A few weekends ago, I had a chance to attend a few food events that are going to be happening relatively frequently in Brooklyn over the course of the summer. The first is Smorgasburg, the new weekly Saturday food market in Williamsburg from the creators of the Brooklyn Flea. While I love the Brooklyn Flea, I really am not a big shopper. I usually end up going to there to eat pupusas or get cupcakes from one of my favorites bakers, Kumquat Cupcakery. I feel like they made Smorgasburg for people like me. All food, all the time.
Smorgasburg is right on the Williamsburg waterfront at North 6th Street. I like the view.
Available for sale is a mix of prepared foods from new vendors and some already affiliated with the Brooklyn Flea.
Fresh oysters from Brooklyn Oyster Club
Cold sesame noodles from Shorty Tang & Sons
They were out of noodles by the time I got there, and it was only 1pm! The market starts at 11. I’ll cut them some slack since it was the opening day.
Nanas – Frozen Bananas in chocolate with various toppings
I totally want to try these!!
Coconut on bananas. Yes! Sea salt? Hmmm…
Don’t worry. I didn’t eat all of this food. I mostly just took pictures, but I did finally get a chance to eat Momofoku Milk Bar‘s (in)famous Crack Pie. Yes, that is in fact the name.
It’s deceptively uncomplicated ingredients (heavy cream, brown sugar, flour, butter, and some corn flour), and subtly sweetness taste like sweet cream custard in pie form. I’ll be back for this (even if it is $6 per slice).
The market isn’t all prepared food though. There were condiments, drinks, cheese and even cooking supplies for sale.
The very nice people at City ‘Lasses let me sample some of their drinks made from a traditional recipe called switzel that is sweetened with molasses. There are options with or without black tea. I got a sample with black tea and was still able to sleep later.
I want to eventually buy and cook the pastas from Flour City Pasta. They use traditional methods and organic ingredients to produce their dried pasta.
Italian Flag Malfadine. Apparently you can make a nice pasta salad with this.
Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to get to Smorgasburg once so far this summer. Even though it’s a pain to get from my part of Brooklyn to Williamsburg by public transportation (which is absolutely annoying, since it’s not that far away), I’d like to try as many of the vendors here as possible.
Are there any fun new food markets where you are?