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.
The Michelin inspectors just made their opinions known (congrats especially to Williamsburg’s Semilla, East Village’s Somtum Der, and Bowery spots Rebelle and Uncle Boons, all of which snagged their first stars). But put off following in their footsteps and hit these pop-up dinners and foodie collabs while you can.
SweetWater Honey Hole
Oct. 1 and 2, starting at 4:20pm, at 1 Knickerbocker Ave., Bushwick; RSVP for free entry.
Tonight and tomorrow the moribund King’s County Saloon goes out with a bang, with animal-roast maven Eclectik Domestic taking over the kitchen and local bands hitting the stage. Cotillon plays tonight, and tomorrow is your chance to see Fort Lean for free if you don’t feel like shelling out $5 for their album release party at Baby’s All Right tonight. Stop by and score brews by SweetWater Brewing Co. for $4.20, or get a glass for free if you order a $4.20 food item. Tonight there’ll be a sloppy joe with IPA-braised cabbage, and tomorrow is all about chili and cornbread.
A new Basque restaurant is set to bring house-made vermouth and cider on tap to the former L’asso EV space by the end of the month. Seating 75, Huertas will feature a pintxos (Basque tapas) bar in the front and tables for a four-course, $52 “menu del dia” in the back.