Sure you can make a pizza bagel by slicing one of the deli rolls in half, shmearing it with jarred pizza sauce, adding a generous sprinkling of supermarket shredded mozz, and popping it in the toaster oven. But the monster you get when you place an order for a pizza bagel from Utopia Bagels in Whitestone, Queens is worlds apart. This baby tips the scale at 20 pounds and feeds at least ten. It sells for $85 and comes two “pies” to an order — one fashioned from the top of the bagel, one from the bottom. (You also receive an order of garlic knots made from the “innards” of the bagel, which are scooped out, shaped into knots, doused with garlic and oil, and baked till crisp and golden). Utopia Bagels, 1909 Utopia Parkway, Queens, 718-352-2586.
Smorgasburg Is Back
Think of it as New York’s answer to the swallows returning to Capistrano.
On March 31, the first of three weekly seasonal outdoor food markets, known collectively as “Smorgasburg,” will open at the World Trade Center, followed by openings in Marsha P. Johnson State Park in Williamsburg and Prospect Park on Apr. 1 and Apr. 2 respectively. The market in Prospect Park will boast the largest-ever roster of vendors, with a total of 65 food trucks and tents.
Among the newcomers to the Brooklyn iterations are Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse (Prospect Park), Cocina Consuelo (both Brooklyn locations), and Jase’s BBQ (Prospect Park). A complete listing of participants can be found here.