NYC Eats: Best of Smorgasburg Pt.2

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We've only got a few weeks left to take advantage of Smorgasburg here in NYC. We did a roundup of our fave eats at Smorgasburg last year, which you can check out here. This year we went again and definitely enjoyed it just as much, if not more than last year! Here are some of our favorites:

Best Newcomer

So, these vegan chai doughnuts are everything they sound like - amazing, heaven, spicy, gooey. I almost gave this title to a stand that focused on shishito peppers (which were all amazing) but these doughnuts from Dona Chai can't be beat and I wanted to eat like 5 more.

Best Oldie but Goodie

THESE tater tots are divine and just as good as they were last year. It took us a while to find them again and they stand is easy to miss as these tots are just a small side menu item. But, if you want to try them make sure to go to the BossaNova stand. Probably could have looked at my post from last year but was too hangry to think.

Best Twist on a Classic

I didn't personally get a chance to try these (being a vegetarian and all) but my friend tried and loved the Moroccan inspired scotch egg from The Imperial Egg. It definitely looks pretty! 

These were three of our favorites but you really can't go wrong at Smorgasburg! Try everything and go home and take a nap. :) Smorgasburg is open until November 21, 2015.



NYC Eats: Brunch

One of my favorite things about NYC is the brunch scene. You can try a new cuisine or stick with the tried and true classics. Either way, you're bound to leave with a happy heart and a full stomach. Here are some of our favorite spots:

BEST TRENDY SPOT (that's actually good)

Jack's Wife Freda

224 Lafayette St. 

If you like a slightly mediterranean flair, this is the place for you. I LOVE their halloumi and eggs dish and my brunching companions really enjoyed their dishes as well. If you have room, split the lavender pancakes with the table. You won't regret it. 

BEST CLASSIC BRUNCH

Penelope

159 Lexington Ave

You can't go wrong at Penelope. Everything is delicious and the decor and ambience is intimate and cute. My personal favorite is the mac and cheese, if you're looking for indulgence. I've also got to say, their home fries are one of the better versions I've had. 

BEST SPICY FARE

Cafe Cortadito

210 E 3rd St

If you're looking for brunch with a more ethnic or cultural flare, try any and all of the Cuban food at Cafe Cortadito. Their huevos rancheros are on point and will definitely hit the spot. You can't go wrong with anything else either!

NYC Eats: Best of Smorgasburg

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One of the best things about New York City is the food. Aside from the great restaurants and delis there's a thriving food truck and street eats scene, often featuring unique culinary viewpoints and casual fare. Smorgasburg, a casual food market that's part of Brooklyn Flea, has really led the pack in our humble opinion. We got a chance to hop on down to Smorgasburg this past weekend and check out all of the vendors.

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Here are our top vegetarian friendly picks:

If You Want Buffalo Wings Without the Chicken:

Buffalo Cheese Tater Tots from BossaNova Chicken Burgers 

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Best Snack:

Nachos from El Gato Nacho 

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Cutest Desserts:

All of the things from Bite Me Cheesecakes 

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If You're Craving Cheese:

Anything from Milk Truck Grilled Cheese 

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Best Vegan Option (Not pictured):

Summer Vegetable Pie by The Regal Vegan (The Basilicottaโ„ข is one of the best vegan cheese spreads we've ever had!)

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We'll definitely be going back as we barely scratched the surface (or the depths of our desire for cheesecake and bubble tea). Smorgasburg is open until November 24, 2014 - make sure to go if you're in the area!