Jonah Hale Part of NYC


A few weeks ago, my friends and I took a rather impromptu trip to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to find this Instagram famous “Smorgasburg”. Being so close to Manhattan, it's so easy to pick a day and go explore all of the delicious destinations that New York has to offer. Now you may be wondering, what is a Smorgasburg? According to Dictionary.com, Smorgasburg is not technically a word. However in this article, I will tell you not only what a Smorgasburg is, but where it is, and what to eat once you've gotten there!

Smorgasburg vs. Smorgasbord

Smorgasbord can be described as a buffet offering a variety of hot and cold meats, salads, hors d'oeuvres, etc. A more general definition is simply a wide range of something; a variety. That answers the question of what a smorgasbord is, but what about this Smorgasburg? Smorgasburg is a Smorgasbord that takes place in Williamsburg.  Put those things together and you get Smorgasburg! In fact, Smorgasburg is said to be the “largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors”. Basically, it's a giant fair with every kind of food you could ever think, from tacos and donuts to octopus and coffee. 

Where is Smorgasburg?

Smorgasburg is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn located at 90 Kent Ave. It is open every Saturday in April through October from 11:00am-6:00pm. They have another location open every Sunday in April through October from 11:00am-6:00pm. That fair is located at Prospect Park – Breeze Hill (East Drive at Lincoln Rd.) For those of you who are feeling like eating every kind of food known to mankind, there is one more location in Smorg Square. That is located at 76 Varick St. (at Canal St.) with Brooklyn Flea across the street and is open Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00am-10:00pm. Along with Sundays from 11:00am-8:00pm. All of these locations are easily and quickly accessible for a Wagner student!

What to eat?

Out of the hundreds of stands and different kinds of foods there, I was able to try only four or five things before I was absolutely stuffed. But those few things I did eat were incredible! The first thing I ate when I got there was the spaghetti donut, which is spaghetti baked into a donut shape for convenient eating. Later, I had a curried beef taco and banana coffee. The names are pretty self explanatory so if you like how it sounds, you’d probably like how it tastes! Finally I finished my food adventure with a frozen cheesecake pop. It's a popsicle that is made with alternating layers of graham cracker crust and frozen cheesecake and was topped with a toasted marshmallow! I only got to try a few things that day, but I know I’ll go back for seconds!