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.
This weekend was packed with parades and festivals, but some sought a more relaxed vibe at LES DayLife’s Lower EAT Side yesterday afternoon. On Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston there were swarms of strolling couples, chubby-cheeked kids covered in glitter and face paint, and groups of friends with their skin bared to soak in that vitamin D.
The street fair took place from noon until 5 pm with live music, big blow-up chairs, a holistic wellness lounge, kid-friendly activities (when is the last time you hula hooped?), and a line of inviting food stands (if you consider winking shouts of “The best balls in Manhattan!” inviting). Check it all out by clicking through our slideshow below.