Do NYC residents really need another weekly food festival? Between the Hester Street Market on the Lower East Side; Mad Sq. Eats (just opened in the shadow of the Flatiron for a month-long run until October 19); Urbanspace Meatpacking under the High Line; and, of course, the various enterprises from the folks that started it all at Brooklyn Flea, who already feed the happy masses in Fort Greene on Saturday, Williamsburg on Saturdays (the original Smorgasburg) and Sundays (the Flea), aren’t there already plenty of outdoor street-food places to take us through the Fall? Well, no. Not when the selection of vendors is as awesome, and the setting is as pretty, as the new Smorgasburg Dumbo, located in the historic brick-skeleton of the old Tobacco Warehouse in Dumbo’s Brooklyn Bridge Park, and open every Sunday from now through November 18.
Opening Day of Smorgasburg in DUMBO / Brooklyn Bridge Park
I went to opening day at Smorgasburg Dumbo, and though I’ve been going to these sorts of things seemingly every weekend all summer long, I totally loved the few hours I spent roaming around and stuffing my belly, re-enthusiastic about the whole open-air-market concept by the first-rate food, friendly faces, and spectacular setting on offer here to Brooklyn rental apartment residents.
Really, on a nice fall Sunday (of which there are bound to be more than a couple more before mid-November) Smorgasburg Dumbo makes for a terrific date idea, or family outing, or just a place to goof around with some buddies, both for the actual event itself but also for everything else going on in Dumbo these days, from rides on Jane’s Carousel to simply strolling Brooklyn Bridge Park (there are several fun new sculptures up) and wandering the cobblestoned streets.
Large Variety of Foods Available at Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg
Anyway, as is true all of the Brooklyn Flea-organized events, the vendors here at Smorgasburg Dumbo rotate in and out, but there’s always a core of food-market all-stars, and with around 60 to choose from each week, there’s no way you’re not going to find a booth or four slinging some sort of mouth-watering treat that nails your personal sweet spot.
For me, on my afternoon here, there were dozens of overly-tempting choices, including the creative coconut concoctions at Danny Macaroon; the pimento grilled cheese at Fat Beagle; a half dozen briny, beautiful mollusks at Brooklyn Oyster Party; Mighty Quinn’s mighty meat; the strange-sounding (e.g., strawberry jalepeño) but totally delicious non-dairy ice-creamy creations at Alchemy Creamery; the pork belly salteñas (like empanadas) at Casa de Camba; and, of course, a slice of the S’mores at long-time favorite First Prize Pies.
Smorgasburg Dumbo is located in the old Tabacco Factory Brooklyn Bridge Park, just off Water Street, and will be open every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. until November 18. More info, including a vendor list and layout for whatever weekend is about to happen, on their website.