April 26, 2010
Hester Street Fair opened its gates Saturday reviving a tradition of Hester Street vendors dating back to the late 1800s. And while knishes and fresh fish have been replaced by Sigmund Pretzelshop and Luke’s Lobster roll, Brooklyn-based Mile End made sure there was still some bagels and lox. Staying true to it’s melting pot roots, everything from banh mi to BBQ made an appearance and NYC Food Guy covered it all in video form. Check it out then read ahead for some news and notes plus vitals on each food vendor…
News & Notes from the Food Vendors
- Tuan Bui, co-owner of An Choi, tells NYC Food Guy he will be debuting an off-menu Vietnamese meat pie exclusive to Hester Street Fair. It will feature a puff pastry filled with veal and pork. And if it’s anything like the pork basil meatball bahn mi, I suggest you try it. NYC Food Guy will keep you updated when it arrives.
- Mike Malbon, owner of badass Lower East Side barbershop Frank’s Chop Shop, hopes to open a brick and mortar shop serving his family’s Virginia Beach-based Malbon Bros. BBQ some time in early fall. We can expect tender, juicy and spicy pulled pork, ribs, fried chicken, and the Malbon’s famous sauces.
- As reported on Grub Street, Rhonda “Roni Sue” Kave shared a table with two lovely ladies: her daughter Alison Kave who was promoting her pie company First Prize Pies and her production manager Michelle Sarivole promoting her eponymous bakery Sarivole. First Prize featured mini and whole pies including an enticing S’Mores pie and Alison’s favorite the Bourbon Ginger Pecan. Michelle’s hoping her delicious Lemon Coconut cookie will help put her on the map.
- Luke Holden, owner of Luke’s Lobster, says the shrimp roll – not the lobster roll – at his popular East Village shop is his favorite, because it’s in season and it has great value.
- Food event planners Silkstone, represented by founder Ben Towill’s toogood traders will be opening a yet-unnamed Lower East Side-based restaurant in the coming months. Stay tuned for more info.
- Sigmund Pretzelshop will be celebrating National Pretzel Day tonight from 5-9pm by unveiling their “pretzel dog,” a Schaller & Weber frank in a pretzel bun served with an array of toppings.
- Greenbrownorange actually refers to three branches of the company centered around Hester Street’s own Brown Cafe. Green refers to catering while orange refers to a private dining operation. A constantly changing menu of freshly prepared items from Brown Cafe chef Alejandro Alcocer will greet visitors of the Hester Street Fair each weekend.
Hester Street Fair will be open every weekend through December from 10AM-6PM
85 Orchard St b/t Grand & Broome St, New York, NY 10002
Snow cones flavored with natural juices complements of Meatball Shop chef Daniel Holzman
93 East 7th Street b/t 1st Ave & Ave A, New York, NY 10009
1896 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Coming Soon to NYC
Brought to Hester Street Fair by Mike Malbon, owner of Frank’s Chop Shop
97A Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
120 Essex Street #11/12 Essex Street Market, New York, NY 10002
Sold at Hester Street Fair every weekend and Sundays at God Buns Market
29 Avenue B b/t 2nd & 3rd Street, New York, NY 10009
From the founders of food event planners Silkstone