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Photos: Smorgasburg Opens Seaport Smorg, With Coney Island to Follow

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Outdoor noshing season is officially in full swing, what with the opening of Riis Park Beach Bazaar and now two of Smorgasburg’s satellite smorgs. The Williamsburg and Fort Greene institution’s Seaport location opened today, and a Coney Island outpost opens Saturday.

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Hester Street Fair Returns With Fried Squid Sticks, Egyptian Sandwiches and More

(Photo courtesy Hester Street Fair)

Fried squid by Kaya NYC. (Photo courtesy Hester Street Fair)

So many good things are coming back in April: tonight there’s Louie, Sunday there’s Silicon Valley and – oh yeah, IRL – there’s the Hester Street Fair. The outdoor food-and-fashion bonanza returns to the corner of Hester and Essex Streets on April 25 and they’ve given us the early word on new vendors. This year the fair will be Saturdays only, but to make up for the loss of Sundays they’re promising “a rotation of almost all new food vendors with more spots added to create a Hester Food Court.” Oh, and there’ll be TBA nighttime events, too.

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Williamsburg Creamery Closes On Bedford, Making Way For Davey’s Ice Cream

photo (1)When one creamery closes, another one opens.

After two years at 201 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg Creamery will officially close at 10:45 p.m. tonight.

“We sold our establishment to Davey’s Ice Cream,” explained a person who answered the phone at Williamsburg Creamery.

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Sneak Peek at Smorgasburg’s Newest Vendors, Debuting Next Week

Useful acronym: GMD = Gimme Dat (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Useful acronym: GMD = Gimme Dat (Photo: Nicole Disser)

So we spent the better part of two hours yesterday chillin at Berg’n in Crown Heights, slowly working our way through Smorgasburg‘s new-for-spring fare. This meant sliding into a food coma unlike any we’ve experienced since the holidays, but how else would you get to find out what’ll be on offer when Smorg returns to the shores of Williamsburg and DUMBO on April 4 and 5, respectively?

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Now You Can Eat Ramen Burgers With 20 Of Your Closest Friends, at Berg’n

Inside Berg'n, Smorgasburg's latest endeavor. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Inside Berg’n, Smorgasburg’s latest endeavor. (Photo: Nicole Disser)

The grand opening of Berg’n is finally upon us. This Wednesday, Smorgasburg welcomes guests to its new Crown Heights beer garden and food court.
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Judd Apatow and a Disconcertingly Clean-Shaven Louis CK Have Been Dropping into the Comedy Cellar

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Some weeks ago we heard that funnyman-turned-filmmaker Judd Apatow had been returning to his roots and doing surprise standup sets at the Comedy Cellar. And apparently he’s for real: we spotted him outside of the venue last night, having just dropped in for a set (seems Aziz Ansari also paid a surprise visit). And according to the Twittersphere, he’s appeared there at least nine times since May.
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Every week, rabid foodies bounce from stall to stall at this cornucopia of food vendors, each with their own gimmick. There tend to be lines at the trendy vendor of the moment (Mighty Quinn’s, Ramen Burger) but with 100 vendors in play, there’s no way to leave hungry. In fact, Mario Batali has called this Brooklyn Flea offshoot “the single greatest thing I’ve ever seen gastronomically in New York City.”

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Don’t Eat the Brown Acid But Do Sample Smorgasburg At This Woodstock Rave

Chickpea & Olive.

Chickpea & Olive.

Smorgasburg has never really had the party vibe of, say, the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, but that’ll change when several of its vendors head upstate Memorial Day weekend for the U.S. debut of Mysteryland, an 20-year-old electronic music festival that’s taking over the hallowed grounds of the ’69 Woodstock Festival.
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First Look: Smorgasburg’s Schnitz Opens Its East Village Sando Shop This Weekend

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Donna and Yoni Erlich (Photos: Jenna Marotta)

Schnitz interior 2Spiegel isn’t the only East Village newcomer that’ll soon be serving schnitzel. Yoni Erlich, 27, is aiming to open Schnitz this Friday with his sister, Donna, 28. And they’ve got big plans for the those pounded, breaded and fried cutlets.

“Schnitzel’s kind of like falafel 20 years ago — it was there, but people didn’t really know about it,” said Yoni. “We thought, ‘Why can’t schnitzel be the next falafal? Or the next meatball?’”
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Hester Street Fair Is Opening a Cafe in the New Museum

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The corner of Bowery and Houston is about to become the cornucopia of Bowery and Houston. Just steps from the Whole Foods that hosts Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg, the Flea’s Manhattan counterpart, the Hester Street Fair, is teaming up with the New Museum to open the Hester Street Cafe.
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Do We Even Have to Tell You Today’s Ramen Burger Line Was Absurd?

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(Courtesy: Ramen Burger’s Instagram)

There’s an old saying: when a dog bites a man, that is not news. But when a man bites a ramen burger, that is news.

Not that this is surprising at all: lots-o-people lined up for Ramen Burger’s second week at Smorgasburg. In fact, Eater spotted folks hunkered down in an empty lot around 8 a.m., three hours before the batch of 360 burgers even went up for sale. People, please – it’s not like this is free fried chicken.
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