New Museum Partners with Hester Street Fair for New Locally Sourced Café

You don’t even have to buy a museum ticket to enjoy the New Museum’s new ground floor restaurant, the Hester Street Café, which is set to open October 2. A collaboration with Lower East Side Saturday street market the Hester Street Fair, the new eatery will build on the fair’s partnerships to bring in goods from local food vendors like Juisi fresh-pressed juices, Melt ice cream sandwiches, P&H Soda, McNulty’s Teas, Pain D’Avignon breads, Saxelby Cheesemongers, Heritage Meat Shop, and dessert by Baking Soda Shop — and that’s just the current menu. The options will shift seasonally, but Intelligentsia Coffee and Café Grumpy baked goods will remain regular staples.

Highlights from the current menu, created by East Village food connoisseurs Duck’s Eatery, include a kale salad with Roasted cauliflower, Hazelnut, Cave-aged sheep cheese, and Pecorino for $9 and an aged ham, smoked ricotta, and Quince preserve sandwich on a baguette for $12. The collaboration between the two organizations came about after they worked together on the Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival.

“It is within the DNA of the New Museum to incubate new art and new ideas—this partnership with Hester Street Fair allows us to extend our reach further to support the small business community and the emergent talent within. It is paramount as an anchor to the downtown creative community that the Museum champions our city’s innovators,”  Karen Wong, Deputy Director and Director of External Affairs said in a press release.

The Hester Street Café at the New Museum will be open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

—Ashton Cooper

(Photo: Courtesy New Museum)