Tricked by Vegan Meat
Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York, is a neighborhood filled with an eclectic vibe, unique energy and youthful charm. Popular among creative artists, it's a community of diverse restaurants, quirky shops and street art. When I heard about Smorgasburg–a weekend food market on the Williamsburg waterfront–I didn't waste time and planned a trip immediately.
Bacon-topped cupcakes, French macarons, chili mangoes on sticks, lobsters and oysters, peanut butter cheesecakes, ramen burgers, artisan coffee and bubble tea: the food choices seemed endless with about a hundred food vendors in attendance.
Getting there, I tried a thick cut of grilled maple bacon on a stick–sweet, tender and juicy at every bite; It was the perfect warm-up for the afternoon.
There were many things to see and try–including vegan meat, something I was tricked into eating after a reckless assumption that 'Meats' meant beef, pork or chicken everywhere. Luckily, it was marinated in Chimichurri, an Argentinian sauce I've never had before.
Every stand sold delicious food gourmet. Food selection was diverse and impressive, which would only leave anyone hungry for more. There's even beer too.
If you love food, this place will be a delight. Don't be picky and try either what you can't read or pronounce. The view of the Manhattan skyline while eating a treat after another on park benches with good friends, seemed fairly reasonable of a 4-hour commute. I might have swallowed a tiny fish bone that afternoon, but I'm positive it won't stop me from coming back again.
Saturdays at East River State Park—Kent Ave. and N. 7 St.—on the Williamsburg waterfront Sundays at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier. 11am-6pm.