Foodie Ballin’ on a Budget at the BK Flea
I used to live right around the corner from Brooklyn Flea‘s Saturday location (at the corner of Vanderbilt St. & Lafayette St.), and let me tell you – it is a marvel that I am still svelte. In fact, it is a marvel that any of the vendors there manage to stay a reasonable weight. That place is a culinary goldmine. I am not lying – shit is bananas.
The flea itself is basically an open air market, and to that effect, has a “food court” in this style: vendors from all over this fine city hawk their delicious eats from stalls at starved shoppers. But these aren’t the brethren of midtown’s dirty water dog slingers; these are purveyors of high quality, usually slow food-rooted tasty eats. Some of ’em even come from restaurants.
Sara Jenkins, of her Manhattan restaurant Porchetta, is usually there selling juicy-as-all-hell roast pork sandwiches ($5!). People’s Pops, which I have raved about before, sell their delicious frozen treats from a stand. There are also dumplings from Red Hook’s Good Fork, which is great given that the actual restaurant is in the middle of nowhere. You can get a personal pizza from the roving brick oven-toting Pizza Moto. I always go right to Asia Dog – they have a huge number of possible combinations of delicious sausages and creative toppings. My favorite’s the chicken dog ($4!) smothered in kimchi.
Brooklyn Flea is open every weekend in Ft. Greene. Don’t worry – the G train is pretty slow-moving and is conducive to the inevitable waddle you will develop on the way home.
176 Lafayette Ave (btw. Clermont + Vanderbilt Ave.) [Brooklyn]
1 Hanson Pl. (at Flatbush Ave.) [Brooklyn]
FREE entry, pay-as-you-go for food