Eat & Drink New York City


October 12, 2015

Before my boyfriend brought up going to Smorgasburg a few weeks before our trip to New York City, I’d never actually heard of it before. Which is saying something considering the fact that I did a ton of instagram stalking while planning the trip to look for ideas.

So on that Saturday, we headed out (after ordering bagels on Seamless of course) and made our way across the Williambsurg Bridge and meandered on over to Brooklyn.

We followed the mass of hungry people en route to the market and entered into what I can only describe as a foodie’s heaven. Otherwise known as Brooklyn’s Flea Food Market, Smorgasburg hosts dozens of food vendors of all varieties so that visitors can eat as much as they want and try as many different foods as they’d like.



We weaved our way through the crowds and made two laps around before we figured out which tents we wanted to stop by. Admittedly there was a lot of ogling going on at each food stand, while secretly hoping for free samples.

My first stop was to order duck confit, which was good but too heavy for a hot summer day so I wasn’t able to eat much more we moved on.


My boyfriend ordered what may just be the most deliciously spicy jerk chicken sausage I’ve ever tasted in my whole entire life. Which is saying something because I LOVE spicy food and I eat sriracha with most meals. Definitely delicious but dangerous, and not for the faint of heart (or tongue).


I feel like steamed buns are super hot in the foodie world… Or maybe they’ve been popular forever and I’m just behind the times! After seeing tons of instagrams dedicated to these Asian buns, I ran over to the tent and ordered their shredded chicken bun. One bite and I was in love. I was sorely tempted to go back for a second but I didn’t want to commit the stomach space and miss out another dish.


On our third lap around the area, we came across two huge lines right next to each other. One was for the infamous ramen burger, which is apparently the hottest new food item, and for Home Frite, which had the most delicious smell floating our way from their fryers.


I wasn’t kidding about that line! Being a foodie is harder work than I originally assumed but the reward was worth the wait.


We ordered their parmesan fries with truffle aioli to share and I’m not going to lie when I said that these fries are definitely in my top five favorite things that I’ve ever eaten. Granted I’m a huge fan of fries but considering the number of people walking around Smorgasburg with their own cones of fries, I wasn’t the only one who felt that way!




Although I felt like I was about to break out into a cold sweat because I’d eaten so much, my boyfriend and I pushed through the pain to check out The Good Batch’s ice cream sandwiches. We’d seen a ton of people carrying around the little brown bags and knew that we’d regret not tasting the sweets for ourselves. Eating fries and ice cream in one afternoon definitely sounds excessive but it’s not like I get to go to Smorgasburg every Saturday!


My boyfriend ordered their double chocolate ice cream sandwich and I ordered their gluten-free strawberry ice cream sandwich, that was made with a macaroon instead of a normal cookie. We posed for pictures with our cookies in front of the Manhattan skyline before heading to the beach and nabbing seats down by the water. We ate and laughed, as our ice cream quickly melted in the sun and we watched boats leisurely pass by.








Too much sun and way to much food later, we decided that what needed was a drink before heading back over to the river to Manhattan. We walked around Williamsburg for a bit before we stumbled upon The Gorbals, which had the cutest rooftop bar and a pretty awesome drink menu. My boyfriend and I were definitely “that couple” at the bar, holding hands across the table and laughing at each other’s corny jokes, but that’s what you get what you’re in a long distance relationship!




After one drink, because we knew that we would have probably burst with any more alcohol in our stomachs, we headed to the ferry. We lucked out and got to see the sun set behind Manhattan which was not only beautiful but also surprisingly romantic and the perfect end to our day.






I’m not sure how long Smorgasburg is open for but if you’re in New York, I’d definitely recommend checking it out! Delicious food, prime people watching, and fantastic views make Smorgasburg the perfect activity for a sunny Saturday afternoon.



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  • Taylor

    Those fries look amazing! If I were to go to Smorgasburg that’s exactly what I would order too!

    • Courtney

      The fries were so good!! If definitely get them again if I go back to Smorgasburg!

  • I wanted to go to this when we were in NYC and we went to Dumbo but it doesn’t seem to be on every day? We had a good time in the area anyway, riding on Jane’s Carousel

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • Courtney

      I think it’s only open on Saturdays and Sundays, but I could be wrong about that… I’ve always wanted to walk around Dumbo to get that perfect Instagram shot!

  • I am now very hungry and wishing to sample all those tasty treats. Love the food photos!

    • Courtney

      Thanks! And everything we ate was super delicious!

  • looks delicious! 🙂

    • Courtney

      All of the food was amazing!

  • I don’t even like fries, but those looked delicious!!!

    • Courtney

      I feel like they could definitely convert a fry non-believer! Plus there’s all kinds of food for everyone!

  • Of course I’m reading this at lunch time! haha seriously everything you guys got looks SO GOOD. That steamed bun looks so yummy. I’ve never heard of a steamed bun but I’m no foodie pro, but now I feel like I need to have one! Glad you guys had fun! Andddd that ice cream sandwich. Oh my gosh, I need it.
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

    • Courtney

      I’ve already eaten dinner and I’m still drooling looking over my photos!! And the steamed bun was amazing, as was the ice cream sandwich! The macaroon cookie made it so interesting!

  • Yummy! Everything looks super tasty. Great snaps!



    • Courtney

      Thanks! All of the food was delicious and I’m hoping that I’ll get to go back soon!!

  • Lindsay

    I would kill for one of those ice cream sandwiches right now! And that sunset is beautiful xx

    • Courtney

      They were so good!! I was a bit limited in my selection because I don’t like chocolate but I loved the strawberry macaroon ice cream sandwich!

  • laurajaneatelier

    yum, that food looks so good

    • Courtney

      Everything we tried was super delicious!

  • This is awesome! Everything looks so tasty 🙂

    Hustle & Whoa

    • Courtney

      Smorgasburg was definitely one of my favorite things we did all weekend!

  • The pics are stunning and so is ur smile!

    • Courtney

      Thank you so much! You’re making me smile right now!!

  • Looks amazing. I’ve always wanted to go to the Brooklyn Flea, it looks just as great as I imagined!

    • Courtney

      I’m so glad that my boyfriend’s aunt suggested that we go! The food was amazing and I loved getting to sit along the river!

  • Everything looks absolutely delicious! And yes! It’s nice to meet another spicy food fan 🙂

    • Courtney

      I love spicy food! The spicier the better!!

  • Summer Daisy

    Nice photos! The food looks so nice♥♥

    • Courtney

      Thanks! The food tasted even better than it looked!

  • Beautiful pictures. You grasp the atmosphere of your destination – and the food 🙂

    Bold Bliss

    • Courtney

      Thank you so much! Smorgasburg was too easy to photograph!!

  • New York, fries, ice cream cookie sandwiches…this sounds like the best day ever! I’ve never heard of this before, but if I ever go back to New York (hopefully!) I’m definitely going to head there. Gorgeous photos too! 🙂

    Hazel xx

    • Courtney

      I love trying new foods so Smorgasburg was a pretty epic experience for me! I hope that you do get to make it back to New York because the city is so much fun!

  • Nataly

    Those fries look delicious!!

    • Courtney

      They were SO GOOD!!

  • You have such lovely photos! I really like your blog.

    I write Mademoiselle Meets Maquillage and Macaroons and I would love for you to give it a read. Maybe we can follow each other on Bloglovin?

    Deepti xx

    • Courtney

      Thank you so much! And that sounds awesome!

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