When I thought about everything I wanted to do this summer, Smorgasburg literally topped the list. We spent Sunday afternoon exploring and creating a roving meal at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Smorgasbord, tucked right between Brooklyn Heights and the water with expansive views of the Manhattan skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge.
We tried the renowned Ramen Burger and although I wouldn't have waited hours for it, that says more about me than the mania-inducing burger, which was unique and very tasty. One of my favorite aspects of exploring Smorgasburg is the joy of discovering new vendors, and this visit did not disappoint. We loved the fried shishito peppers at Ark Foods, which are perfectly simple and totally yummy, and the treats at Gooey&Co. Unfortunately I couldn't try everything that caught my eye, so I'm looking forward to returning soon!
Ark Food's fried shishito peppers with umami dipping sauce. We love shishitos, and this was a perfectly delicious snack.
The finishing touches on a batch of ramen burgers, plus the line behind. We waited about five minutes, a far cry from the hours-long lines when this dish debuted.
The burger, the myth, the legend - the original Ramen Burger. Yes, it's delicious.
If you'd rather have traditional ramen, there's magic happening at Rai Rai Ken. By the way, their brick-and-mortar East Village outpost is one of my favorite noodle spots in NYC.
The sweet, sweet goodness at Gooey&Co includes small bites of original, banana, and key lime gooey cake. I love slightly undercooked baked goods, and these delicious cakes perfectly mimic the effect (while being fully cooked).
I was keen to revisit Kelvin Natural Slush Co., which always feels like a more grown up version of beloved childhood slushies.
We grabbed slashes to cool off before heading home (I picked the ginger base plus peach). There's nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day!