Join a vibrant crowd of locals and day-trippers making the most of a Saturday on the Williamsburg waterfront, enjoying good eats, the breeze from the East River, and inspiring views of the Manhattan skyline. This weekly street food festival for foodies has become so popular that you may find it a bit hard to navigate through the crowds. But if you’ve never experienced the Smorgasburg phenomenon, it’s worth waiting in some lines to sample the wide range of delicacies from over 150 local food crafters. You’ll find such mouth-watering treats as Porchetta sandwiches, Japanese tacos, chickpea burgers, and fresh-made doughnuts. In addition to refreshing beverages from Brooklyn Soda Works and Stand Coffee, you also now have the option of a cold brew from the beer stand (if you can wait out the line!).
As at most food fairs, folks seem to eat while strolling around. If you’d prefer to sit, some seating is available at a cluster of picnic tables, which fill up quickly. Better yet, grab a patch of lawn at the neighboring East River State Park to finish your basket of chow picnic style.
If you are traveling from Manhattan, consider taking the East River Ferry to North Williamsburg. This pleasant boat ride brings you the waterfront just steps from the Smorgasburg entrance on North 7th Street. Your other option is to take the L subway to Bedford Avenue and walk about 10 minutes.
90 Kent Ave., East River State Park, where the waterfront meets North 7th Street, Brooklyn; East River Ferry to North Williamsburg or L subway to Bedford Ave.; from April–Nov, every Saturday 11 am–6 pm; Website: http://brooklynflea.com/markets/smorgasburg/.)
Photo credits: Top photo by Chrissy Hunt, bottom photo by Wally Gobetz, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons, use with license.