16 of the most delicious things you can eat at Smorgasburg, New York City’s massive open-air food market

Raindrop cake is a Japanese “solidified water” dessert with a gelatinous consistency.
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Smorgasburg, the open-air food hall phenomenon that takes place outside in Brooklyn every April to September (and indoors elsewhere throughout the rest of the year), has turned a small stretch of Williamsburg waterfront into a hot foodie scene.

It’s launched trends like the ramen burger, and has been called the “Woodstock of Eating” by The New York Times. It originally launched as a spin-off of the popular Brooklyn Flea in 2011.

Now in its fifth year of culinary exploration, Smorgasburg just opened for the season with over 100 food vendors, 25 of which are brand new. Vendors were selected from hundreds of applicants who vied for the coveted chance to sell their creations to the estimated 10,000 visitors who drop by the event each day.

The event has been so successful, in fact, that organizers recently announced that Smorgasburg will be coming to Upstate New York and Los Angeles later this spring.

From stalls selling gelatinous “raindrop cake” to quail eggs on a stick, these are the creative offerings turning heads this spring.

Four Sigmatic is serving up their signature “mushroom coffee” — that is, powdered coffee blends boosted with a helping of dried fungus. Mushrooms’ medicinal properties are all the hype behind these products.

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The “Raindrop Cake” is a minimalist dessert: just solidified water (and the addition of gelatin) with a side of brown sugar syrup and roasted soybean powder to add flavor and sweetness. The bizarre dish is guaranteed to generate long lines eager to give it a try, if only for the novelty.

Tramezzini are a type of simple, light Italian sandwich. Hailing from Venice, the fresh ingredients (think tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto) are folded into light-as-air pockets of fresh white bread.

Big Mozz knows what the people want, and that’s cheese. Three preparations of cheese, that is, in mozzarella balls, as mozzarella sticks, and on fresh Neapolitan-style pizzas.

Philly has its cheesesteak, but Chicago has its own signature sandwich, which you can now get at Smorgasburg via a vendor called 2nd City Beef. It’s a serious helping of slow-roasted beef topped with provolone and spicy Italian relish, all wrapped up in a locally sourced roll.

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Quail eggs may not be a traditional brunch go-to, but these skewers of crisped-up eggs in a black bean sauce are being dished out by BrunchStreet, a vendor whose head chef is a veteran of upscale dining outfits like Eleven Madison Park.

Red Table Catering is elevating the humble breakfast sandwich into an art form, combining things like cheddar-beer cheese and maple-seasoned sausage patties with a homemade English muffin.

The Choripan is serving up traditional Argentinian street food sandwiches: grilled sausage on soft bread with toppings of chimichurri, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

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A staple Chinese breakfast, savory Shangai-style crepes are coming your way from Jianbing. Combinations like soy-lemon chicken or honey tofu are topped by signature “crackers” and a specialty hot sauce.

Kimchi — Korean fermented cabbage — is having a trendy moment, with not one but two new Smorgasburg options: both Kyle’s Kimchi and Kimchi Kooks are selling jars of their traditional pickled vegetables, and Kimchi Kooks is also making kimchi pancakes on site.

Oni Sauce is making unusual snacks like these Asian-inspired seasoned gobo chips.

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Sweet tooth? Rubyzaar Baked has you covered on the cookie side, with creative concoctions — think earl grey-based cookies, crushed pretzel toppings, or marshmallows melted into the middle.

If you’re a banana pudding fan, then #baonanas is the stall for you: they’re serving up unexpected pudding flavors like matcha and s’mores, along with the more classic version.

Hong Kong-style egg waffles are on the cusp of major popularity, and Wowfulls is going to help propel them there. The cone-shaped waffles are served with ice cream and all kinds of sugary toppings, making them both undeniably tasty and very photogenic.

For more sweets, Malai is serving Indian ice cream in unusual flavors like sweet corn saffron and ginger root. Their unexpected spice mixes and light, extra-creamy consistency set them apart.

And finally, Diego’s Artisan Chocolate is making seriously local hand-crafted chocolate. They buy beans from small-scale farms, roast them themselves, and even color the labels by hand.