The team from Melt Bakery was back with some exciting ice cream and cookie pairings. From left to right: Belle — peach ice cream with brown butter shortbread cookies; Lovelett — red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese ice cream; and the Classic — vanilla ice cream with chocolate chip walnut cookies.
The Hester Street Fair
The fair is back in all of its delicious glory! Every Saturday from 10-6, Hester Street and Essex will be teeming with local vendors, including some of your favorite New York food purveyors.
Wonder City Coffee and Donut Bar
Fresh coffee to go with their excellent doughnuts.
Sigmund Pretzel Shop
East Village favorite and Hester Street regular Sigmund’s Pretzels is back with their giant soft pretzels and dips.
First Prize Pies
Allison Kave of First Prize Pies was selling both large and mini versions of her famous pies. Her S’mores Pie is looking pretty darn scrumptious.
Simon Tung of Macaron Parlour shows off a tray of his bubble gum-flavored French macarons. He had a whopping 16 flavors available in a glorious rainbow.
Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale and Bao by Bruce Cost
Bruce himself was there with his fresh ginger ginger ale and BBQ Berkshire pork buns, as well as whole wheat edamame steamed buns.
These beautiful marinated agri-dolce peppers were from Italian artisanal food purveyors Dolce Nonna. They were selling jars of these peppers as well as pickled eggplant and pickled string beans.
Girl Next Door Baked Goods
Baconphiles will surely be pleased with this recent experiment form Lisa Hill-Ries, also known as the Girl Next Door. Other notable edibles were her bourbon-soaked-cherry brownies, as well as a shortbread raspberry bar cookie dubbed “Husband Bait”.
Veggie balls never looked so mighty. Beef and pork balls abounded as well, but we were impressed by the looks of this veggie ball with cranberry-horseradish sauce and feta cheese.
All sold out when we got to them, but props for the sign! Their risotto balls were clearly a hot ticket.
Brooklyn Taco Company
The Guaco Taco gets its finishing touches. Bring on the guac!
Selling their tea blends steeped and ready for sipping or in bags to take home, Signature Blends boasts custom blends such as this Rooibos Chai (left) and Hibiscus Berry (right).
La Crêpe C'est Si Bon
A butter sugar lemon crepe was one of the several traditional crepe offerings from La Crêpe C'est Si Bon.
Cheeky is here serving their New Orleans-style sandwiches, even offering a breakfast sandwich with eggs, cheese, and buttermilk biscuits for any Brooklynites passing through on their morning commute.
The Shaved Ice Shop (formerly Bao Bing)
The assembly of a Taiwanese shaved ice is a pretty epic thing. Once the ice is freshly shaved, is gets dressed with an assortment of handmade toppings, ice cream, and a healthy drizzle of sweet condensed milk.
That right there is none other than habanero caramel topping, which Herbin’ Spoonful founder Mackenzie Smith swears is great on fried chicken. She was also sampling lavender and chai flavors of caramel topping, which were equally fun although without the spicy kick.
Pulled pork sliders with chipotle mayonnaise were on the menu along with a variety of their signature empanadas.
Pupcakes! They also had an assortment of regular doggie biscuits, but these pup-friendly cupcakes definitely won out on the cuteness factor.
Lucky Penny Bake Shop
There was no shortage of cookies here. These little shortbread cookies came in parmesan, mixed nut, or salt and pepper.
Serving up homemade granolas, this tasty looking sample is of the chocolate-pecan variety.
Hester Street Fair veteran La Newyorkina was serving up their signature paletas, or Mexican ice pops. They encourage sprinkling their fresh coconut paleta with chili salt for a totally new kind of sweet-salty combination.