South Street Smorgasburg, Financial District

Alright everyone, this one’s gonna be a long one.  Reason being is that Matt and I hit up Smorgasburg at South Street Seaport today.  Now, for those of you who don’t know what Smorgasburg is, it’s literally the New York food lover’s dream.  All the best culinary creations in the city are condensed into one location.  The stands comprise of chefs and foodies that usually don’t have an actual restaurant yet, but instead own food trucks or pop-up food stands and are making their way to the top.  Although if you’re good enough to get a stand at Smorgasburg you probably don’t even need a restaurant anymore, because you’re already pretty set.  And this heaven-on-earth used to just be in Brooklyn, but now there is a smaller Smorgasburg at the seaport in Manhattan!  Which means it’s easier to get your hand on all the delicious morsels of delight.  

Smorgasburg is probably my top thing to do in the entire city.  During the summer you can go to the big Smorgasburg in Williamsburg and be right on the water with the entire skyline right in front of you, while you try and decide between every kind of cuisine you could ever imagine.  Seriously, off the top of my head, there are stands for tacos, mac and cheese, lobster rolls, burgers, grilled cheeses, ice cream, and literally any type of ethnic food you could think of.  And there’s beer!  I think a good life goal would be to try every stand in the entire place.  And what I love most about this place is that there are minimal tourists.  So many awesome things in New York eventually become tourist hot spots, which can be stressful for people like me because I have a serious problem with aggressive walking and don’t like people in my way.  But don’t let that deter you from coming if you’re visiting the city!

But this year they opened up a smaller Smorgasburg at the South Street Seaport.  It had about 7 stands instead of 40, but all the best ones were there.  And I really like the Seaport; it’s a great outdoor location so there’s always something going on there.  Whenever a friend or family member comes into town I can usually always swing by there and something fun will be going on.  Not to mention, it was a friggin gorgeous day.  Literally a perfect fall day in NYC.

Entrance to South Street Seaport
Entrance to South Street Seaport

When we got there there was another food event going on around the corner called Taste of the Seaport or something, where you buy a ticket and have access to delicious dishes from tents.  But by the time we got there that event was already coming to an end, but honestly nothing could compare to Smorgasburg so we didn’t even try.  There was a band playing, which was nice, but still we walked straight through and right to the lobster stand.  Honestly the lobster rolls at this stand are one of the most famous things in the whole Smorgasburg line-up, but in order to be a professional NYC foodie you have to strategize.  Which means we wanted to save the lobster roll for last and instead start with a grilled cheese to warm up.

The grill cheese stand was called the Milk Truck, and man oh man was it good.  These were probably the best grilled cheese I’ve ever had, and I’ve had some pretty good ones.  Here’s the menu:

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I decided to get the Three Cheese, which was gruyere, cheddar, and Wisconsin Blue, AND caramelized apples.  Gawwwwwdddddd I’m drooling just thinking about it.  I decided to get it because it’s fall, so I thought fall = apples!  The flavor was incredible.  The slightly sweet apples balanced out the strong cheesy flavor.  Sometimes a grilled cheese is TOO cheesy, ya know?  And you need another flavor to kind of help your taste buds appreciate the cheese more.  I was worried the apples would be too sweet, but no they were perfect.  And the bread was soo buttery and crispy.  Here, look, because you need to understand just how good this was.

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See the sliced apples in there?  I can’t even explain how happy I was sitting at that picnic table on a beautiful fall day with my man eating these buttery cheesy sandwiches.  And Matt got the Bacon Cheddar Blue sandwich which also had bacon and pickles on it.  I had a bite without bacon and just like my dish, the pickles were a great additive to the sandwich because it counterbalanced the pronounced cheese flavor.  I was literally in heaven.

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So as we let our sandwiches digest, we walked to the port and took a looksie at the Brooklyn Bridge and the sites.  It made me wonder why I don’t go down there more often!  The restaurants and bars are on point, and the buildings are cute and the tourists are minimal.

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Hey look, it’s us!  Awwww.  So after taking a little walk we decided to get back down to business and tackle that lobster roll at Red Hook Lobster Pound.  As we were waiting in line for the lobster roll, we looked over to the Ramen Burger place and asked how late they would be open because a Ramen Burger is one of the staples of the Smorgasburg experience.  They said they’d be open till 9, which was really hilarious because literally as soon as we got our lobster roll we looked over and the stand had closed for a 2 hour break.  Cool thanks!  So basically the lobster roll was our last dish.  Matt got the Connecticut Lobster Roll, which means it’s warm and smothered in butter.  This is different than the Maine Lobster Roll, which is more of a lobster salad with celery and served cold.  And I decided to get the clam chowder and potato salad and we would just share everything.

The lobster roll is certainly one of the best ones I’ve ever had.  The meat is extraordinarily tender; I don’t know if they don’t cook it as long as other places or what but it was so soft and moist.  And oh-so buttery!  Lemme show you.

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The entire meal was awesome, including the potato salad and clam chowder.  BTW, it’s really hard to find good potato salad in New York.  Anyways, by the time we were done I don’t think even Matt could have shoved down a Ramen Burger.  But just to let you know, a Ramen Burger is a succulent beef patty in between a “bun” made of two ramen noodle patties.  And it’s become incredibly famous.  I’ve seen it on the Food Network and Cooking Channel, and not to mention every other New York food blog ever.  I’ve only ever nibbled at it, because obviously I’m a good pescetarian, and to be honest it’s not like the flavor is anything to rave about; mostly people like it because it’s just so original and creative.  And it is pretty good of course.  But if you ask me they should throw some cheese or onions on that bad boy if you want to really impress me.

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I’ve never seen anything sexier than that photo right there ^.  And I already want to go back next weekend.

Unless you haven’t already gotten the gist of this blog post, GO THERE IMMEDIATELY.  You won’t be disappointed!

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  1. Pamela Fulgham-Frye says:

    Love this post! Take us there next time we are in NYC! I want that grilled cheese! BTW I am so enjoying your blog!

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