In the winter months, Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg can count as a food court, as it’s held indoors. Come spring, the 100 or so food vendors that make up this lollapalooza of munching take their stands outdoors to both Brooklyn Bridge Park, near Pier 5 (on Saturdays) and East River State Park, which has its opening where Kent Street and North 7th Street (on Sundays; both locations are in Brooklyn). As for what you’ll eat here, the question might better be put “what won’t you eat?” The variety of foods is staggering and the quality incredibly high. On a recent visit, my group noshed on curried hot dogs with a slaw of kimchee apples; oysters with three delightful mignonette sauces; fried eggplant with yogurt sauce; root beer–flavored macaroons; fab barbecue; and El Salvadorean pupusas (like a tortilla, with a variety of stuffings). If you're looking for something to take home with you, I highly recommend the artisinal horseradish, an excellent condiment (and a great gift).
- Pauline Frommer