So you're in New York City for the weekend, hungry for lunch, a bit overwhelmed with the food options and have a wad of American cash burning a hole in your pocket - what do you do? My advice? Grab a friend and head to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. Smorgasburg is a market (open air in the summer, in a creepy warehouse in the winter) featuring tons of food and beverage vendors.
We're not talking about your everyday food fair items like hamburgers and hot dogs either. Nope, we're talking about food stuffs that would make the front page of your favourite online foodie magazine and would have bloggers everywhere trying to replicate it.
The downside is that everything looks and sounds so good it may be hard to get your stomach to stop wanting more before your wallet is empty. At $5-15 per item it's important to set a limit and not go overboard with some of the gimmick-y items available (I'm looking at you Ramen Burger).
Splitting everything with the boyfriend let me try quite a few items and they were all very delicious, but I had a few favourites I would return to if I had the chance. The Bruffin, a savoury brioche muffin filled with country-specific ingredients. I had 'Sweden' which was smoked salmon with cream cheese, capers and spinach. The everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Mexican sandwich called Cemitas that's stuffed with beans, chipotle spread, avocado, pickled onion and carnitas is a handful to eat, but the perfect combination of, well, everything. And you can't leave Smorgasburg without trying one (or a dozen) of the over sized yeast doughnuts from Dough, preferably dulce de leche if it hasn't already sold out.