This weekend marked the return of Smorgasburg, the outdoor food flea market in Brooklyn, N.Y. For some Brooklynites, summertime begins when Smorgasburg starts up again on Saturdays in Williamsburg and on Sundays in DUMBO — it’s when we all come out of hibernation to soak up the sun and stuff our faces.
Of course, the classic Smorgasburg staples have returned for another year; PizzaMoto, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Dough, Blue Bottle Coffee Company, People’s Pops, and Mighty Quinn’s were all on hand for opening weekend. Some new stands for 2013 include Brooklyn Soda Works, La Esquina (Williamsburg only), Daal House, and Beehive Oven.
Some tips for attending Smorgasburg: Come early and be ready to wait. It’s safe to assume the longest lines are for the best things (for example, Dough), so get something to snack on while you wait for something bigger. And if you're looking to sample a lobster roll, get one early or they may sell out.
Of course, there are still plenty of delicious eats that don’t require waiting more than a few minutes. My recommendations: Mimi and Coco’s teriyaki balls or Handsome Hank’s soft-shell crab sandwich.