Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Street Eats: Hester Street Fair

The Hester Street Fair just opened this past weekend. J and I went on the day of opening which was probably a mistake since there were a lot of people and the weather was literally hot. I was quite excited knowing that the fair will have food and was also curious as to what kind of vendors will be there.

The entrance was quite tight as were the walkways within the fair. Surprisingly small for a fair because within minutes you were just stuck in place and can't move a muscle. There were endless vendors, maybe over 30? Anything from food to clothes, and there was a live band playing for your muse.

First stop, Mighty Balls. No idea what the hype was about but the line was reaching all the way out the gate. Where there is a line, there is good food. Basically, you choose your meat (beef/pork/veggie), then on goes the sauce, and then either slider, hero, or just the balls.

I had just the pork balls with "not just your average brown sauce" along with cheese (extra $1). It was mediocre, maybe it was because they had to cook this quick or just reheat it but it was just average. The sauce on the other hand was quite nice, I would have liked it better if my mozzarella cheese had melted.

J opted for a slider with beef meatball along with the saucey Jamaican and onion sauce, plus he thew on blue cheese. I liked the slider a lot more and the onions gave the entire slider a bit of texture. The sauce was on the spicy side, just to let ya'll know.

J wasn't really happy with his little slider so he scrounged around to find more food. There were tacos, crepes, lobster rolls, but we wanted to try the Beef Po'Boy at Cheeky Sandwiches. I'm so glad we got this because it was so good. The bread was lightly toasted with marinated beef, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. This was worth the $5 plus there was no line (I wonder why).

So, before we left we remember to stop by this vendor.

The Shaved Ice Shop. Again, $5 for all that. You can choose up to 3 toppings and have your choice of ice cream, topped off with sweetened condensed milk and you're in heaven. It was perfect for the day since it was getting quite hot.

The fair will be there until summer is over so don't worry about it not being there. It also opens from 10am-6pm so you can grab breakfast, lunch, brunch, and early dinner!

Hester Street Fair
Hester St & Essex St
New York, NY 10002


  1. ooooo that's the best shave Ice I ever seem!!! * drooling* the older I get the more I realize I have a sweet tooth!

    xoxo hitomineko xoxo

  2. Yum, looks like a fun time! I must have picked an off weekend last summer because when I went it was pretty sparse. This looks great though :)