The viral novelty foods, carefully curated bites, and long lines of outdoor Brooklyn food market Smorgasburg return on March 31 with new additions ranging from the uber-trendy Japanese shaved ice treat kakigori to whole grilled lobsters.
There will be 100 food vendors at both the OG Williamsburg and Prospect Park sites, with old favorites like Bolivian Llama Party, Ramen Burger, and the Good Batch returning. In the new category, Asian food reigns supreme: Korean fried chicken, Japanese shaved ice, Sichuan rice noodles, and seafood donburi bowls all join the lineup. There’s also Lebanese food from Brooklyn Heights restaurant Boutros, baked goods from an Eleven Madison Park alum, and that aforementioned whole grilled lobster, topped with garlic butter, lemon and parsley, and served over noodles. A full new vendor list is below.
Though it does still regularly launch new brands and give a widespread platform to food entrepreneurs, Smorgasburg is certifiably no longer the scrappy market from its early days. Tourists and locals stream in by the hundreds every weekend, and the market has expanded to Industry City in Sunset Park, Los Angeles, and even Osaka, Japan in pop-up form. It also had a brief, failed foray into Soho in 2017.
Williamsburg + Prospect Park
504 HN Market: Honduran baleadas, made with flour tortillas and topped with refried beans, Honduran cheese, cream, and avocado. Other varieties include eggs and chorizo.
Big Mozz x DO: Deep-fried cookie dough from Big Mozz and DO.
Bonsai Kakigori: Japanese shaved ice, flavored with strawberries & cream or matcha persimmon.
Btarts: Butter tarts, a Canadian specialty, made with butter, eggs, and Canadian maple syrup.
Dashi Fried Chicken: Karaage, or Japanese fried chicken
Frico Italia: Italian “pie” made with potatoes and three Italian cheeses
King St. Kitchen: Baked goods from a former pastry chef at Eleven Madison Park, including a peanut butter and chocolate fudge brownie, golden oat cookies, and gluten-free olive oil citrus bundt
Lobsterdamus: One of Smorgasburg LA’s most popular stands for its mesquite-grilled whole lobsters topped with garlic butter, lemon and parsley, and served over noodles. There’s also lobster truffle fries and lobster nachos.
PopdUp: Cold brew teas, sourced from Taiwan
Ya Ya Noodz: Cantonese rice noodles steamed and rolled with shrimp, pork, or butternut squash.
Boutros: This Cobble Hill restaurant will be serving pork shawarma tacos and bulger fried rice
Bread & Monkey: A high school freshman selling banana bread
Himalayan Horizon: A Himalayan street food known as shabaley, or fried circular pockets of dough filled with buffalo, beef, or potatoes and served with ginger-scallion and tomato-fenugreek sauces
Yoshimoto Fish Company: Donburi bowls, with sushi rice and fish imported from Japan. Toppings include fatty tuna, herring roe, uni, and red snapper. Bowls start at $30 each.