Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

A couple enjoy some very small donut holes with caramel sauce ($2) from Wonder City.

As Rebecca Marx promised, the Hester Street Fair has returned this year with a much greater emphasis on food. When Fork in the Road dropped by this past Saturday (the fair's second week), there were indeed about 20 stalls that concentrated on edibles.

Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

Entering the pearly gates

And, as the article warned, the food selection had been micromanaged to fit somebody's conception of a hip and salable mix of gastronomic attractions. There were, somewhat predictably, donut holes, French macarons, pickles from the barrel, empanadas, shaved ices, meatball sliders, lobster rolls, pulled pork sandwiches (at two booths), whole pies (but no slices), Rescue Chocolates to benefit animal shelters, ice cream, and tacos with nontraditional fillings, among others.

The food was expensive. More expensive than if you'd bought it in restaurants, in many cases. Why, with a lower overhead, should stuff be priced higher, one wonders.

Some suggestions for street-fair food that hasn't been overexposed.

Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

Kings County Jerky offered several flavors ...

Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

... including this kimchi jerky, studded wtih sesame seeds.

 

Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

Neighborhood fave An Choi had a table.

It was hard to know how to put a meal together. The longest line was in front of Brooklyn Taco Company, which offered brisket, guacamole, or "lightly chipotled chicken," for $3 to $4 per taco. We went for the pulled pork sandwich ($6) -- which was barely more than slider-size -- from Daisy Duke's BBQ, Staten Island. The sandwich was pretty good, the pork nicely charred and mildly smoky but a bit dry, the bun fresh. The barbecue sauce was not overly sweet, probably because of the coffee grounds in it, which also created an annoying gritty texture.

Somehow, the mix of foods offered don't seem quite right. There were too many sweet things and too few vegetables, to name just two things, and the crowd didn't seem to be overwhelmingly in favor of the selection, either.

Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

Empanada ($3.50) and pulled pork slider ($3) from La Sonrisa

Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

Brooklyn Taco Company had the longest line.

Next: More pictures ...

 

Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

Daisy Duke's pulled pork sandwich, from Staten Island

Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

A fairly solid bit of barbecuing, though the coffee grounds in the barbecue sauce proved annoying.

Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

The hipster foodies were out in force on Saturday.

Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

In case you wondered: Yes, there were macarons (but no macaroons).

Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

This s'mores pie ($30) was not making itself seem very accessible.

Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

The sentiment seems rather trite at this point.

Hester Street Fair: The Fare Ain't All That Interesting

The fair had its share of cute babies in strollers.


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