view at the Smorg, Manhattan Bridge
a few weeks ago, i crossed off two items on my (super short) bucket list of things to do in NYC, stuffing my face at Smorgasburg and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. the Smorgasburg (or the Smorg for short) is an open-air food market in Brooklyn on weekends. they’re in Williamsburg on Saturdays and DUMBO on Sundays, featuring over 75 vendors of great food, drinks, and other food-related products. it’s a foodies’ dream come true and a dieter’s worst nightmare. lol.
Christian and I are both unfamiliar with Brooklyn, but we let the crowd and the delicious aroma of food guide us to the Old Tobacco Factory where the Smorg was located. some of the vendors had already sold out of everything, packed up and left. still, we were inundated with the choices. oh my!
fried chicken, cheddar waffle – buttermilk channel
-we were immediately drawn to the Buttermilk Channel’s fried chicken and cheddar waffles. a quick drizzle of the balsamic/maple syrup and hot sauce, we were on our way to enjoy one of the best fried chicken i’ve ever eaten (the no. 1 spot belongs to the Chicken and the Egg, in Marietta Ga.) on the lush lawn outside the factory. the lawn overlooks the manhattan and brooklyn bridge and best of all, it’s FREE. our fried chicken was crispy and moist. the waffle was sweet and savory, and don’t forget about the pickles. i’m usually not a fan of pickles, too briney and sour, but these pickles were sweet, tart, and tasted fresh! i wanna put these on all my sandwiches. lol.
menu -bolivian llama party
mango maracuya soda: mango and passion fruit – bolivian llama party
-fun name (nothing beats a Bolivian Llama Party), colorful booth, and cool peeps that serves up unique and delicious homemade sodas. my mango maracuya soda was fruity and unique, a welcoming sight from the typical, run-of-the-mill canned sodas.
menu – takumi taco
short rib taco with chips – takumi taco
short rib taco – takumi taco
-Christian and I unanimously agreed on the shortrib taco, amongst the choices of veggie, spicy tuna, and shrimp. haha. that boy gets me. :-) the tacos are Asian-inspired, with sesame, yuzu, and soju as some of the seasonings. the taco was also served with some nachos, crispy and light, didn’t seem to taste like corn or flour tortillas. the shortrib was slow-braised but didn’t seemed to have much flavor, the saving grace was the creamy slaw, yum!
BBQ sandwich – Lonestar Empire
-Christian managed to snatch up the last sandwich before they sold out, score! the pork was smokey and tender, Christian’s fave from the day.
strawberry basil lemonade
-Christian also managed to snatch up the last strawberry basil lemonade as well (it pairs well with the BBQ sammich). hehe. great foodie luck! i love the refreshing taste of fresh strawberries and basil, they’re a match made in heaven. <3
sinigang lumpia – lumpia shack
-lumpias are Filipino fried egg rolls with meat and veggie fillings. these sinigang lumpia were made with gulf shrimp, garlic, scallion, tamarind, aioli, picked green peppers and tomatoes. we loved the pickles more than the lumpias (crispy but a bit salty), they’re just too good.
lamb burger – landhaus
maple bacon- landhaus
maple bacon- landhaus
-Christian loves burgers and love trying new flavors and spin on burgers. this lamb burger was served on a crispy bread, the patty was juicy but too gamey for my taste. i never liked that gaminess that comes with lamb. the bacon though, i was at a loss for words. they smoked them in-house, grilled on the flat-top, finally, heated up on a griddle, served with maple syrup and secret spices. the pork was tender, the fatty layer was melt-y, luscious and sinful. the syrup and spices paired well with the bacon and cuts the fattiness of the bacon.
menu – blue marble ice cream
burnt sugar ice cream – blue marble ice cream
-this tasted delicious! first , it had a enticing, burnt sugar, caramel flavor, bits of burnt sugar swirled-in, and then the creaminess sets in, not too sweet and just perfect to end our tour of the Smorg.
we had a great time trying different cuisines and stuffing out face, if you have visitors from out-of-town or looking for fun foodie date ideas, this is the best place to go!
30 Water St
Brooklyn, NY 11201