I spent all of last week in New York City for work and for my final night in town I was planning to meet one of my childhood friends. In the days leading up to my trip we had been talking about where to go together and she suggested this new weekly festival called Hester Nights.
Hester Nights happens every Thursday from 4:00pm - 9:00pm at the Eventi Hotel which is at the corner of 30th Street and 6th Avenue. I actually wanted to stay at the Eventi during this trip, but it didn't work out.
We arrived at 6:30pm and there was a wooden sign pointing us toward the event.
We wound up deciding to start with something small. Our first purchase was the mushroom and cheese quiche from Yona's Gourmet Delights. We cut the quiche in half and since it was mini, we each got to have two bites. I have to say, it was delicious! I could have popped two or three more of these right into my mouth, no problem.
Bombay Sandwich Co. All the sandwiches they serve are vegetarian. My friend selected one that had kale, tofu, red cabbage, toasted walnuts, caramelized onions, garlic cloves, tumeric and curry. It also came with a side of pear and mint chutney. She said the sandwich was very unusual, but she did like all of the strong Indian flavors. She just wasn't used to having them in between two pieces of multi-grain bread! One final note on this vendor, their salesman is super handsome, sort of a Dev Patel meets Justin Timberlake.
Little Muenster. Yes people, I am talking about grilled cheese. As we walked towards their table my friend said, "Oooo, they use the good bread! It's at all of the farmer's markets." Well then!
The broccoli mac 'n cheese was awesome. It was made to order (as promised) and came piping hot. The pasta was rotini, which is perfect for soaking up the cheese sauce. The broccoli was clearly fresh, not frozen, and because the whole dish was cooked in a frying pan, it had a nice, brown crust to it. It was so good! I am drooling just thinking about it again. Thanks to the team at Good Eats at Home!
Kitty Lee Thomas Sweets, who was showcasing gourmet marshmallows!
Melt Bakery ice cream cart. Melt specializes in ice cream sandwiches. In fact, in their store they offer 47 flavors! The four flavors showcased at Hester all looked so wonderful that we asked the owner for his top choice. The guy was super sarcastic and kind of a jerk. Had I been there alone, I probably would have walked away after being on the receiving end of his snark, but my friend really wanted to try one. I was rooting for the red velvet, but she lobbied for the zen flavor. Since she discovered this gem of a festival, I let her go with the zen.
Thank you to my fabulous friend for discovering this diamond in the rough! This is precisely the kind of event I would pride myself on finding in Boston. Bravo, beauty!
What is your favorite outdoor event of the summer?