Does key lime pie in the sun sound like a good time? How about a Birria-Landia pop-up fundraiser to protect indigenous corn varieties. Is that up your alley? Or eating a torta milanesa then dancing to live music on a sidewalk? Perhaps sitting with a friend and some Filipino steamed buns filled with pork is more your speed? We curated a list of the week’s most exciting pop-ups and specials so all you have to do is choose which one(s) to check out.
On Thursday April 29th, Birria-Landia and Sobre Masa are collaborating on a one-day only corn extravaganza to support Fundación Tortilla’s ongoing effort to protect endangered indigenous corn. Birria Landia will be serving their mind-blowing birria tacos (with the addition of bone marrow) in special tortillas made from indigenous Mexican corn varieties. They’re only available at Sobre Masa on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 5pm.
Until Sunday, May 2nd, two New York organizations fighting local food insecurity (Fig NYC and Sky High Farm) are running a fundraising series called Added Value at restaurants in NYC and around Upstate. They’ve partnered with more than 15 restaurants to create pop-up nights and special dishes, which all incorporate pork, goat, or lamb from Sky High Farm in the Ancramdale, New York. All of the meat is being donated so that proceeds from the restaurant’s dish can go straight to charity. You can learn more about the participating restaurants and their specials - like lamb ribs at Insa or The Four Horsemen’s butter beans with lamb sausage and ramps - here.
The Standard Plaza
We love going to outdoor movies at restaurants and bars so much that we wrote a guide for it. This week The Standard High Line is showing Little Shop Of Horrors, Little Miss Sunshine, Pretty Woman, 10 Things I Hate About You and more as part of their “Pix On The Plaza” outdoor movie series. Every show starts at 8pm and, in addition to free popcorn, you can order any of the food on the Standard Grill’s dinner menu. Plus, it’s totally free. Check out the schedule and reserve your spot here.
If the weather cooperates, this great new vegan Cuban cafe in Clinton Hill is hosting a live band and dancing on the sidewalk from 1pm-4pm on Saturday, May 1st. While you’re there, get the torta milanesa, which comes stacked high with avocado, purple cabbage slaw, beans, tomato, jalapeno, and a crunchy slab of eggplant cutlet. Plus, nothing on the menu costs more than $10.
Last summer, hundreds of street stretches all around the city closed down to make even more room for outdoor restaurants and pedestrians. And while some of these programs have continued year-round, the Bronx’s Little Italy is just now reopening their weekend outdoor dining pedestrian plaza on Friday, April 30th. You can check out “Piazza di Belmont” on Friday and Saturdays from 6pm to 10pm and Sundays from 1pm-9pm.
The former CDC of Win Son, Calvin Eng, is set to open a new Cantonese-American restaurant in Williamsburg in the fall of 2021 called Bonnie’s. Before that happens though, he’s testing some of his dishes by popping up at restaurants around the city. You can catch the next one at Win Son Bakery in East Williamsburg on Friday April 30th starting at 11am, featuring Chef Eng’s take on McDonald’s McRib. Instead of whatever McDonald’s uses in theirs, his version will have cha siu marinated ribs, Chinese hot mustard, and pickles and onions, all on a sesame milk bun.
If you’ll be in the Crown Heights area this weekend, stop by King Tai on Sunday, May 2nd for beef, pork, or vegetable siopao as well as vegetable pancit noodles with mushroom and sugar snap peas. The food is from Filipino cooking project, Magbaon, who has run pop-ups at King Tai in the past. Learn more about their story and events on Instagram here.
Lower East Side local food distribution group, Canal Cafeteria recently set up a weekend farmer’s market partnership with Caribbean restaurant Las’ Lap on Orchard Street. And, this weekend, NYC-based bakery Cait’s Key Lime Pie will also be there with fresh pies from 10am until they’re sold out. A portion of the profits from their farmer’s market produce sales benefit Canal Cafeteria’s weekly food distribution within the community. Learn more about the event and Canal Cafeteria’s mission here.