The deep fried risotto balls made their debut at the Hester Street Fair a few years ago. A permanent shop relocated from Bushwick. The stall is located right next to Puebla Mexican Food, which made the move to the Essex Street Market last fall. The rice balls are available with a variety of fillings, including ragu, mushroom taleggio and basil pesto (among other rotating options). The new menu also includes salads and vegetable sides.
Several market vendors closed down last year, saying that foot traffic had fallen off significantly. Those stalls are slowly filling up. Today, the owners of Orchard Street’s Top Hops told us they’re still planning on opening a takeaway local beer shop. They’re aiming for an opening next month, once a liquor permit comes through.