Smorgasburg may be home to 2013’s iconic Ramenburger, but the pop up food park offers much more to diners than the smash fusion hit. Dozens of vendors sell their foods at the markets two locations every weekend, including bites and bits hailing from cultures that span the seven continents.
The bite size spring rolls which stem from the Chinese influence over the Philippines are crispy and fried to golden perfection, filled with savory delights that include pork, duck and a vegetarian adobo mushroom. Creamy and wacky Filipino dessert halo-halo and traditional sizzling sisig are also available for those who want to try some of the Philippine’s best culinary hits.
Chinese sensibilities at Smorgasburg are not limited to the spring rolls at the Lumpia Shack. Noodle Lane dishes out fiery dan dan noodles and delicate cheong fun at the weekend market as well. Cheong fun, a popular Chinese breakfast dish, showcases the cuisines technique of layering flavors that include savory sautéed scallions, rich peanut and cool sprouts and cucumbers dispersed between delicate sheets of flat noodles. On the other end of the flavor spectrum, the stands chili laden dan dan noodles will waken up the palate and thanks to a liberal use of Sichuan peppercorn, numb the tongue.
Remaining on the Asian continent, aptly named Mimi & Coco Teriyaki Balls, serves just that. Hailing from the streets of Japan, the savory stuffed dough balls, traditionally known as takoyaki, are created on a special cast iron grill and filled on the spot, stuffed with a mixture of either spicy sausage, juicy shrimp, boiled octopus or organic potato.
Taking the world tour on over to Europe, visitors to Smorgasburg can sample some of France’s finest culinary treats. Pain d’Avignon sells quality artisanal breads inspired by those sold in the rich and hearty bakeshops in the French and European Old World.
Decadent tartines and airy macarons are also to be had for those wanting to round out their French food fix.
An icon of portable street eats, South America is also well represented on the Smorgasburg vendor list. At the Bolivian Llama party, market goers can sample an authentic Bolivian salteña, similar to the more well known empanada, but far richer in flavor and with a savory stew like potato and meat based stuffing.
Country Boys, one of the famed Red Hook Park vendors can be found here as well, and dishing out beloved Mexican street foods ranging from the more familiar tacos and quesadillas to a filling massive masa tortilla stuffed with beans and topped with meat and veggies, known in Mexico as huaraches.
At Smorgasburg a visit to just a few of the 60+ vendors on premises any given weekend, can transport eaters to Asia, Europe, South America and beyond. The food park has become a staple of the New York City weekend scene as well as a culinary journey around the world. If you do make it there, and you should, just be sure to go with a few friends. There is a lot of eating to be done at Smorgasburg and the more you can sample, the better.