New York

Even More New Vendors to Check out at Smorgasburg 2019

Scott Lynch/Smorgasburg
Scott Lynch/Smorgasburg
Scott Lynch/Smorgasburg

There are only three seasons in NYC: autumn, winter, and Smorgasburg, when the city’s best food trucks, restaurants, and chefs rally for six months of tasty bliss. Smorgasburg is one of the largest open-air markets in the nation, showcasing wild and eclectic eats at three locations around the city. Every vendor is carefully vetted, and no two dishes are alike.

Smorgasburg 2019 kicked off in April, and this year, there were a few changes to get excited about. In addition to the first-ever Friday market in FiDi, 25 new vendors joined the Smorgasburg roster. If you haven’t yet been, there are a few standouts worth looking out for. Here’s every new vendor you need to visit at Smorgasburg before it closes in October.

Nicole Aisemberg
Nicole Aisemberg
Nicole Aisemberg

Crack’d

Williamsburg & Prospect Park Pack your body with protein at Smorgasburg’s new egg-oriented vendor. Crack’d Food Concepts serves up four kinds of egg sandwiches on pain au lait buns, each one inspired by a Japanese-style tamagoyaki rolled egg.

Vanessa Jean-Jacques
Vanessa Jean-Jacques
Vanessa Jean-Jacques

WontonTiva

Williamsburg & Prospect ParkStart with Hawaiian dumplings, finish with Hawaiian dessert. WontonTiva began with a family wonton recipe last September, and this year, its serving up the original dish at East River State Park. Choose between deep-fried pork or tofu wontons, dunk them in shoyu mustard or sweet and spicy pineapple dip, and when you’re finished, snack on dairy-free coconut pudding shaped like mo’ai.

Courtesy of The Blue Chicken
Courtesy of The Blue Chicken
Courtesy of The Blue Chicken

The Blue Chicken

Williamsburg & Prospect ParkYou’d be wise to try the sous vide chicken sandwich — made with meat that’s flash-fried before your eyes and paired with spicy poblano mayo — but the more Smorgasburg creation to look out for at this relatively new food concept is its twist on chicken & waffles. Choose from a few different flavors of chicken (think creamy buffalo ranch and sweet thai chili with scallion) and eat them out of a salted blue corn cone from The Konery.

Tojo Kitchen
Tojo Kitchen
Tojo Kitchen

Tojo’s Kitchen

Williamsburg & Prospect ParkTojo’s Kitchen specializes in black wagyu, and even midway through Smorgasburg season, its menu is expanding. Take a chance on wagyu sushi (sticky rice, vinegar, wasabi), the Wagyu Sando (breaded and deep-fried meat, Worcestershire reduction, soft milk bread), or the newest menu item — and possibly its best one yet — the Wowgyu Burger (wagyu patty, torched wagyu slices, secret sauce, lettuce, cheese, ube bun).

Borrachito
Borrachito
Borrachito

Borrachito

WilliamsburgThere’s no shortage of taco vendors at Smorgasburg, but Borrachito’s tacos are in a league of their own, thanks in part to the shells they’re served in. The tortillas are hearty – handmade from local, organic corn – leaving little to be desired even before they’re filled. Here, three tacos steal the show: brisket barbacoa, burrata jalapeño, and the Pork Bomb, packed with three types of pork.

Smør

Williamsburg & Prospect ParkSend your tastebuds north with an order of smørrebrød, a Nordic sandwich resembling an elaborate breakfast toast. At Smør, the namesake dish features pickled herring, creme fraiche, shallots, and capers, spread atop locally baked rye bread. If you’re not much of a fish person, opt for the Hangover Sandwich, stuffed with roast beef and toppings like crispy onions and remoulade.

Petisco Brazuca NYC
Petisco Brazuca NYC
Petisco Brazuca NYC

Petisco Brazuca

Williamsburg & Prospect ParkPetisco Brazuca’s bite-sized take on coxinha, a Brazilian street food made of fried dough, is collecting social media cred for good reason. Orders come in bowls perfect for snacking, and coxinha pockets are available in a variety of flavors, including dulce de leche for the sweet tooths and chicken & cheese for the traditionalists.

Courtesy of Kochin
Courtesy of Kochin
Courtesy of Kochin

Kochin

Williamsburg & Prospect ParkWhen childhood friends from Vietnam, one a fashion entrepreneur and one a food scientist, come together to design extravagant frozen desserts, you can expect near-perfection. Kochin’s elaborate dessert “tornados” are equal parts sweet and refreshing, pairing scoops of homemade ice cream with natural ingredients common in Vietnamese and French cuisine. Choose between the fruit-forward Beauty Dose and the caffeine-forward Coffee Bomb, both Instagrammable in their own right.

Vayalo Cocina
Vayalo Cocina
Vayalo Cocina

Vayalo Cocina

WilliamsburgThree recent transplants from Venezuela partnered to bring some of the best of their native cuisine to New York City, now including Smorgasburg. Their gluten-free arepas come topped with your choice of pork pernil, veggies, or cheese, and their perros calientes (hot dogs) come mantled with slaw, avocado, potato chips, and sauces. Nathan’s Famous could never.

