If you love weekend food markets, you’re going to love Smorgasburg, located alongside the river in Hipsterville, aka Williamsburg.
Smorgasburg opens every Saturday, and we arrived on the second weekend of the opening season, when the sun was beating down on New York. And guess who was there. Everyone. Yup. It was suuuuuper busy. But that did not deter us, nothing does when food is the promise.
We squeezed our way through the crowds and made sure we witnessed every single Smorgasburg vendor before making an executive decision on what to eat.
We had great intentions of starting off with something savoury, but the sun was sizzling and all the ice cream and shaved snow stands looked so damn good.
People’s Pops were making Shaved Ice and it looked pretty awesome the way they just sheared off some ice from the block and added flavour to the cup. We didn’t try this sadly, but we definitely should have!
What we did try was Shaved Snow, which is different to Shaved Ice. Just stick with me here and I’ll explain.
I spotted a girl carrying around a large tub of what kinda looked like ice cream caving under a mountain of delicious toppings. We quickly located the vendor, and had our first experience of eating Shaved Snow from Wooly’s.
Wooly’s explanation of what Shaved Snow is: ‘Shaved snow is a hybrid between shaved ice and ice cream. By taking a block of ice made with low-fat milk, we infuse the flavors into the blocks before it is frozen, and then shave it very fine to create a texture similar to fresh fallen snow’. Sounds good right? And it is. It’s so SO good.
We stumped for the original leche flavour, topped with mochi and sea salt leche sauce. I am literally obsessed with this dessert now, sadly no one in London is making it. Would you like me to open a Shaved Snow stand?!
Dessert didn’t stop there though. No sooner had we eaten the last bite of Wooly’s Shaved Snow, and we were joining the line for a Ice Cream Sandwich from The Good Batch.
Whenever I see a dessert that looks amazing and is also gluten free, I do the whole ‘OMG it’s gluten free! No one ever makes these gluten free, I’ve gotta try one!’. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to use this excuse to be a glutton, with more and more food vendors offering gf options, but for now it works and I get to stuff myself silly with delicious treats because the baker didn’t add flour. Win!
We handed over $7 for a Mint Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich and walked over to the park to soak up the sun. Then we gobbled that ice cream sandwich up like two hungry little piglets. And it was worth every calorie that fast tracked itself to my thighs.
Expect crowds, expect to get hot and bothered, and expect to part with more cash than you’d promised yourself you’d spend. But also expect to eat unbelievably good food, and then have food regrets later that you didn’t try to stuff more in, or at least get something to go!
There’s a few locations, but we only hit up the Williamsburg spot, which quite frankly was fine by me, when it meant having the rest of the afternoon to wander the streets of one of my favourite New York neighbourhoods.
Happy Eating x