Food markets are something I like to add to my itinirary everywhere I travel – it’s a pretty good reflection of the local culture & there’s almost always a very lively vibe going on. That’s how Smorgasburg (in Williamsburg) ended up on the list this time, since it was widely recommended and I looked forward to discovering the Williamsburg neighborhood as well. It was a very (cold) sunny day so we asked the cab driver to drop us off at the Williamsburg bridge so we could do the walk (it takes about 35-40 minutes from the starting point of the bridge to the market) and work up our appetite. Williamsburg is definitely one of the cool, hip(ster) areas – read: plenty of vintage book stores, clothing, street art and coffee places to be found. Smorgasburg oozes a fun vibe and has the undeniable advantage of a very cool view – but the food stalls are usually pretty basic when it comes to “decoration” (the eye wants something too – or at least mine does), and healthy options are still rather scarce here (one foodstall excluded which offered all kinds of superfoods).
There was a huge line for the ramen burger (I must admit I don’t understand why, it doesn’t look very appetizing to me), but we went for a variety of spring rolls & walnut paté toasts (aka food that can easily be shared). Even though they can’t really compare to the looks or taste of our Belgian food truck festivals, it’s still definitely worth having your lunch here on a sunny day.