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