The man must know his fried chicken, because darn good it was. Despite the huge rip in the seam of my jeans making one of my legs thoroughly and briskly cooled in the breeze, the rest of me was sweating my ass off–because I’d somehow missed the memo that it was warm outside–and showed up to a crowd of sundresses and cut-off jeans wearing fur-lined moccasins and my trusty Vespa sweater; 100% polyester and frickin’ toasty as all hell. I must have been delusional from the heat, because that was as compelling an argument as I needed to hear. After a moment of laughing my ass off at something that, in hindsight, may have only been marginally funny, I headed on over to Martha’s Chinese Fried Chicken stand to see what this was all about.
Fort Green hot-spot Martha has decided to send some troops over to Smorgasburg this summer in the East River Park, where crowds were soaring and prices were as high as ever, but alas, the food is good and my friends were hanging out over at Bamboo Bites, where our friend Daniel is running the show (side note: they’re back for year two, and their food is better than ever. Look for the green tent closer to the water, you won’t be disappointed!).
Anywho, they haven’t sent their full menu, just a couple of their more popular treats; the Chinese General Tso-glazed, buttermilk deep-fried chicken (need I say more?), and their infamous brussel sprouts salad, with fish sauce, peanuts and jalapeño (photo below from their website). At $12, the chicken was a little steep, but the quality was very high, the portion large, and the taste as good as anything else at the Smorg. Verdict? I loved it. I’ll have to stop in at their Fort Greene location sometime soon, to see what the rest of their menu is all about. Don’t be fooled by their offerings at Smorgasburg, the restaurant claims it’s cuisines as New American, and their chef, Andres Valbuena is via Caracas, having stopped off around the globe, all in an effort to bring you that truly global cuisine that we all love so much.
So what else is new at Smorgasburg?
Joining heavy-hitters from previous years are a few new places to try. Personally, I love the adventurous cuisines that you can find over at Smorgasburg. It’s a great place to take out-of-towners and an even better place to fight off a crushing hangover.
I’m most excited to try Txorizeria, which is serving up Uruguayan sandwiches (although Tabarè will always have my heart). Everything they make is straight from their own kitchen, so it’s bound to be delicious.
And, perhaps I am most, most-most excited to try Ca’Pisci, hailing straight from my beautiful and glorious homeland! It ‘caught’ my eye (a little seafood pun for you), but I’d already envisioned that first bite of salty, crispy crunch from that fried chicken, there was no turning back. Alessio Follone, now setting up shop in DUMBO, is serving up unapoligetically Sicilian foods that are deep in flavor. Think capers and olives, rich tomatoes and delectable seafood spiedini (image below from their website).