Smorgasburg is the Queen B of all New York City food markets.
Until November you can visit Smorgasburg on Saturdays at East River State Park on the Williamsburg waterfront. On Sundays the market moves to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5. Both locations will be littered with people by 11am but do not let that lead you astray. Lines move quickly, everyone is friendly and the food is definitely worth the wait.
I mean, where else do you get the opportunity to taste exquisite food from over 75 different food vendors? Some stalls, like People’s Pop, Dough, Red Hook, Home Frite and Ramen Burger, you may have heard of before. Some others, like Thirstea Cafe, Three Jerks Jerky, Bambo Bites and Butter & Cream, will have you lining up to long queues before you even realize what you’re doing.
During my last visit to Smorgasburg I fell madly in love with a stall. I spotted a lady holding a bowl of something I knew I had to try. Excusing myself I asked, “I’m sorry but are those plantains in there?”
“Yes! yes! yes! You have to get it” she said, pointing toward the MofonGo stall.
Side note: It is 100% acceptable to stalk a fellow Smorgasburg enthusiast’s plate from a distance. If you do not see any signage on the packaging, you may politely ask about the origins of the plate.
MofonGo serves a Puerto Rican dish which also goes by the name of mofongo. The base of the dish is made of fried plantain, which are passionately mashed straight out of the fryer, then stuffed with either a veggie or chicken mix and topped with pork crackling. All the flavours work together to create sensation of pure bliss.
Excuse me as I wipe the drool off my desk. I’m suddenly feeling hungry.
The incredible thing about Smorgasburg is that no matter how many people you rock up with, everyone is guaranteed to find a plate that tickles their tummy. The best way to manage a Smorgasburg outing is this: walk around and explore the market as a group, split off and actually purchase food as an individual, meet back at an open table to share and discuss your findings.
Obviously, the person in the group who finds the tastiest dish is gifted a free meal during the next visit. Sorry guys, I don’t make the rules up.
Saturdays, 11-6pm at East River State Park
Sundays, 11-6pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5
Saturdays and Sundays at Smorgasburg