Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Underground Eats of The Brooklyn Flea, New York

Blood orange donut
"What did you eat in New York?" 
It's the first question I always get from my hungry food-loving friends. 
EVERYTHING is almost an understatement. 
If you're looking to get a local taste of artisan street food made with love and care, I suggest bringing your growling stomach to the underground level of The Brooklyn Flea on a Saturday or Sunday. We wrote last week about scouring this top flea market for vintage finds and we wanted to dedicate a separate post to all the damn delish food we found.
I have a slight addiction to donuts. It's the comfort food of my childhood. Gourmet donuts are a particular weak spot, especially the ones above that were chewy, airy and fresh from Dough. I think it was the BEST donut I have ever eaten. The homemade blood orange glaze was unique with a sweet citrus taste and a candied orange piece on top. The yeast donut was soft as a pillow, I could have slept on it. If you miss them at the Flea, visit their store in Brooklyn because they make the best donut in the world. 
Artisan pickles are all the rage right now and McClure's Pickles makes some of the finest dills. Grab a jar and a bag of their garlic dill pickle chips for a snack later - thick and crinkle cut!
The Porchetta sandwich I ate with my eyes before it made its way into my stomach. $6 buys you a roll of crispy, fatty melt-in-your-mouth pork goodness. The roast pork loin with skin on is seasoned with garlic, rosemary, sage , salt and wild fennel pollen. My favourite has to be the crispy bits of skin.

Oink oink!
I can never say no to a taco. Carnitas taco from Choncho's made with slow-cooked pork ($4)
A sampling of the menus from Choncho's Tacos and Asia Dog - click to enlarge
On our way into the flea, we stopped to say hello to SlantShack Jerky made with grass-fed beef from a farm in Vermont. You can even customize your own jerky flavour on their website! Jerky lovers: take note.
Need your caffeine fix first? Grab a coffee or some whole beans on the main level from Crop to Cup Coffee. Just past the entrance on your right-hand side. They source all their beans ethically from farmers in developing countries.
Lovely pastries at the coffee stand
I was craving, but did not have room for a Red Hook Lobster Roll. Will be saving this for next time, but look at their yummy menu!
Met the awesome guys behind the brisket. They work as cooks during the week at a Vietnamese restaurant in the city, but wanted to try their own pop-up shop on the weekend. So here they are with coolers full of warm brisket with a booth at the Brooklyn Flea. I gotta say, the peeps were loving it as they consistently had a long line-up.
The smoked beef brisket slider with a homemade pickle, red onions, sauce and a small curried potato salad on the side. I can vouch that it taste as good as it looks.
Smoked meat anyone?
The underground basement level of the Brooklyn Flea 'food court' - and I use this term loosely. Seating is limited seating, so just get comfortable with the old 'stand and snack'. We just wished we could have eaten more.
The Brooklyn Flea, New York Check www.brooklynflea.com for the latest location, dependant on the season. We hit it up at the winter location inside 1 Hanson Place. Runs Saturdays + Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM. The food vendors do change up every once in awhile, so I can't guarantee that the same ones will be there. DO bring cash!

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