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 who make up this lollapalooza of munching, take their stands outdoors to both Brooklyn Bridge Park, near Pier 5 and East River State Park, which has its opening where Kent Street and North 7th street meet (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, all from New York City vendors, is pretty 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 3 delightful mignonette sauces; fried eggplant with yogurt sauce; root beer flavored macarons; fab barbecue; and El Salvadorean pupusas (like a tortilla with a variety of stuffings).
- Pauline Frommer