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“Great views and food ”

Williamsburg Smorgasburg
Ranked #15 of 240 things to do in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Smorgasburg is a weekly festival of over 100 food vendors, as well as a full outdoor bar. Located in a state park on the prime Williamsburg waterfront, and with killer skyline views, this weekly food festival appeals to kids and adults alike.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase
Reviewed 21 October 2013 via mobile

Went with one of my BFF and kids who play lacrosse at nearby field. Perfect autumn day and lots of variety in the different food stalls to choose from. Nothing disappointed this group of all ages!!

We sampled the baos (braised pork and crispy pork - don't forget to add the condiments!), fried shrimp, lumpia sampler, fried anchovies and buttermilk fried chicken with waffles . For dessert - people pops and small pies.

Everything is made to order so completely fresh ! Group favs were baos and anchovies but you really can't go wrong with any choice !! Lots of picnic tables by the waters edge. .

Thank GGinNYC
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

Food stalls offering a wide variety of different types of food. Two different locations - Saturday vs. Sunday. Sunday is just across from Manhattan, one stop out on the subway. Convenient to various subway lines, Jay Street Metrotech/Borough Hall - then about a 10-15 minute straight walk down Joraleman Street to the waterfront (directions on the website). Definitely check mta website for subway line service changes which are common on the weekends.

Lots of different food stands from small and well known businesses - some have real restaurants, some are just vendors at food fairs/festivals like this. Variety of foods you may or may not be able to find elsewhere - particularly interesting some ethnic foods you might not find many places - El Salvadorian pupusas?! Vietnamese crepes, bacon on a stick, doughnuts (fancy), macarons, lobster rolls, bbq, vegan ice cream...plenty of variety. It's not "cheap" necessarily but it's fun and lets you try lots of different foods in one spot. Plus nice views of Manhattan across the river. Good amount of seating. Gets busy, so I'd go early (opens at 11am). Cash only (standalone ATM on site).

1  Thank chatterbox-2007
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

I'm sorry, but I don't understand why this place gets so packed.
Yes, the location is great, with an awesome view of Manhattan with a nice stretch of lawn to sit and eat. You also get a chance to try many different little snacks or meals in one place, including sweets.
but that's about it.
I went with 5 friends, and between us we tried about 20 dishes. Most of them were below average, some were OK, and one or two were good. Hardly worth the trip.
A few examples:
we waited 10 minutes in line for an ice cream sandwich. the ice cream was nothing special, but the cookies were terrible. first of all, they were boring chocolate cookies, but worse than that, they were frozen! they probably kept the whole sandwich in the freezer, and we all thought that was a bad idea.
Next, a Vietnamese spring (or summer?) roll. They looked amazing, the rice paper very thin and almost transparent, the vegetables fresh. But we tried both the asparagus and the shrimp, and both were completely tasteless. We drenched them in sauce just to give them some life. For comparison, 2 months earlier I had a similar roll in Singapore. It was less than 1$ for 2 small rolls, and they were heaven. very disappointing.
And there was more. A very boring schnitzel with bland tomato paste on rye bread, a brisket sandwich that, although the meat was good, came with a supermarket bun.
If this is the best 'street food' that brooklyn has to offer, I'm not impressed.

1  Thank gil_fruchter
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Reviewed 8 October 2013 via mobile

Great food and really nice people makes this food market definently worth a visit. We brought our 6-month old baby and that was no problem. Try the "steamed bun with braised pork belly"!! OMG!!

Thank Johan A
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

The food is great and unusual, and I understand it's food stands, but it sure would be nice to have a few more picnic tables and benches to sit at to enjoy the delicious delicacies. You can always sit on the grass, but the ambience isn't the greatest.

1  Thank pj1290
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