My son has been a New Yorker for less than a year yet he seems to know more about the city than he does about the tiny rural town he grew up in. That’s not surprising as there is more to know.
One of his finds is Smorgasburg in a park on Brooklyn’s East River waterfront. I’ve not come across anything like it in New England. The choices were overwhelming.
My wife got a Mexican sandwich at Cemita’s stand. Last fall, she ordered the same and said she could eat it every day. It was a mild spicy beef with lettuce, tomato and onion. There was white cheese and a sauce that she loved but, could only say she did not think it mayo, maybe a variation.
Our son ordered fish and chips from Handsome Frank’s Fish Hut. He liked it because it was not covered in beer batter. Rather, the flavored breadcrumbs did not seal in all the oil from the fryer. As good as it was, a couple of bones, did not enhance the experience.
I enjoyed my scallion pancake last fall at the Outer Borough stand. Even so, there is much else to try. I had heard about Porchetta and was anxious to taste one. The pork was wonderfully flavored and the roll it was served on did it proud. Like our son, the boy engineer, there was an extraneous element. It was not bone, but hard cartilaginous bits. Not enough to stop me from getting another one sometime, but just a small level of annoyance.
The Gothamist website had a posting with the headline, “Why Best Buds Burritos Needs To Be Your First Stop At Smorgasburg 2015” Well I tried the recommended Carne Asada Burrito. The fries instead of beans and rice was a nice departure. Regulars at Smorgasburg probably don’t need to be warned, but fusion is ever present. The rest of the ingredients were the usual, carne asada, guac, sour cream and cheese. The sauce served in a little cup had a nice flavor.
My fellow Bay Staters, as you are getting your Red Sox tattoos, and Yankees Suck bumper stickers, get a life. La Pomme Grande has it all over us in a foodie heaven.
From the Smorgasburg’s about page, all you have to know.
The 2015 season of Smorgasburg will reopen the first weekend in April: Saturdays at East River State Park—Kent Ave. and N. 7 St.—on the Williamsburg waterfront; and Sundays at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5. Both locations are open from 11am to 6pm, and feature packaged and prepared foods, beverages, and more from purveyors from New York City and across the region, for a total of 75-100 vendors. The markets are always open rain or shine.
Smorgasburg is the first part of the word smorgasbord and The last syllable of Williamsburg, a section of Brooklyn. So fusion is not limited to food.