Sure, Smorgasburg used to satiate your eccentric food cravings, but, like everything else in this city, popularity got the best of it and now it’s a crowded, sweaty mess, populated with frat boys, tourists and out-of-town parents scrambling for the last bite of $12 truffled ramen burrito and fighting for a table in the shade. If you’re looking for a chiller place to sample an array of drinks and creative new eats while hanging outside with your besties, maybe one of these summer food fests will do the trick. Just don’t bogart the okinomiyaki on a stick.
Conceptually, the vast continent of “Africa” still exists for many as a land viewed atop Pride Rock, extending one’s vision “as far as the light touches, Simba.” Yeah, we get it, geography is hard and Africa is, like, so far away. Fortunately for those wanting to cast aside their gross cultural generalizations – to differentiate their east from west and central from south – an opportunity has come along to do so, and the best part — it’s an education that primarily requires your stomach.
Ethiopian food is getting a lot easier to come by in the Bedford + Bowery domain. Two weeks ago, Bunna Cafe took up permanent lunchtime residence at Mama Joy’s bar in Bushwick, and on Saturday it’ll join the lineup at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg. Not only that: the East Village is getting an Ethiopian bistro as well.
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