This is almost the last part of our road trip in the US. We spent about 3 full days in NYC. Its way too short for all the things you can do there. We could have been there for a week or more. Every borough is full of surprises. We only had time for Manhatten and Brooklyn. This post is of course of all the things we did in Brooklyn! Where to eat, where to shop and what to do!
We stayed in Brooklyn because staying in Manhattan is really expensive. At least in a good hotel. We stayed at the Sheraton Brooklyn (Brooklyn Heights). The location is fantastic! Only about 20mins away from the Brooklyn bridge, 5mins away from the subway and only 2mins walk away from an “outlet” style shopping street. Like nordstrom rack, gap outlet, TJ Maxx, etc. The rooms were pretty small but oh well its New York. Another highlight of the hotel is the Starbucks coffee machine in the room. We were pretty much satisfied with our stay.
Planning for New York was not easy because we were there during summer and there were so many free events and just things to do during the summer in New York. Well there is also the price factor. It does not matter if you plan to stay in a hotel or a room with AirBnB the fact is NYC is a really expensive place to sleep in. BUT apart from that I do not think that it is particularly expensive. In terms of food, train tickets and “attractions” (there are many free things you could definitely do!), everything is pretty affordable.
Lets start with Brooklyn. Its a huge borough with many hipster areas and good food. One of the first things we did was to take a sunset stroll across the Brooklyn bridge. Walking across the bridge was simply breath taking. I would suggest taking a walk during sunset like we did. The view is amazing! We were there during summer and any time between 12noon and 4pm is simply too hot. There are bicycles for rent if you are not into walking.
There were some mysterious numbers in the sky while we were crossing the bridge. We still do not know what they mean. Maybe one of you can enlighten us?!
We were also in Williamsburg, twice. The first time we stumbled into a fair organised by some italian church community. I could be totally wrong, about the reason for the fair but the food was good! There really isn’t much need to go to any restaurants if you can find street food this good. If only I can find italian sausage here in Germany! The meat was soft, smoky and slightly spicy. We had this on a hot summer evening and we felt an immense sense of food satisfaction after stuffing our faces with the sandwich. We also had some of other stuff like Calzone with a big buffalo mozzarella and a slice of wild boar and cannoli at the fair. We were either lucky to pick the stalls that had really good dishes, or everything tasted pretty good as it is. I know it is really silly to mention this as we did not take note of any names as to where we tried the Calzone. Sorry about that. Our fingers were too sticky and oily to take any proper pictures. Unfortunately I am not too sure where exactly this fair was because the Husband led the way and we simply stumbled into this fair.
We went back to Williamsburg again in the day time. Guess what?! We stumbled into a food fair AGAIN! First we were in a train on our way to Williamsburg and of all places in the world there were two guys speaking in a very familiar accent (ahem Singaporean english accent). The world is too small. Anyways they were discussing about food and talking about looking forward to trying some stuff. So we kinda followed them after alighting the subway. Well its more like following the stream of crowd. Guess what? We stumble unto Smorgasburg. It is a Flea Food Market. This is open till November 23rd. If you are planning to visit new york. We highly recommend it!!
Again we were not mentally prepared for this and had some food in Chelsea Market (post coming soon) before. So we ate before coming to this food market! Imagine how devastated we were when we came here with our half full belly. Dammit we could have eaten more and of course we had to try something!
Before heading over make sure to dress for the event. 1. Loose clothes, 2 sun glasses, 3. cash ( there is an atm so no worries as well) 4. be prepared to wait and nom like nobodies business! We loved it there. Smorgasburg is the food essence of New York. There is a mix mash of cuisines from all over the world. All the stalls sold amazing food of great quality.
We only had creole chicken and lobster roll and some sparkling juice. Mofongo (their Facebook site) was something new to us. We have not seen or heard of it before. It is a Puerto Rican dish made with mashed plantains and garlic served with pork crackling. It has chicken on top of the tomato sauce and mashed plantains. The texture and flavour is amazing when you have a bite of everything. The chicken was extremely soft which complements the chunky mashed plantains.
We tried Lobster roll next. It makes me really sad that we can’t get this here. This tuscan style lobster roll is worth every single cent. The portion is huge. Just look at how the meat seem to be overflowing. The warm soft buttered sweet bread together with the light and refreshing dressing. Drools. The right amount of vinegar without over powering the fresh sweetness of the lobster. This has gotten into my top 10 most amazing dish that I have tasted. The Husband second that for sure. If you missed this flea food market. You can find the food truck from their website.
After exploding with food the Husband retreated to the hotel while I stayed on in Williamsburg to empty my wallet. Apart from the weekly flea market in Williamsburg, there are also many nice boutiques, second hand shops and of course cafes and restaurants. Not gonna talk about food now. If you are not interested in “mainstream” shops like H&M and Zara, these shops sell both very trendy “alternative” and vintage piece. The prices are pretty reasonable. From flea market/ second hand range to pretty expensive locally designed shops. There is something for everyone.
If you are not into shopping. Taking a stroll in Williamsburg and people watching is also not such a bad idea.