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By Georgiana Damas | REAL'TY LIFE | 17 Aug 2017

Smorgasburg: culinary experience on a budget

Have you ever woken up (very) late on the weekend? Then you must know too well this feeling of guilt when you realize the day already started. And, by the time you try to figure things out, your belly is there to remind you that it’s time to eat!

If you recognize yourself in this situation, then this article is for you. First, reassure yourself: your day is not ruined! Now, get ready because it is time to head towards *fabulous* Smorgasburg, Brooklyn!

On a scale from 0 to 10, the level of excitement/happiness I felt discovering Smorgasburg is a well-deserved ‘going to Walt Disney World in Orlando as a kid for the first time’ – I know, it might sound exaggerated but I basically live to eat.

As you might have guessed, my own experience with Smorgasburg was fantastic. Unfortunately, I believe it is one of those events that not everyone is aware of and a place that is mostly frequented by Brooklyn residents. Therefore, it is my duty to inform you about this ultimate food heaven.

First things first, what is Smorgasburg?

Smorgasburg is the biggest open-air food market in the USA that gathers around 100 local vendors.

There, you can have all sorts of original snacks such as Korean-style hamburgers, Filipino lumpia, Japanese raindrop cakes, … as well as delicious specialties such as doughnuts,  lemonades or ice creams. All your unexpected food dreams turn into a reality.

Where is it located? When can I go?

Locations in New York City are in East River State Park (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) on Saturdays and in Prospect Park (Park Slope, Brooklyn) on Sundays, from 11 am to 6 pm – between April and October. The market opens rain or shine, including on holidays.

For the Williamsburg location, the closest subway station is Bedford Avenue, accessible through the L train. The Prospect Park stop is the nearest by for the Park Slope location, served by B, Q and S trains.

What about the price?

My only regret going to the market was that I did not have an extra stomach to stuff it with even more food. Believe me, I have an enormous appetite and after getting 4 items (one hamburger, around ten lumpia, a doughnut and a lemonade), I had already attained my maximum capacity!

Judging everything I had gotten, a budget of 25 dollars per person should be fine as the average item costs between 2 and 15 dollars.

What makes it so special?

It depends on what you are looking for and on the day you plan to go there. If you have not made up your mind yet, this might help you:

On the one hand, Williamsburg is a very HIP, free-spirited, party-like area with an agitated nightlife that is mostly inhabited by the New York City young upper class.

Smorgasburg market faces a beautiful waterfront view on the Manhattan East Village, where you can enjoy a romantic sunset while gentle breezes caress your cheeks (you get the picture).

On the other hand, we have Park Slope which is a well-off neighborhood as well. It is a safe place to live in since it is mainly frequented by young families and that places open after 10 pm could be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Smorgasburg takes place in the famous Prospect Park, a place where runners, cyclists, dog walkers and parents with strollers cohabit in a hipster-relaxed kind of ambiance.

I don’t think I could be more explicit, therefore, the choice of the location is up to you!

If you are a foodie as much as I am and that you enjoy those typical Brooklyn vibes, I can guarantee you that you will have an amazing time at Smorgasburg. Indeed, you can easily get delicious, worldwide and original food in a beautiful location at affordable prices. That is what I call a deal!

So tell me, what did you plan on doing next weekend?

More information at www.smorgasburg.com

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