Courtesy of Fluffy's NYC
Courtesy of Fluffy’s NYC
Courtesy of Fluffy’s NYC

Fluffy’s NYC

Williamsburg & Prospect ParkFluffy breakfast foods will always reel people in, and among the several dozen vendor creations at Smorgasburg this year, Fluffy’s inflated soufflé pancakes are a likely show-stealer. The Japanese-style “fluffies” come in stacks of two, available in three different flavors: blueberry cheesecake, creme brulee, or original with butter and maple syrup. Bring a couple friends and try them all — there’s no better place to indulge.

Millers and Makers

WilliamsburgBaked goods are the name of the game at Millers and Makers, run by a married couple who mills their own flour in Brooklyn. Breads and sweet treats lack some of the pizzazz found on other vendors’ menus, but simplicity speaks volumes when done correctly. The must-try item here is the sweet potato cinnamon roll. Prepare to be impressed.

Tori-San Japanese Fried Chicken
Tori-San Japanese Fried Chicken
Tori-San Japanese Fried Chicken

Tori-San Japanese Fried Chicken

Williamsburg & Prospect ParkCount on fried chicken with a twist at Tori-San Japanese Fried Chicken, where beloved American dishes go for a makeover. Here, dumplings and fried chicken become one with pork scallion gyoza-stuffed wings, chicken & waffles are reinvented with okonomiyaki batter and karaage chicken thighs, and fried chicken sandwiches include yuzu slaw and Sriracha kewpie mayo. It’s the Japanese fusion you didn’t know you needed, and one you won’t soon forget.

Courtesy of The Better Pop
Courtesy of The Better Pop
Courtesy of The Better Pop

The Better Pop

WilliamsburgEveryone appreciates a healthy gut, but pungent probiotic drinks aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. The Better Pop makes kombucha more palatable — tasty even — by tossing whole fruit in the mix and freezing it into a popsicle. The grid-shaped treats are easy to bite, easy to share, and come 100% guilt-free. Nobody said you had to spoil your #YearOfWellness to enjoy a Smorgasburg Saturday.

Courtesy of 10Below
Courtesy of 10Below
Courtesy of 10Below

10Below

Williamsburg & Prospect Park10Below has been a titan of rolled ice cream in NYC since it first popped up in Chinatown in 2015. Now, just in time for Smorgasburg 2019, they’ve added the Ice Cream Blitz to the menu. The Blitz is an ice cream float with flair: A mini Coke bottle rests upside down in the cup alongside Thai rolled ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate drizzle; the higher you lift the bottle, the fizzier it gets. Regular ice cream bowls will also be available for the soda-averse.

Courtesy of Nikki Gomez
Courtesy of Nikki Gomez
Courtesy of Nikki Gomez

Nansense

Williamsburg & Prospect ParkNansense may be a new vendor, but its reputation precedes: The Afghan food truck won Best Rookie Vendor in the 2018 Vendy Awards, and it already warmed up to Smorgasburg audiences at this past season’s indoor winter market. The chef will serve his take on Afghanistan comfort food in the form of curry dishes and Afghan dumplings; non-meat eaters can sample the vegetarian korma.

99eats
99eats
99eats

Amazeballs

Williamsburg & Prospect ParkLet’s dodge the obvious pun here and say that Amazeballs’ meatballs are, uh, great. If you made the rounds at Smorgasburg in 2017, you may already be familiar with former NFL player Derrell Smith’s creations. But if not, you can get familiar now; after a one-year hiatus, Amazeballs is making its highly anticipated return. Order meatballs in a bowl or on a roll, vegan or regular, and toss on some unusual toppings like pineapple habanero sauce and potato chips.

Scott Lynch/Smorgasburg
Scott Lynch/Smorgasburg
Scott Lynch/Smorgasburg

Here’s every new vendor at Smorgasburg this year:

10Below (Saturday & Sunday)
Amazeballs (Saturday & Sunday)
The Better Pop (Saturday only)
The Blue Chicken (Saturday & Sunday)
Borrachito (Saturday only)
Chofi Familia (Saturday & Sunday)
Crack’d (Saturday & Sunday)
Fluffy’s NYC (Saturday & Sunday)
Flying V Poutine (Saturday only)
Gourmet by Nuno (Saturday & Sunday)
Jing Fong (Saturday & Sunday)
Kochin (Saturday & Sunday)
La TropiKitchen (Saturday only)
Millers and Makers (Saturday only)
Muzzles (Saturday only)
Nansense (Saturday & Sunday)
Petisco Brazuca (Saturday & Sunday)
The Pizza Cupcake (Saturday only)
Sons of Thunder (Saturday & Sunday)
Tojo’s Kitchen (Saturday & Sunday)
Tori-San Japanese Fried Chicken (Saturday & Sunday)
Smør (Saturday & Sunday)
Vayalo Cocina (Saturday only)
WontonTiva (Saturday & Sunday)
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Kyler Alvord is a travel editorial assistant at Thrillist. Find him on Twitter and Instagram.

New York

Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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