Back for a new post on my New York adventures! This time around, it seems obligatory to dedicate a whole post to Smorgasburg, otherwise known as the ultimate foodie destination. For those of you who do not know, Smorgasburg is a giant food festival that takes place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn every weekend in the summer. Many famous outrageous food creations have come out or started at Smorgasburg and you have certainly seen pictures of some of their craziest frankenfoods on instagram. Foods such as the Ramen Burger, the Spaghetti Donut, the Raindrop Cake and Big Mozz mozzarella sticks were all introduced at Smorgasburg.
With nearly 100 different vendors at Smorgasburg, it might be just a tad hard to figure out what to get. I recommend spending some time walking around and to just soak it all in. It is amazing to see everyone come together and experience a common love for eating and food all in one small outdoor space. Once you gather your bearings, it helps to plan it all out. It also helps to know that you should be splitting everything, or you might explode from overeating! Here is everything I tried… although there was so much more.
Spaghetti Donut (Marinara sauce): This crazy concept is new this year and is getting a ton of attention. Everyone loves pasta and everyone loves donuts, so why not put these too popular carbs together? While it might seem gross, the donut is pretty much just donut shaped slightly dried out pasta that is lightly fried to hold the shape. Personally, I’m not a huge red sauce pasta fan, so I felt like it was underwhelming. Others love it, however, and this unique food combo is definitely worth a try.
Fluffy Pancakes (Blueberry cheesecake): Oh my god, these were heaven. The airy souffléd pancakes were hands down the best pancakes I have ever tasted. While the pancakes alone are a reason to get them, the different flavors which include blueberry cheesecake and creme brulée make the pancakes extra special and a perfect start to your Smorgasburg experience.
Ramen Burger: There was a ton of hype surrounding the Ramen Burger when it first came out a few years ago. While the combo might seem random, the salty flavor-filled ramen pairs amazingly with the taste of the burger, out doing any bun while looking fabulous for that insta-feed.
Chicken and Waffle (Buffalo Chicken Bites): Someone, a genius perhaps, decided that chicken and waffles can easily become chicken in a picturesque waffle cone. Easy to eat and oh-so delicious, the buffalo chicken bites inside the cone with a drizzle of creamy blue cheese dressing were the perfect portable festival food. Coming from a buffalo fanatic, these were very worthwhile!
Prickly Pear Cactus Juice: I have no idea what prickly pear cactus is but I do know that it makes for a vibrantly beautiful pink juice. While the taste isn’t too special, the color of the juice is something to brag about. Maybe not the best juice of all the many juices at the fair, but it’s refreshing and pretty!
Truffle Fries: Sometimes a classic hits the spot. The truffle fries from the gourmet fry station might be a tad basic, but they are simply delicious and make for the perfect side to any of the outrageous entree options at Smogasburg.
Shaved Ice (Matcha): Definitely my favorite food that I tried at the festival, this trendy dessert is the ultimate treat on a warm sunny summer day. Think of it as fancy adult snow cone, but with two layers of flavored coconut cream, rice cereal, and deep natural coloring. The matcha flavor was to die-for and tasted like a refreshingly upgraded Starbucks green-tea frappuccino.
Coxinhas (Cheese and Dulce di Leche): Smorgasburg is all about trying new foods from different places. I decided to try coxinhas which is a kind of fritter from Brazil. The cheese filled coxinhas was similar to a very melted mozzarella stick. They paired extremely well with the aioli sauce that goes with them. The Dulce di Leche was like a bite of caramel heaven. If the line for Big Mozz is too long, these make for a well worth it alternative.