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.
taste of bushwick
If you can eat and drink your way through $40 like it’s nothing (guilty!) and you like surrounding yourself with lushes of a similar persuasion (uh, people who won’t judge you for being “disgusting–” pshh) then it’s probably not a bad idea to get tickets to the 2nd annual Taste of Bushwick, an annual food fest to benefit local theater and dance venue, the Bushwick Starr. According to the #TBT photos, everyone was smiling at last year’s incarnation so, indisputably, things went well. And if you thought there were enough great restaurants participating last year to sink a ship, then whoa buddy check out the lineup this time around and try not to drool.
The first annual food fest doubles as a fundraiser for its location, The Bushwick Starr, where you’ll be able to sample food from about a dozen of the neighborhood’s eateries on June 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Among those who’ll turn the off-off-Broadway theater and its rooftop into a pop-up food court will be Arepera Guacuco, Cafe Ghia, Fritzl’s Lunch Box, Northeast Kingdom, Tchoup Shop @ Heavy Woods, The Bodega, The Sampler, Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos, Henry’s Wine & Spirit, Cafeteria La Mejor. Plus, the local Boar’s Head plant will be reppin’ with a hot dog cart.