On April 25, the Hester Street Fair—an outdoor Lower East Side bazaar busting with food and shopping vendors—makes its seasonal comeback. Running through October 31, the extravaganza will run on Saturdays only from 11am to 6pm at the corner of Hester and Essex Streets. This year, it will see the debut of many offerings. We got the details on the most notable newbies:
- Baladi: Egyptian-style artisanal baked baladi breads fired in an open brick oven. The shop is based in New Jersey and also offers hawawshi and baladi bread chips.
- Field & Clover: Score Southern-inspired hand-made buttermilk biscuits with pull-apart flaky layers lined with regional ingredients like goat cheese sourced from Vermont and bacon from upstate New York. If you can't make the fair, find them at Smorgasburg as well.
- Kaya NYC: The Taiwanese street-food menu here includes steamed-bun baos (red-curry chicken, Peking duck, pork belly), vegetable spring rolls, hot and sour soup, and spicy popcorn chicken.
- Mom & Popsicles: Run (quite adorably) by a Brooklyn mom and her son, this all-natural ice-pop shop doles out creative flavors like vanilla-chrysanthemum, cherry-rose, honeydew-lemongrass, chili-chocolate, and plum-chai.
- Tasty Theater: Take home the Malaysian iteration of gelée, known as "agar-agar." Served chilled, the bite-size Jell-O–like cubes include lychee, piña-colada, honey green tea, Irish-cream coffee and mango mojito.