Williamsburg Brooklyn Flea so I don't have to wander far for a good lunch. I had seen Bon Chovie before, but it wasn't until the Singing Chef, Jackie Gordon waxed poetic about it that I became convinced I need to try their anchovies. It was a good move.
I opted for the original, fried with their heads chopped off, simply because I don't know if you're supposed to eat the heads and I like to start off basic. I'll admit that my non-anchovy eating was a product of American food culture-they're typically scorned and I took this as they must taste awful. They're salty and have an umami fishy taste, but a fresh fish taste, not a "this has turned" fish taste. If you like fish sauce, you'll like anchovies. Bon Chovie fries up the fish fresh which only takes a few moments. And then you dig in. For $6, you get five decent sized little fishes, and it took me until the fourth one to get how to eat them down properly. I quite enjoyed my plate, even if it was a bit oily, and I could easily see how a person could eat these all day. The plate isn't enough to get you full, but if you're out grazing at the Sunday Flea (or Smorgasburg), you should definitely stop by to have some.
Bon Chovie began at the Saturday Smorgasburg and started serving at the Sunday Flea this past weekend. Both of the markets take place in the same parking lot in Williamsburg on the East River Waterfront between North 6th and North 7th Streets.
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