The newest extension of the Brooklyn Flea just opened this crisp fall. Situated in the up and coming Dumbo area between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridge– Gorgeous Views and some different eats than Smorgasburg Williamsburg.
So of course, anywhere new and yummy means that it’s…
JENNI + SUSHI ‘ VENTURE TIME!
We started with Mimi and Coco : Japanese Street Food, New York Style ‘Teriyaki Balls’. The fact that these savory doughy balls have been Americanized and re-named from their proper Japanese title ‘Takoyaki’ should have been a warning sign.I suppose since this is the New York interpretation of an old Japanese stand food we should judge it as such.
The little metal pockets are filled with a savory batter and stuffed with one of 3 different fillings: Shrimp, Potato, and Sausage. Then the little balls are flipped with two tiny metal sticks within their metal nests to finish cooking the ball shaped snack. Teriyaki sauce, of course, is on-top along with a little almond flakes, ‘tempura flakes’ [I'm quite certain they're corn flakes...] and a bit of mayo + hot sauce. The flavor is totally dependent on the external sauces, the shrimp had bounce but was definitely of the frozen variety. Personally, I thought the potato added more texture to the snack. The country sausage was also fairly tasty.
Takumi Taco is a Mexican/Japanese fusion portable foods. The have a great Lychee Green Tea, there’s even a single Lychee fruit at the bottom! [a little pricey at $4 though] The Spicy Tuna taco: tuna, jicama, avocado, cucumber, spicy mayo, crispy gyoza shell. Great flavors each order is mixed fresh in small batches. The dumpling shell is light and crunchy, a little too light to contain the very generous tuna portions. It even comes with seasoned and broken taco shells as a little extra.
With its’ out of the way location and selective opening hours Dough can be a little difficult for the average Manhattanite to get to on a weekday. But on the day of rest, our tastebuds can frolic the hell off these sweet Dulce de Leche and Lemon Ginger glazes.
Now, we’re coming up on a true highlight of the Dumbo location over Williamsburg. The extra room and space and great grassy waterfront scenery is only enhanced by this:
In this section I like to dub Cuties Serving Foodies. Of all the stands and all the stalls Sushi and I stumbled into this one… Bite Size Kitchen had 1x Adam and 1x Cute Smile-Salesman serving Momofuku-esque pork / duck with Asian spices in between a Man-tou bun [white bun that is traditionally used with Peking duck].
Bite Size Kitchen, had hugs for sale at $0.50 a pop. Being the fun single girls in the city we were, we weren’t paying for our hugs and in fact asked for our buns to be discounted if we gave them hugs. In the end it was settled that everyone got hugs for free; just as the good <holy entity> intended.
Oh yeah, the duck was tender and delicious, slightly sweet and smokey flavor complimented by the cilantro and nestled lovingly between the lips of sweet white buns.
I have a feeling I’ll regret letting this out there, but Smorgasburg Dumbo is where its at. It’s less crowded, the tourists haven’t found it yet [there were definteily quite a bunch of international travelers at the Williamsburg Flea Market], the food is tasty and less wait time to get to and finally, the eye-candy here is DE-licious. And if food, boys, and waterfront scenery doesn’t do it for you there’s always regressing to happy childhood joys like a $2 carousel ride.
Till next time!
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