Grub Street at Hester

Arancini Bros.

About a year ago I attended the first Grub Street Food Festival at the Hester Street Fair, and while it was awesome, the crowds were not — it was so popular, you could barely move. This year they solved that problem in a big way and expanded into the huge courtyard space next door — way more food vendors and way more people, but I’d say it was just right. Plus I got there early before the good stuff sold out. First taste… Arancini Bros. of course. I say that because I first discovered them at this event last year, when I had no idea where I could try more of their food. Since then they’ve opened a shop in Brooklyn which I need to try. These rice balls are fried food perfection for me, especially the mushroom and taleggio-stuffed one.

Purple Yam pork adobo ribs

Purple Yam pork adobo ribs

Next was the pork adobo ribs from Purple Yam. Last year the wait for their food was endless, and so I skipped it. This year I walked right up to get my fix. I really have to try their restaurant some time.

Pies 'n' Thighs

Pies 'n' Thighs

Pies ‘n’ Thighs was next. Yes, there was a bit of a wait, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as it seemed because they were deep-frying non-stop. If for some reason you’re not a big fan of hot sauce, then this clearly wouldn’t be your thing. For me, it was just right, although my face might have been covered in sauce by the time I was done.

mac & cheese at Grub Street Festival

Hmm, I’m not sure who was running the insanely popular mac & cheese stand at the back, but the wait was crazy. I skipped it, but then I spotted a friend of mine with this in her hands. That might just be the cheesiest mac & cheese I’ve ever seen. It’s almost like soup.

Snap avocado fries

I tweeted this, and I’ll say it again — the best thing I tasted by far had to be the “avocado fries” from Snap Food Truck. I don’t know much about them, but I’ll be keeping an eye out. With that bright green color to the avocado, I was afraid the “fries” might be a little firm, but the panko crust was crispy and the inside was meltingly soft. They were perfect with the dipping sauce too.

P&H Soda

P&H Soda and Yaya Tea Garden drinks

To wash it all down, of course I got a hibiscus-lime soda from P&H — I first tried them at last year’s event, coincidentally, and became an instant fan. Jen picked up the other drink from Yaya Tea Garden. I like fizz. She likes weird chunks of stuff in her drink.

French bulldog

3-month old bulldog

There were some great dogs at the event — that second one wouldn’t hold still because he was just 3 months old. So cute.


But this guy was the winner. Okay, so he wasn’t actually at the food festival. We spotted him on on the way home. What a face…

12 thoughts on “Grub Street at Hester

  1. ha, yes i like weird chunks of things in my drinks i guess, these jelly bits were pretty good. that and all the fried food made me very happy and i’m glad you captured the cute dogs we saw too, they made my day even better 🙂

  2. I have always wanted to do this… just sample everything at the market in an afternoon! I’m currently trying to eat healthy and even the “header” photo on your blog stopped me in my tracks and now I’m craving! Awesome photos!

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