When popular food market Smorgasburg returns to outdoor venues this weekend, it will reach a new level of insane novelty food with the debut of a spaghetti doughnut. Gothamist took a look at new vendors and said that the doughnuts from vendor Pop Pasta are “gimmicky to be sure, but also taste good and are fun to eat.”
According to Pop Pasta’s website, the doughnut is a baked, handheld take on spaghetti pie — for which pasta is combined with eggs and cheese and then fried and served in slices. Options include Red Sauce Pop (spaghetti, parmesan, eggs, tomato puree, olive oil, salt), Bolognese Pop (spaghetti, parmesan, eggs, ground beef, tomato puree, olive oil, onions, garlic, salt), and Carbonara Pop (spaghetti, parmesan, eggs, bacon, black pepper, salt).
They look exactly what you might think a doughnut made of spaghetti would look like:
It’s hard to not see this as just another stunt food in the race to create the next viral dish that compels people to stand in hours-long lines. Smorgasburg in particular — the birthplace of the ramen burger and the raindrop cake — has become a fertile breeding ground for items built-for-the-’gram as opposed to food that actually tastes good.
But the food market and its continuing popularity means it is still a huge platform for less gimmicky food entrepreneurs, too — many who go on to open hugely successful brick-and-mortar restaurants.
Some other new vendors Gothamist highlighted include The Burger Supreme (simple, “griddle-steamed” hamburgers), Ube Kitchen (Filipino food, including an ube ice cream-based dessert), and John’s Juice (drinks made from smashed fruits). Metro New York also enjoyed Destination Dumplings (dumplings with fillings like Peking duck or jerk chicken) and Roll Play Viet Noms (Vietnamese spring rolls filled with rice vermicelli noodles).
Smorgasburg returns to Williamsburg at 90 Kent Ave. on Saturday and to Prospect Park’s Breeze Hill on Sunday.