently updated with new tips on June 26, 2017.

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Wear your stretchy pants!!!!! This place is a foodies dream come true. I 1st visited the Williamsburg location & enjoyed great food & drinks w/the breathtaking city views. Go on an empty stomach to take advantage of all the options. The Colombian stand Palenque was one of my favorites. Buy a guava paste chunk & they will gladly slice it & add it the warm arepa con queso. I loved Brooklyn Soda Works carbonated Arnold Palmer. A fresh ingredients twist to an American Classic. Spend the day checking out the amazing array of food & if you're like me...start making a list of where you plan to eat your time around.

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I don't know about you, but I sure has heck love a food festival where you can get anything from homemade ice cream sandwiches to a burger with ramen for a bun!  I've been to Smorgasburg 3 separate times and it never gets old.  I go with a group of friends each time so we can get multiple things and share because otherwise you'd only get a to try a couple of things and what's the fun in that.  Go on an empty stomach and plan to stay there a few hours. 

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LOVED it here. The Lumpia Shack Mushroom Filipino Spring Rolls were my favorite!

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Summer isn't complete without a trip to every foodie's destination--Smorgasburg! Managed to get here before the crowd and I highly recommend you do. Mango chamoyada (sweet and spicy shaved ice with tamarind straw) & elotes 🌽 (grilled Mexican sweet corn) are my absolute faves along with Takumi Taco 🌮 (what's not to love about a Japanese-Mexican fusion?!) and Outer Borough's bomb scallion pancakes (the popcorn chicken could be better though, 😉). Wrapped it up with Ube Kitchen's vegan Halo Halo but how I wished they can recreate this staple with Magnolia (Filipino brand) ice cream because that would be so so perfect 😬 and Destination Dumplings? It was well worth it. Anyway, here's a recap of my scrumptious weekend.

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Smorgasburg is a cool food market that pretty much popularized food markets across New York City and they started in Williamsburg. This is the original and it's going stronger than ever so props to them for continuing this and expanding it year after year.  


They keep bringing a bunch of different vendors from across different cultures so expect a mix to satiate your appetite. Speaking of appetite, come here with money and an empty stomach. There are definitely some vendors better than others depending on the weather though that shouldn't really deter you from trying them out. 


The views of the skyline can't be beat in this location especially on a nice day. Expect crowds. Great to take guests visiting NYC if they want a taste of what the city has to offer. 


Happy eating and remember: Don't deny, satisfy! 

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I recently visited this food fest and I was totally impressed with such amazing views of the East River and the NYC skyline which emphasized the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings. We had incredible weather that day. The food market started getting packed at around 3 pm and at that point I had gotten dragon fruit ice cream with granola as well as a pitaya juice from Johns Juice along with a corn arepa with melted cheese. The day could not have gotten any better taste-wise thanks to the many exotic food items I indulged in throughout the early afternoon. There is a very diverse crowd attending this outdoor fest and you can easily tell the excitement visitors experience while trying out some of the most popular Instagram foodie trends. I was very happy to see my friends from Mission Ceviche from the gansevoort market in the meatpacking district selling their very uniquely decorated ceviche dish. This Brooklyn food fest is a must destination on your summer endeavors. Happy eating everyone!!! Yummy :)  

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Smogarsburg is A Brooklyn Flea Food Market located in Williamsburg & Prospect Park, open Sunday's only from 11AM-6PM (so best to come early!) or after church like we did. Reminiscent of an old flea market I would frequent with my parents in the parking lot of the Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. It's perfect for the leisurely stroll through the park (literally) and a stop off the beaten path to gather some grub, esp for those of us like myself who can get antsy with Mother Nature for not providing food at their fingertips. Equipped with TWO ATMs upon entry and a filtered water station, no need to stop before heading in. Over 100 vendors feat. weekly, with a few spotted faves I opted for the corn on a stick, done in a bowl for convenience, but probably having sacrificed flavor, I'd still prefer the street corn off Fordham Road in the Bronx. A crowd favorite, consistently being Home Frite of whom I thought related to French fry counterpart, Pommes Frites, a now Belgian West Village enclave of my fry obsession; apparently of no relation. Reception seeming overall tasty, although unable to err on either side as I didn't get to taste - $8 for a giant cone (to possibly share). My friend scored a S'mores Frozen Cheesecake Pop that they even torched for her (Disclaimer: Woman said, they will torch & put marshmallow on anything) even grilled cheese! Grab a spot in the middle of the madness under a shaded tree, & be sure to bring a blanket as the ground can be a bit uneven and well, dirty. Perfect for a group of friends, first date or even a family of 4 or more.


