It was a gorgeous weekend in NYC. Finally some good weather to spend outdoors. Spring was definitely in the air. Yesterday some friends and I decided to venture out of our comfort zone of Astoria and head out to the other borough, Brooklyn. It’s not often I make it out to Brooklyn (sorry BK friends!), but when I do it always seems to be a good time.
We started our day at the Smorgasburg in DUMBO. What a wonderful experience! It’s an all food flea market which is right up my alley. This flea market happens every Saturday at the East River State Park in Williamsburg and on Sundays at the Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO. It is quite a picturesque setting, right by the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges which makes the food market all the more enjoyable. You can grab some food in the market and picnic on the grounds right by the water with a stunning view. It’s rain or shine 11AM-6PM. Be sure to bring cash since it is all cash only.
We arrived around noon and made sure to do a lap around the market before deciding on what we would be partaking in. A quarter of the way through the market, my cousin and I spotted the Lumpia Shack. Every Filipino (as well as my non-Filipino friends!) loves lumpia. Lumpia are Filipino egg rolls traditionally made with ground pork. Lumpia Shack takes that simple dish to another level. We tried the sampler which was definitely the way to go. The sampler consisted of 3 traditional pork with sweet chili sauce, 3 peking duck with hoisin and siracha sauce, and 3 vegetable truffled adobo mushroom rolls. I was very impressed with the flavors they were able to establish in each bite sized roll. I’m usually a lumpia “snob” since I believe my mom’s are the best, but these were delicious. My favorite were the peking duck rolls. They were filled with just the right amount of pulled roast duck, hoisin and siracha sauce which gave it a little punch. Next I tried the Bite Size Kitchen where I indulged in a crispy pork belly bun. This was made with roast pork belly, cucumber, scallions, and hoisin sauce. My favorite touch was the fried pork belly skin (pork rinds) which gave the bun a nice crunch and a good play on textures…mmm…mmm…good! After the pork bun, I stopped at the tent next door which was Takumi Taco. I had the tuna taco which was big eye tuna, jicama, avocado, and cucumber tossed in a spicy mayo served in a crispy gyoza shell. I loved the idea of it since I’ve had similar appetizers in various restaurants, but was a bit disappointed. The flavor was there, but there was a lack of tuna. It may have been masked in the mayo mixture, but I found my taco to be filled mostly with jicama. I expected some more tuna pieces at $6/taco (which wasn’t very big either). Once I finished the taco, I did another lap around the market to make sure I got something I really wanted as my last dish. And right there, where I entered, was the Hash Bar. You can’t go wrong with a “make your own” hash brown. I ordered the bacon and cheddar hash brown which was wonderful. You also have the option of adding an egg to it, but I passed on that. The potatoes were crispy but not greasy, and the bacon was fresh and meaty. YUMMY!
There were so many other places I would have loved to try, but I could not fit comfortably in my pants after I ate all that! I plan on going back and checking out the one in Williamsburg. It’s also a great reason to spend the day outdoors with friends and family. If you’re a big foodie and like to try new things, I would definitely check Smorgasburg out!