Every week, Brooklyn is flooded with 5000+ people a day, as they meander the aisles of food tents known as Smorgasburg in Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights. From 11-6 on Saturdays and Sundays, you can choose from anywhere from 75-100 vendors that offer specialty honeys, teriaki balls, pizza, and everything else in between. I’m a veteran of Smorgasburg, and while some vendors are mainstays of the food market, there are new ones every year to choose from. So how does one pick from the incredible options? Do you go with well established restaurants and food trucks like Red Hook Lobster, Dough, and Mighty Quinn’s, or do you try lesser-known gambles like Outer Borough, Sunday Gravy or Bolivian Llama Party?
I don’t have all the answers, but I am here to help. Throughout the season, I will be sacrificing myself for you, our readers, and giving you my reviews of various Smorgasburg vendors, one weekend at a time.
Ready for round 23? Let’s go! Enjoying Memorial Day Weekend to the fullest, I joined the throngs of people who came to this weekend’s Smorgasburg. Armed with cash, a charged phone, and my boyfriend and his mama, I trecked through the tents in search of this week’s culinary treasure.
Thanks to my slight hangover from Saturday’s festivities (yay Fleet Week!) I ended up at Birds & Bubbles.
Birds & Bubbles is a Southern style tent (and full service restaurant in the Lower East Side) serving ridiculously good fried chicken and biscuits. Unfortunately the excellent champagne they are known for isn’t served at Smorgasburg due to alcohol regulations, but you can imagine a glass of bubbly with these delights!
I went with the spicy chicken biscuit – delicious! Served warm, it’s their only spicy blend battered chicken, topped with deviled egg sauce, dill pickle slices, lemon aioli and a fresh buttermilk biscuit.
They pay homage to the missing bubbly with a basket of corks out on the table – thoughful considering every square inch of tent real-estate is pretty important!
Plus the sandwich is served with that sweet Southern charm, who can resist that?
Make this place a stop on your next trip to Smorgasburg, or visit them at 100B Forsyth St!