I love coming to Smorgasburg and finding lots of new yummy foods to eat. The vendors are always great and the Williamsburg location is wonderful as it is right on the water and when the weather is warm, you can hang out in the adjacent park and enjoy your food and drink. Would highly recommend coming and also bringing out of town guests or friends to! 

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This year's Smorgasburg is in both Williamsburg as well as Prospect Park. Both have roughly the same vendors (browse first since everything looks good!), but if you want a little more space -- definitely go to Prospect Park! It was my first time attending that location this past weekend and the lines were significantly shorter than the Williamsburg location, which can feel like a crammed L train when it's nice out. I definitely recommend Wowfulls! They have a few different options such as a plain or chocolate waffle "cone," three choices for ice cream: vanilla, birthday cake, or pistachio, and toppings. If you're gonna treat yourself -- treat yourself! I went with a chocolate cone and the birthday cake ice cream along with strawberries, Pocky, and Oreos to top it off. It's worth the wait!

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Open again for the season! Classic smorgasburg hits are back, like the ramen burger and the rainbow drop cake. This year, an ube rainbow drop cake is available for purchase. New staples are available this year like the dragon fruit juice from John's juice or the spaghetti donut! Walk around at least to make sure you consider every option. There are so many vendors, don't get too overwhelmed! I'm still obsessed with chickpea and olive!

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Smorgasburg in its original Williamsburg location is a great way to pass an afternoon. Between the food, flea, and beer garden, there are hours of entertainment at your disposal. The Prospect Park location of Smorgasburg is strictly food-centric (with a beer garden area), and I happened to stumble upon it after a nearby event. We had incredible sandwiches from Outer Borough and couldn't pass up the chance to try the legendary Raindrop cake (with lavender blueberry sauce and peanut powder), which was incredibly refreshing on such a hot/humid day.

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Smorgasburg. Defined as a buffet offering a variety of hot and cold meats, salads, hors d'oeuvres, etc. And that is what it is. Based in wiliamsburg and now dumbo, Smorgasburg is simply a gathering of many restaurants in one space offering a wide variety of cuisines. While I agree that having a bunch of restaurants in one place is awfully convenient, Smorgasburg is quite popular and I don't think making the trek to williamsburg or dumbo is worth the long lines. I would much rather just go to the actual establishment and have a nice meal. I will say that both locations offer beautiful views of the city so it's nice to have that while having your food. Bring your wallets as most items can be a bit pricey. Get there early if you can, look around, and settle on a spot to beat the line. Then plop down by the river and look at the gorgeous city that is New York.


Smorgasburg is a must! Whether you're a Manhattanite or Brooklynite, if you enjoy good great food and waterfront views, you'll enjoy Smorgasburg. I've been to the one in Williamsburg many times and always have a great time. Come on an empty stomach, you'll want to try everything!  


Be prepared for lines and lots of people. It seems every weekend it gets busier and more popular. Almost all of the vendors take card, so no need to worry about cash but always good to carry for tips! At Smorgasburg can find anything and every thing. From beet burgers and french fries to coconut drinks and ice cream. There's something for everyone to enjoy. 


Feel free to bring your furry four legged friends but don't forget a water bowl. There's not much shade so you and your pups will get a little hot in the summer sun. 

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Smorgasburg has become a staple for foodies in NYC - and rightfully so! With the endless options of different types of food, it's impossible to stumble upon the same thing twice. And it's impossible to go hungry there! One of the most famous foods is the ramen burger, which is delicious, but worth splitting with someone so you have room to try other foods. The view at Smorgasburg on Saturdays in Williamsburg is amazing (I have yet to go to the one on Sundays), so if you're not there for the food, go for the view!

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Now that the warm weather is back in NYC, I cannot wait to go back to Smorgasburg on a weekly basis.  You'll get past the seemingly difficult to pronounce name as soon as you try one of the many delicious dishes.  You could go every day it's open and still not try everything, but personal favorites include vietnamese tacos from Goa Taco, spring rolls from Lumpia Shack, and the lady who sells GIANT mangos on a stick with paprika. You'll become obsessed (and full) very quickly.


Smorgasburg is in my neighborhood, so I love to wander over here on a Saturday (early, because these crowds get unruly). My advice: take a trip to see all the vendors before you decide on any one thing! Don't get anything huge, instead get three small things. And definitely make one of those things a dessert! The ice cream sandwiches from Goodwich are a REVELATION. My new favorite vebdor this year is Heros & Villains sandwiches—get the Black Sabich. You can also grab a beer in the beer corral, or settle around the park and people watch with a beautiful view of the skyline.