What I Ordered
Review By: Stefanie Parks –
The first time I went to Smorgasburg in Williamsburg I was in awe, overwhelmed, and of course, starving. So, I did what any girl would do when faced with what seemed like endless rows of food vendors that she’s been dying to try and a very empty stomach. I went around excitedly and tried as many samples as I could get. Well, it turns out, this was not the best plan of attack, because when it came time to actually pick out my meal, I was too full for even one full sandwich. So I guess I kind of screwed up the first time around (I mentioned that I was starving, right??), but I wasn’t making the same mistake when I went back to Smorgasburg for my second time this past weekend at the DUMBO location.
First, I have to note that this location seemed to be much smaller than the one in Williamsburg and also seemed to have a fair amount less vendors. This was probably a good thing for me, otherwise I don’t know how I would have possibly narrowed down my options. It took all the will power I could muster, but I did not try even one sample, and instead headed straight for the mile-long (well, maybe not that long) line at Mighty Quinn’s. I’ve been dying to try their newly-opened restaurant in the East Village, but just haven’t made it yet, so I thought that this would have to do for the time being. I was with my uncle and my husband, so while I was waiting in line, they scoured the place for our second and third dishes, and after discussing in-depth, they headed back out to pick up the winners. All this time, I was still waiting in line for our brisket sandwich.
My uncle picked up some peanut noodles from Noodle Lane, my husband got a fish sandwich from Handsome Hank’s Fish Hut and then we reconvened in a nice spot overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River. Not a bad view!
We did our best to split everything up without the use of a knife (for some reason, none of the vendors seemed to have them), and then we dug in. First, I tried the fish sandwich from Handsome Hank’s. It was huge and it was delicious. It was literally a whole fried fish smothered with tartar and hot sauce on two huge pieces of Texas Toast. The fish was crunchy and not too breaded, the bread was thick and perfectly toasted, and the two sauces mixed together were pretty much just perfect.
Next, I went for a fork-full of peanut noodles from Noodle Lane. They were pretty good, but a little light on the peanut taste, if you ask me. Last but not least, I did my best to take a bite of the ginormous brisket sandwich from Mighty Quinn’s. My god was it good. I may have to go as far as to say that it was the best brisket sandwich I’ve ever had. They piled the juicy and tender brisket so high on that bun, I could hardly get it in my mouth. The brisket was perfectly cooked, the sauce on it was amazing, and they finished it off with a pinch of sea salt, some cucumbers, hot peppers, and extra sauce, which were all just icing on the cake. Not only that, but I thought $9 for this huge sandwich was a pretty great deal.
Even though we were so stuffed we could hardly move (let alone think about the 15 mile bike ride ahead of us), we had to finish our meal off with something sweet. So, naturally, we chose the only place with a line that rivaled the line at Mighty Quinn’s… We ordered an Arnold Palmer slushy from Kelvin Natural Slush Co. and man am I glad we did. This was definitely the best Arnold Palmer and the best slushy I’ve ever had!
All in all, I’d have to say that food-wise, my second Smorgasburg experience was much more successful than my first. And of course, I’m already starting to think about my next trip back.