A Guide to Smorgasburg
I <3 Smorgasburg
Its true! I spend the majority of my weekends throughout the summer at Smorgasburg with Victoria (who if you couldn't tell is my best friend), giving different stands a try and ultimately enjoying ourselves. Considering the beginning of Smorgasburg season starts in just a few weeks, I will be sharing my tips and tricks for enjoying yourself at Smorgasburg.
tip #1: do your research about vendors beforehand
I cannot stress this enough; researching beforehand will save you a lot of aggravation.
tip #2: arrive around opening (11:00am)
Smorgasburg is insane pretty much every. single. weekend. Even when you think it's going to be empty, it most definitely will not be. My advice is to aim to get there around opening, not only will the crowds not be so terrible but, if you're driving there, you can snag a parking spot.
Tip #3: Bring cash
It's good to have a decent amount of cash on you; not all of the vendors accept card, so its important to keep cash on hand. If you forget, theres a few atm's around at the venue.
TIp #4: dress comfortably
Usually I attend the Smorgasburg at the east river state park in Williamsburg, and often find myself sitting on the grass. Because there is limited wall space to sit on and tables to sit at, definitely wear clothes that you are comfortable in and don't mind sitting on the ground in.
*you can also bring your own chairs/blanket too
tip #5: GO hungry
And what might seem like an obvious tip: GO HUNGRY! Smorgasburg is an experience, so treat yourself to a 3, or 4... or 5 course meal. I always do. its important to go with an empty stomach so you can enjoy and savor all of the delicious food Smorgasburg has to offer ;-)
★ my favorites ★
As a bonus to this post, I am going to share my personal favorite vendors at smorgasburg
- lumpia shack
- lumpia shack is a non-traditional filipino stand that serves lumpia (more commonly known as spring rolls). this vendor offers a wide range of lumpia, from pork lumpia to turon lumpia (picture above) that satisfies carnivores and herbivores alike!
- solber pupusa's
- solber pupusa's is a family run food truck that serves el salvadorian food. the man who runs it is super sweet, and the food is absolutely delicious. not to mention, you get the most bang for your buck in terms of food quantity at this stand!
- ramen burger
- a rather obvious one; ramen burger is definitely NOT overrated. i'm salivating as i type this. the flavors on this burger are phenomenal. the one downside is there is always a line, but it's worth the wait