food & drink, lifestyle, nyc

smorgasburg 2017

Okay, wow – this is a long overdue post! I’ve been meaning to write about Smorgasburg least three months ago, when Michael visited me back in May. But as you know (or don’t know), I struggled a lot with blogging back then. That can go into a whole other blog post though – for now, let’s focus on Smorgasburg!

If you aren’t familiar with Smorgasburg, it’s a daytime food market with over 100 local vendors. We went to the one in Prospect Park in Brooklyn, and there’s another location in Williamsburg as well. One of the reasons I love being in New York City is because we’re so diverse, and it definitely reflected in a lot of the food here! They had food from China, Taiwan, Mexico, Spain, and of course American as well – you name it, there’s a good chance that they have it!

Our first stop was Baonanas – and I only remembered the name of this place because of the business card. They sell custard, and it tasted exactly like pound cake and custard, nothing spectacular. I think it would’ve earned some brownie points if it was frozen.

Do you like that ~garbage bag aesthetic~ in the background? I don’t remember what this is or where it was from, though it was $5 or $6 and it wasn’t worth it. Tasty yes, but worth it, no. I’m pretty sure most of these places jacked up their regular prices for an event like this.

I also distinctly remember the price for this strawberry cheesecake popsicle – $6. Again, not worth it. It was literally made in a paper cup and we watched the guy peel it off before handing this to us. Call me a jerk, but I’d at least expect it to at least look like a popsicle.

Jianbing at $9 or $11. Once again, not worth it for the price (are you seeing a pattern here?). It was pretty cool seeing them make it though, and even cooler to see them crack an egg in it and cooking it on top of the batter. I’m easily amused.

Normally I love churros, but after eating mostly desserts, it was just kind of meh. I think this might’ve been around $8 – $12?

We bought a pink lemonade as well – I think they named it cherry blossom lemonade? But really, it just tasted like regular lemonade. Apparently pink lemonade is a psychological thing. It’s actually just regular lemonade colored with red food dye or cranberry juice, but the pink color makes us think it tastes sweeter. Oh, and the donut at the beginning of this post! It was from Dough if I remember correctly, and the most reasonably priced thing at $3.50 or $3.75. Totally worth it.

I hate to say this, especially since Smorgasburg has a cult following among foodies – but it was kind of just… whelming. We spent a little more than $40 between the two of us, and neither of us were decently full by the end of it. And the crowds… don’t even get me started. It could’ve easily rivaled Times Square. I’m glad I went here for the experience, but I wouldn’t go back because the overpriced food and crowds just weren’t worth it for me.

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  • The churros look AMAZING!

    Vanessa x |

    • They were! I only wish we ate them sooner than later on the day!

  • Are those fishballs stuffed with meat or something?! OMG, I could eat them everyday! LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of SanityBurberry Beauty Giveaway

    • Yup! Not sure what it was though, but they sure were tasty!

  • The cheesecake popsicle look immense!!! Need!!! In all honesty, the diversity in NYC was one of my favourite things about the Big Apple. New Yorkers are so strong and embrace their culture wholeheartedly. Big NYC wanderlust from these foodie finds!
    Jaz xoxo

    • I’m glad you enjoyed NYC so much! Yeah, the diversity here is great – one minute you’re in Chinatown and the next you’re in little Italy!

  • This sounds fun and I want all the food! That’s too bad that they are over priced though! Everything looks delicious though, especially that donut!

    • Haha yeah, these kinds of events are great for more food exposure, just not worth the money though! I think it was a cinnamon sugar donut if I remember correctly 😉

  • Hmmm absolutely love your foodie pictures! Makes me mouthwatering! Havent had churros in two years! Vivian x

    • Oh no! If I had a say, handing out churros weekly would be a mandatory thing!

  • Wildfire Charm

    Everything looks so delicious but those churros though, Omg I’m so hungry now haha x

    • haha, everyone is mentioning the churros, I want them now too!

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  • Sam

    i love that they were so diverse in food, but my two big things is the crowd and overpriced items! Which is basically, like, everywhere lol especially a big event like this! although, ten to one, I would have gone for the experience. Walking around eating is basically all I do, so this would have been perfect just to do to say you did it.

    sam / My Beauty Cloud

    • haha, yeah! it’s probably much better to do this in a city with lots of restaurants and cafes and such. but a pro of smorgasburg was that it was in such a small space, we basically didn’t have to do a lot of walking haha.

  • Im so hungry, this all looks amazing! 😀

    Megan | | Fashion, Lifestyle and Parenting Blogger.

  • Love this amazing post, the pictures are truly awesome, I love your blog. Thank you for sharing, cannot wait for the next exiting post.


  • I have tried to get to Smorgasburg every time I’m in NYC but alas, never made it! I’m going to have to try harder next time – the food looks incredible!

    Stephanie |

  • ah the overpriced part. it always sucks to pay for something so meh and so tiny! the jianping is intriguing tho. i never had it 0_0

  • Ira

    Everything looks so delicious! I love the post:)

  • Wow, food heaven! Everything looks so good and looks like such a fun event.

    x Annabelle

  • I feel like most food markets are always like this – waaay too crowded with huge lines and you end up spending a lot of money to sit on the grass to eat. I actually went to Smorgasburg a few years ago when I was in NY on holiday and I remember there hardly even being anywhere to sit, and I’m sure it’s only gotten more popular and more crowded since then. Dough doughnuts are great though! At least they were worth the money even if everything else wasn’t really. The portions are always pretty small and because you want to try a few things you end up spending so much more than what your food is really worth.

  • (Haha, my friend and I were at Harbourfront over the summer trying to find the giant rubber duck, and we saw an overflowing trash bin with trash scattered around the bin, and my friend was just like, “Is this another art exhibit???” We jokingly took photos of it, but FOR REAL THOUGH, I FEEL LIKE IF YOU MOVED THAT TRASH BIN INTO AN ART EXHIBIT, IT WOULD BE “LEGITIMATE ART”. #WHATISART?)

    That strawberry cheesecake popsicle looks so good though, ngl. And judging from the name, I would’ve expected Baonanas to have something to do with bao….lol. But yeah, food festivals just really aren’t worth the price point–my friend and I went to one earlier this summer just to experience it, and the food was also definitely underwhelming as well. They were giving out free Haagen Dazs ice cream though, so we totally exploited that and got some free bars to compensate.