- New York
- Anna Hall
Smorgasburg, the enormous Brooklyn pop-up food market with over a hundred different vendors, is no doubt every foodie’s fantasy. With insane choices like ramen burgers, surf and turf burgers, and parmesan truffle fries on site, you could end up eating yourself into oblivion. Luckily, Smorgasburg actually has some pretty great healthy options. Whether you have special dietary restrictions or you just want to eat some lighter fare, there is plenty of food to explore guilt-free,
The market moves indoors during the winter. Find these amazing healthy options at Fort Greene’s Skylight One Hanson during the colder months and at Williamsburg’s East River Park during the spring and summer.
Momo Dressing – salad hand rolls
Momo Dressing serves hand rolls with spicy salmon or tofu steak, stuffed with lettuce, avocado, cucumber, carrot, and asparagus. These rolls are delicious and a great low-carb and veggie packed option. You can also grab a hot ginger apple cider tea to pair with them.
The Brooklyn-based company serves up delicious kimchi dishes including pancakes and fried rice, all of which include the amazing probiotic health benefits of this Korean dish. The kimchi at Kimchi Kooks is completely handmade, raw, preservative-free and dairy-free. Dishes rotate seasonally to reflect the concept of Korean comfort food.
If you’ve jumped on board the paleo wagon, Carnal should be your first stop at Smorgasburg. The line is always long but worth the wait for their pork shoulder or beef short rib with bone marrow, slow cooked over charcoal and served with seasonal relish.
Coastal Craft Kombucha
Quench your thirst between meals with a healthy kombucha tea. Along with kimchi, kombucha is a fantastic probiotic with myriad benefits. Long Island’s only kombucha brewery, Coastal Craft Kombucha offers organic, raw kombucha in flavors like ginger and lemon earl grey.
BEP Eatery is a Williamsburg-based Vietnamese kitchen that serves up gluten-free pho rolls at Smorgasburg. There are chicken, beef, and tofu options and the rolls are packed with bean sprouts, fresh herbs, and rice noodles. A creative take on the traditional Vietnamese dish, the rolls pack all of the delicious pho taste but with less carbs.
Chickpea & Olive
Chickpea & Olive serves 100% plant based, vegan fare and are most notable for their “Phatty Beet Burgers” topped with vegan cheese. They offer other interesting healthy options like avocado toast, pulled BBQ jackfruit sandwiches, and blood orange hibiscus tea. Gluten-free options available.
Brooklyn Soda Works
Grab a palette cleanser from the Brooklyn Soda Works, a vendor that crafts healthy sodas made from regionally grown fruit and herbs. While they are not sugar-free, these sodas are completely free from preservatives, syrups, and concentrates and come in unique flavors such as red currant & shiso, plum & basil, and watermelon & tarragon.
Head over to Vaquero to get your fruit and veg fix, where they offer up corn or mango on a stick sprinkled with chili and lime. An easy way to get one of your five a day.