For the first time ever, Smorgasburg will continue on through the winter this year, right alongside the Brooklyn Flea at its massive new cold-weather home in Williamsburg. Up until now, a few select Smorg vendors sold food in the basement of the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank in Fort Greene, where the Flea used to set up shop for the season. But now that the whole thing is moving to a 50,000 square foot space at 80 N 5th Street, there will be room for 75 food vendors (and 100-plus others besides).
The new winter Smorgasburg involves at least one major guest appearance: for the next four weekends, famed meat man Pat LaFrieda will host a meat pop-up shop. At what is in fact their first venture into retail, the LaFrieda team will offer various holiday cuts like rib roasts and NY strips, plus that coveted burger blend. The rest of the vendor lineup includes all the usual Smorg suspects, many of whom are switching up their menus:
Some of the changes have to do with fire code regulations. Since they can't fry indoors, various vendors are getting a total makeover. That means the Lumpia Shack is turning into the Adobo Shack, while Bon Chovie is launching Sugar Daddy's Cinnamon Buns. Others are just getting more wintry: Red Hook Lobster Pound, for example, is adding lobster BLTs and blueberry pancakes, while Chickpea and Olive will have "beetball parmesan." And line-fiends, never fear, there will still be Ramen Burgers.
The mega indoor Winter Flea/Smorgasburg combo opens this weekend. It will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through December 22, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until it moves outside again in April.
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