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  • Photograph: Noah Devereaux

    Kay Trinidad of Wonder City Coffee and Donut Bar brews a cup of pour over...

  • Hester Street Fair

  • Hester Street Fair

  • Photograph: Simon Biswas

    Hester Street Fair

  • Photograph: Simon Biswas

    Hester Street Fair

  • Photograph: Simon Biswas

    Hester Street Fair

  • Photograph: Simon Biswas

    Hester Street Fair

  • Photograph: Simon Biswas

    Hester Street Fair

  • Photograph: Simon Biswas

    Hester Street Fair

  • Photograph: Noah Devereaux

    Hester Street Fair

  • Photograph: Noah Devereaux

    Kerri Brewer of Mighty Balls shows off a pork meatball slider with parmesan and...

  • Photograph: Noah Devereaux

    Tiffany Dorman shows off the donut holes with caramel sauce at the Wonder City...

Photograph: Noah Devereaux

Kay Trinidad of Wonder City Coffee and Donut Bar brews a cup of pour over...

Hester Street Fair


Hester St at Essex St (hesterstreetfair.com). Sat 10am--6pm. Through October.

Best time to go:
If it's street eats you want, "it's best to come before 1pm," says SuChin Pak, cofounder of the small but well-edited Lower East Side market. "[That's when] the food lines aren't as long, and you can actually talk to the wonderful folks who are making your meal."
How to bargain:
"All of our vendors will give volume discounts, so the more you buy, the bigger the savings," says Pak. One of her favorites is Estate Jewels by George & Raf: "Couture Valentino piece [go] for $2,000, [and] signature 1920s lockets [are] $45." Booths are also more inclined to offer deals as the day comes to a close.
The specialty:
"We are known for our food," says Pak, who handpicks Hester Street's vittles stands. Luke's Lobster, Shaved Ice Shop and FattyCakes have all made appearances in the past few weeks. She also notes that the market's intensive curation process means that only ace businesses snag a spot: "When we have an ice cream purveyor, it has to be the best ice cream we've tasted."
New vendors:
With 75 percent of the merchants alternating weekly, you're bound to come across someone you haven't seen before. Look out for the Poffertjes Man, which sells a traditional Danish pancakelike dessert, and Naughty & Nice, run by an artist who creates spooky paintings of adorable magical creatures.

Northside Market


135 Kent Ave at North 6th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (northside-market.com). Sat, Sun 10am--6pm. Through August.
Best time to go: As with the majority of fleas, mornings are often the quietest here. The seasonal pop-up's founder, Alex Sussman, also recommends coming early to seek out the best of the handmade wares.
How to bargain:
You won't find any vintage at this mart, but you can still find deals if you dig: Thumb through the $20 retro neighborhood art prints by design shop Two Arms, and mull over which one would look best over your couch while munching a $5 pork-belly slider by the duo behind Arirang Kimchi.
The specialty:
"New and handmade items and art—that's really what sets us apart," says Sussman. We're also digging the weekly live bands, DJs and art installations. Dan Berg & The Gestalt, DJ Kool-Aid and a team of graffiti artists have all appeared in recent weeks.
New vendors:
Among the neophytes are Mad Soap, offering vegan suds and lip balm; Carrier Pigeon, a just-launched art magazine selling prints by featured illustrators; and Julio MM, the chef from Mexican bistro Cantina Royal, who will bring his new 303 Spicy Salsas.

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