04/03/17 10:31am

For those of us who admit to being more than a little food-focused (or slightly gluttonous, whichever), this was a much-anticipated weekend, and we’re very lucky that Smorgasburg isn’t picky about the weather. The lauded food market returned to East River State Park and took up residence in Prospect Park this weekend, despite a somewhat chilly and grey start on Saturday. This year, the market opens with a decent shaking up to its usual program–from mom-and-pop shops cooking up traditional Haitian food to Chinese dumplings with eclectic fillings inspired by the diversity of Queens. Below we’ve highlighted a couple of vendors to look out for, so ready your utensils! (And yes, there’s a spaghetti donut. We tried it. It’s fine.)

Photo: Regina Mogilevskaya

Photo: Regina Mogilevskaya

John’s Juices

Ok, so you’re totally over walking around Smorgasburg sipping coconut water from a coconut–but how about slurping fresh juice straight from a dragon fruit? Or a pineapple? John DeWindt and his partner August Major take fresh fruit juice to a whole new level using a nifty machine they spotted and picked up in Japan. It grinds the juice inside the fruit, so all you have to do is mix in a little agave, ginger, or seltzer, stick in a straw, and you’re done! It’s a pretty flawless summer treat. (more…)

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03/31/16 8:22pm
Get your Wowfull on. Photos: Spencer Starnes

Get your Wowfull on. All photos: Spencer Starnes

Smorgasburg moves from its winter home at Industry City to the Williamsburg waterfront and Prospect Park this weekend. We got a preview of what’s on tap for the season at Berg’n on Wednesday night, and here are a few of our favorite bites. Here’s the full list of new vendors for the season and where you can find them. (more…)

01/13/14 8:47am

Considering it’s home to 17% of the world’s population and more ethnic groups than practically anywhere on earth, the diversity of India’s food scene gets short shrift in New York. We’ve got hundreds of restaurants serving chicken tikka masala (an only kind-of Indian dish that was actually invented in the U.K.,) but few that branch out into the many lesser-known genres of sub-continental cuisine. Dosa Royale, which just opened its doors in Carroll Gardens, is one of only a handful of Brooklyn restaurants specializing in the spicy flavors of South India, good news for fans who previously had to travel to New Jersey, Queens, or one of a scattering of local South Indian hole-in-the-walls like Ghandi in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

Dosa Royale, an offshoot of a successful Smorgasborg stand, is run by the same husband-and-wife team behind Fort Greene’s excellent Italian restaurant Dino, and unlike most no-frills Indian spots, it features a very New Brooklyn-y design scheme complete with exposed brick, blond woods and an open kitchen. However, it’s the strictly South Indian menu that makes Dosa Royale notable. The namesake dosas–giant, super-thin pancakes made from a batter of rice and black lentils–are filled with a variety of spicy-savory veggie options such as red onion with curry leaves, roasted cumin, fresh coriander and curried potatoes. At brunch, they come stuffed with South Indian-style scrambled eggs (with chilis, tomatoes and onions). There is also uttapam–a thicker, flatter variety of pancake with green chilis, onions and tomatoes cooked right into the batter. All are served with a delicious assortment of chutneys and spicy sambar dipping sauces, and can be amped up by adding mysore, a spice blend with a lot of heat, or gunpowder–a thick, slightly-sweet lentil-and-sesame based concoction.

Dosa Royale's egg-filled brunch dosa

Dosa Royale’s egg-filled brunch dosa is somewhere between a crepe and a South Indian breakfast burrito. Photo: Brendan Spiegel

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10/25/13 12:00pm
Sat November 2, 2013

pieWhatever cupcakes, cookies and cake-pops (three gun salute to a horrible trend that finally died), we all know who the real dessert king is in town–pie. And in Kings County, the ruler of pies is Four and Twenty Blackbirds, the little slice of heaven in Gowanus that serves a few hundred slices of delicious pie daily. And finally (finally!) you can grab a fork and make your own claim to the pastry throne because Emily and Melissa Elsen have written the official Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book, and they’ll be at Smorgasburg on Saturday, Nov. 2, for you to snap up a copy and a slice.

08/01/13 2:07pm
The Ramen Burger in all its glory. Photo: Eataku

The Ramen Burger in all its glory. Photo: Eataku

Keizo Shimamoto just opened Bossanova Ramen on Mott St., and this weekend he will be serving up just 100 ramen burgers at Smorgasburg. You can see the whole genius, ramen bun-making process on Eataku. Set your alarms and forgot about any plans you might have for the afternoon–you’ll be digesting this one for hours.

07/30/13 4:00pm
Sun August 4, 2013
Dock hop down the Brooklyn Waterfront to tastings at some of Dumbo and Red Hook's favorite eateries during Urban Oyster's weekly Neighborhood Eats Tours. Photo: Urban Oyster

Dock hop down the Brooklyn Waterfront to tastings at some of Dumbo’s and Red Hook’s best eateries during Urban Oyster’s weekly Neighborhood Eats ferry tours. Photo: Urban Oyster

Four times a week, Urban Oyster offers food tours of New York’s waterfront that dock and delivery you to some of the best eateries along the East River in Brooklyn. The  ferry tours are technically 3.5 hours long and start at the South Street Seaport at 11am every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday before raising anchor and heading over to Red Hook and Dumbo where you can dig in at tastings from Steve’s Key Lime Pie, Brooklyn Roasting Company, Julianna’s, Smorgasburg and Cacao Prieto–tastings at Manhattan spots Fresh Salt and Bowne & Co. Stationers are also on the list. Since sneaking away from the office for a four-hour lunch break is unlikely to go over well with your boss, we recommend skipping brunch on Sunday to dock hop down Brooklyn’s waterfront instead. You won’t go hungry, we promise. Tickets are $85, and unlike Gilligan, you’re guaranteed to return to Water Street by 3 o’clock.