Summer scenes 2012: Hot spots in NYC to check out

Discover three summer scenes in New York and get the scoop on what’s happening from people we found at these hot spots.

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Hester Nights

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Hester Nights

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  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Hoi Ng, 28; NoMad Hotel room-service order taker; Midwood, Brooklyn
    “This is my third time [coming to Hester Nights]. I love the food and the vibe. It’s a nice day, so it’s great for outdoor dining. The lemonade was really tasty; last time I had empanadas, which were great. I’m coming from school and going to work now, so it’s very convenient for me to stop here.”

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Jane Hong, 31; Hester Street Fair vice president, East Village
    “[Compared with Hester Street Fair], the night market is more of a twenty- to thirtysomething crowd, with alcohol. This is more of a free-for-all gathering space: We’ve had birthdays celebrated here; it’s just really laid-back.”

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Shikha Jain, 27,  and Shiv Puri, 32, from left; owners of Bombay Sandwich Co.; Lower East Side
    Shiv: “The crowd is a pretty even mix of people who come to the [Eventi] bar, people on their way to Penn Station or [those] who are going home from work. There’s definitely a lot of big groups of people who stop by. Hester attracts pretty diverse crowds.”

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Hester Nights

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Hester Nights

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Hester Nights

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Hester Nights

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Hester Nights

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Hester Nights

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Hester Nights

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Hester Nights

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Hester Nights

Click forward through the slide show to see who we found


This offshoot of the ever-expanding Hester Street Fair (recent spin-offs include a brick-and-mortar shop, the Hester, and an L.A. market) is a boon for nine-to-fivers eager to start the weekend early. The Eventi Hotel’s 12,000-square-foot, tree-studded, open-air plaza, lit with strands of twinkling lights, hosts food vendors every Thursday evening. Midtown workers chow down on grub like lobster rolls ($6) from Luke’s Lobster and fresh lemonade ($5) by Lizzmonade. For stronger refreshments, head inside the hotel to the Tiki Bar in the Brighton food court, which slings cocktails ($12) and beer ranging from Friday-morning-meeting-friendly Bud Light ($6) to duvet-day-inducing Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro ($7). Groups can assemble around metal tables, while pairs can easily find a space on the wooden or granite benches. Keep an eye out for monthly music performances: The band the Ugly Club played a set in early July. Finish your night by watching a free movie in the Eventi’s screening room at 9pm while munching on complimentary popcorn.—Natalie Gavilanes

851 Sixth Ave, entrances at 29th and 30th Sts (hesterstreetfair.com). Thu 5–10pm; free. Through Thursday October 25, 2012.

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