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Here's a Map of Former Food Stands That Now Have Brick-and-Mortar Locations

Massive crowds and limited seating are the hallmarks of a weekend at Smorgasburg
Massive crowds and limited seating are the hallmarks of a weekend at Smorgasburg
Billy Lyons

Each weekend, tourists and locals descend on the makeshift aisles of a New York City's multiple outdoor food fests, stuffing their faces with bulgogi beef tacos, dosas, and chicken biscuits, sometimes all in one sitting.

These markets -- often overrun with crowds -- provide a good launch pad for concepts exploring viability before they sign a lease. Several seasons in, many of the pop-ups from Smorgasburg, the defunct Dekalb Market, the Hester Street Fair, and other gatherings have, indeed, made that jump. Here's a map of NYC's successful pop-up-to-permanent-location restaurants. You might use it as a handy guide to getting the Smorgasburg experience while avoiding the long lines.

Why wait in line when you can sit and enjoy air conditioning at Mighty Quinn's East Village?
Why wait in line when you can sit and enjoy air conditioning at Mighty Quinn's East Village?

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