This past weekend, the borough’s most popular food market premiered an offshoot of its new Smorg To Go alternative at the LeFrak Center in Lakeside, the park’s covered ice skating rink.
The new pop-up market will run from 11:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of September.
On the menu are Instagrammable dishes from a rotating roster of vendors. The opening lineup at Smorg To Go Prospect Park included Destination Dumplings, Carlito’s BBQ Taqueria, Excell’s Kingston Eatery and C Bao.
While Smorgasburg’s signature large outdoor markets remain on pause until it is safe to reopen, the operation has transitioned to a slimmed down, takeout-only format, which launched on the corner of North 6th Street and Kent Avenue over the summer.
Smorg To Go Williamsburg continues into the fall, open every Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
All ordering takes place online, with a pickup point for each market location specified by Smorgasburg. Customers receive a text when their orders are ready, signaling them to approach the pickup area. Face coverings and adherence to social distancing guidelines is required.
Those opting for delivery can find “Smorg Delivered” vendors on Seamless.
“Our markets have always been about sharing, bringing people together, and connecting in a free and open public space,” reads a statement from Smorgasbug. “We are confident that this strong spirit will persevere, and we hope this attempt will provide a little slice of that when we all need it, badly.”
Smorgasburg has also partnered with Rethink Certified, a nonprofit working to tackle growing issues of food insecurity by creating a sustainable and equitable food system.
Smorg To Go plans to contribute to this mission by funding its vendors to prepare meals for impacted local communities on each day they participate in the food market.
Find out more about this initiative on Givebutter.