NYC Weekend Eats: Latin Vendors at the Grub Street x Hester Street Food Festival

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The Hester Street Fair is a staple for every New Yorker, and has been providing the Lower East Side with a one-stop shop for everything from rare vintage knickknacks to food, lots of it. For the last four years, they’ve been teaming up with New York Magazine to present the Grub Street Food Festival on October 20, where you can walk around and stuff your face with special menus from featured local restaurants. We’re going to go out on a limb and assume lots of us will be hungover this Sunday(with Halloween parties creeping around the corner), so here are our picks of the best Latino spots to try out this weekend, because nothing soothes an alcohol-induced migraine than an oozing arepa. Buen provecho!

La Newyorkina

It’s only just starting to cool down here in NYC, but it’s okay to already start reminiscing about those hot, summer days. Look no further than La Newyorkina, probably our favorite stop for frozen Mexican paletas. The list of flavors is ever changing, unique, and always delicious- with past flavors including hibiscus, apricot, grapefruit, tamarind, cookies and many, many more.

Oaxaca Tacos

You’re going to want tacos. And these are really good tacos. Inspired by the city of Oaxaca, they serve traditional Mexican fare with only the best local ingredients and are now open in four locations in the city! Swing by to grab a pollo asado taco and support their self-proclaimed “revolucion de tacos!

Patacon Pisao

Patacon Pisao, NYC’s first Venezuelen Patacon spot, has gained a legion of followers since its first truck opened in Washington Heights in 2005, with good reason. These deliciously fried patacones will take any of your pains away, and you can get anything from chicken with black beans to avocado, carne and sweet plantains. My mouth is already watering.

Caracas Arepas Bar

I’m a Colombian girl, so arepas are pretty much a part of my DNA. Caracas is a favorite of ours here at Remezcla, with delicious varieties of the corn flour treat including Los Muchachos(grilled chorizo), pernil, Reina Pepiada(chicken and avocado salad), and my favorite La Mulata, with grilled white cheese, black beans, peppers and fried sweet plantains.


Jicama is not your normal Mexican restaurant. They pride themselves on using the freshest ingredients and changing their menus with the seasons, so you never know what awesome Mexican fusion your palette will encounter. Currently, their Fall menu includes Mango Jicama taco, flower spring roll, tropical tacos and more.

Brooklyn Taco Co.

Brooklyn Taco Company also likes to take modern spins on classic Mexican dishes. They serve up a trendy kale and potato taco, super tamales, braised beef brisket and all sorts of beautiful things that will ease that hungover belly of yours.