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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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