As this was our third and fourth times visiting New York we wanted to find a few new places that were off the beaten track. After extensive research and stalking on Instagram we found a food market and knew that we had to go! Smorgasborg is a food market in Brooklyn that has two locations, Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays. We visited the Prospect Park site. AND. IT. WAS. GREAT!
Food lovers rejoice, we have found you a haven. We went to the Prospect Park location which is only a 5 minute walk from the Prospect Park subway station on the Q line, meaning it was very easy to get there directly from midtown Manhattan. Vendors and food from all over the world gather every Sunday, rain or shine, at Breeze Hill, near Prospect Park’s Lincoln Road entrance. It is a beautiful leafy oval opening which is the perfect setting to gather with friends and family for some seriously good grub.
New York was experiencing a heatwave during our visit which meant that even at 11am it was a dry 30 degrees. As you can imagine every single shaded area was fought for and umbrella covered tables were in short supply. Before we settled, we walked around all the stalls at least twice to decided what we wanted to eat as there were so many delicious smelling options. Not only were there fresh chips, bao buns and hotdogs but there was an abundance of chinese dishes, jamacian food , mexican delicacies and a whole lot of cakes and cookies. Due to the heat, every stall was also offering either ice cold lemonade or ice-pops!
Grace opted for the fresh chips from Home Frite which were probably some of the best chips we have eaten- and that’s not even an exaggeration! The chips came with such a delicious avocado dipping sauce which was a perfect alternative to the normal tomato ketchup or mayonnaise. 10/10 would suff our faces with these again.
Alice had a Bao bun with hoisin duck which was fluffy and light. Although we have had better Bao buns in London (from Brick Lane market) she feels the pork option probably would have been better. However, the fresh lemonade was THE ONE. Especially in the heat there is nothing better than a cold, fresh lemonade.
After you have eaten as much as your body can take you can stroll around the rest of Prospect Park, which quickly became on of our newest favourite spots as it was extremely tranquil, clean and had a positive vibe to it. Families were playing, a couple of people were working out and it was just a lot calmer than say, Central Park!
We will be definitely visiting Smorgasburg again next time we visit NYC and Brooklyn and we can’t wait to see how it has changes- Maybe we will visit their Saturday site in Williamsburg too. Hopefully there will be even more stands and even more amazing food for us to enjoy.
Do you know any other places like Smorgasburg? Let us know below!