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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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…