LES Bites: Free Macarons, St. Paddy’s Day Crawls, Big Love for Contra Desserts

Hester Street Fair Hatchlings Fly

In the current issue of our print magazine, we talked with Hester Street Fair food vendors who have gone on to success with permanent brick-and-mortar stores and restaurants. This summer, the weekly showcase of artisan food and crafts is set to launch even more new entrepreneurs, including chefs and bakers from an incubator kitchen in the Bronx who will be making their debuts at a special event during the July 20 fair. Click through to read the story.

Hester Street Alum Macaron Parlour Opening EV Store

Christina Ha and Simon Tung of Macaron Parlour have signed a lease for 1,200 square feet on St. Marks Place, where they plan to launch their first brick-and-mortar outpost this summer.

Last summer, riding a wave of Hester Street Fair success, Macaron Parlour’s Christina Ha and Simon Tung shared with us their dream of someday opening their own standalone store. Not quite a year later, they have reached their goal.

The couple has signed a lease for 1,200 square feet of retail space at 111 St. Marks Place, between Avenue A and First Avenue, according to The Real Deal.

Hester Street Fair Profile: Macaron Parlour

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Christina Ha and Simon Tung of Macaron Parlour. Photo by Robert Gim.

Heading towards the weekend, we have another profile today of a vendor at the Hester Street Fair. Meet Christina Ha and Simon Tung of Macaron Parlour — partners in more way than one.

These Lower East Side residents were only dating for a month or so, when they were chosen to take part in the very first weekend of the fair last spring.  More than a year later, both the business and their romance continue to blossom.

Good Morning!

Iced coffee on a hot, sunny afternoon: The new Cafe Grumpy is open at 13 Essex St.

Today’s weather will be very similar to yesterday’s, with lots of sun and highs in the low 80s.