Madison Square Eats

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Now would be a good time to read all about Smorgasburg if you haven’t yet.  Read it?  Ok, good.  Read on.  Now that you’re familiar with Smorgasburg, let me talk about Madison Square Eats.  Apparently the proper term for these kind of places is “pop-up market”.  One day it’s there and another it’s not.  It’s trendy.  I don’t like trendy.  I do like a variety of dishes from a variety of cuisines prepared by people who are trying to do something big in a small space.  I like to think that’s what these “pop-up markets” are really all about.  It’s a safe place to take risks – whether you are there to eat or there to cook.  Something comes out bad?  Try the next booth(or customer).  So then, is Madison Square Eats a risk worth taking?

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Full disclosure: This post was supposed to be about a recent visit to a great seafood restaurant in NYC. I had been looking forward to writing about it, and yet here you are reading this disclaimer about what I was supposed to write instead of well, what I was supposed to write. So, why am I not writing about this unnamed place? Excellent question! I did indeed go to said restaurant and I certainly enjoyed the food! Unfortunately something else went very wrong. It’s a problem I’ve always had, but one that has become more and more apparent as of late. It’s hard to believe, but the truth of it is –

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Smorgasburg

2015-04-12 15.09.45Just about every summer growing up, I would go to the county fair. I can’t say I had the same appreciation for food back then (and I certainly didn’t know what a blog was, but then neither did anyone else) that I do now, but it was always impressive to see so many different vendors offering so many different kinds of food (and let’s be honest, if you’re in the kind of place that has a county fair in the first place, there’s probably not a whole lot of culinary variety there otherwise).

Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, NY reminds me very much of those county fairs (though unfortunately the carnies have been replaced with vegan non-GMO organic gluten-free hippies). I’m not sure how well known Smorgasburg (which I assume is a combination of Smorgasbord and Williamsburg, the original location) is outside of the New York City area, so for those unfamiliar, it’s a (large) gathering of food vendors that set up shop every Saturday and Sunday from Spring to Fall in one of 2 riverside locations in Brooklyn. I was recently able to make it out to the Brooklyn Bridge Park location (Saturdays are held at East River State Park) for one of the first few weekends of this season. Continue reading “Smorgasburg”