A couple weeks after the Brooklyn Flea announced its plans for spring/summer, its Manhattan counterpart, the Hester Street Fair, has revealed its lineup for its fifth season, starting April 26.
There’s a lot to digest here — literally! — so let’s look at the food newbs first: debuting this season are Hudson & Charles (a conscientious West Village butcher shop selling porchetta sandwiches, pork brats, Cubanos, and chili), Zha (the Asian fried riceball spot that popped up at Zucker Bakery on Saturdays, which will offer specials like Korean chicken and waffles), Ssam BBQ (your choice of Korean-style beef, pork, or chicken wrapped in lettuce), An Artistic Taste (a catering chef who’s cooked at The Plaza and Four Seasons does dishes like lobster and truffle mac). And back this season are East Village sandwich-board genius Luke’s Lobster, Essex Street Market stand Brooklyn Taco, Chicago-style hot dog vendor Snap, Asian-Latin sandwich maker Deviant Chef, Mexican popsicle standby La Newyorkina, Vendy winner Khao Man Gai NY, East Village favorite Macaron Parlour, Lower East Side ice-cream sandwicherie Melt Bakery, and Baking Soda Shop, a purveyor of cookies at Hester’s New Museum cafe.
On the shopping side of things, there’s ’80s and ’90s vintage boutique Le Petit Mort, Orchard Street “jewelry bar” Delicate Raymond, food-inspired clothier Pyknic (their “Death Before Decaf” gear is pretty rad) and a couple of boutiques on wheels: Nomad and Coast to Coast Vintage.
You’ll find all this and more at the corner of Hester and Essex Streets every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fair is open through October 26 this year.