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The Best Pop-Ups In NYC Right Now

The city’s pop-up boom isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
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New pop-ups are a great way to roam NYC with your mouth open like PacMan, eating food straight from the fever dreams of the city’s most exciting chefs. And they’re everywhere. The next time you decide to venture beyond that one neighborhood restaurant where the waitstaff has seen every outfit you own, check out one of the pop-ups on this list.

May 13 - May 19

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Indonesian Food Bazaar @ Culture Lab / Saturday, May 18, 2-10pm

The folks behind the Indonesian Food Bazaar have been serving Southeast Asian staples for more than a decade now. You can find them every month at St. James Episcopal Church in Elmhurst, and this month, they're also co-hosting a special Pasar Malam New York event at Culture Lab in LIC. The Indonesian festival will feature food, music, films, and dance from 2-10pm. Halal and vegetarian options will be available, and they only take cash, Venmo, and Zelle.

Solo Diner @ Heaven and Earth /  Sat, May 18, 3pm Until Sold Out

Filipino food is having a moment, and we highly recommend that you see what the city’s best chefs are doing with the cuisine at both new places like Naks, and old standbys like Ihawan. But a lot of it is also happening at pop-ups like Solo Diner, a pop-up series started by a group of Oxalis alums. You can catch them next on Saturday, May 18, at the wine bar Heaven and Earth in Greenpoint, grilling up some Filipino BBQ. It’s walk-in only, from 3pm until they sell out.

Behind You Bake Sale @ Various /  Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19

Southern Smoke Foundation is an organization that provides mental health services for food and beverage workers. This weekend, a number of our favorite Brooklyn restaurants, like Ursula, Gertie, and Agi’s Counter, will be selling special treats to benefit the organization. You can find the full list of participating restaurants here.

May 20 - May 26

At Our Table @ Various /  Wednesday-Saturday, May 22-25

In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, local sommelier Eun Hee Kwon is collaborating with three great Brooklyn restaurants to raise money for some NYC-based AAPI nonprofits. Pop-up dinners will be held at Nowon, Nudibranch, and The Monkey King, with a wine program featuring Asian-American-made wines. See how to reserve your spot here.

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Reenie Karim @ Little Egg /  Thursday & Friday, May 23-24 and May 30-31, 6-9pm

Reenie Karim is serving her take on halal diner food at Little Egg in Prospect Heights for a few nights this month. The menu includes a filet-o-fish copycat with wasabi lime kewpie and asparagus tartare sauce, steak au tamarind poivre, and a labneh rhubarb shake, amongst other treats. See the full menu and make your reservations here.

Hoagie Party @ Penny /  Saturday, May 25, 12pm and 1:45pm

Penny is taking the afternoon off shucking oysters to host a hoagie pop-up with Joe Beddia, the owner of Pizzeria Beddia, which is one of our favorite restaurants in Philly. Tickets include a seat at the counter, and a lunch set featuring a hoagie (made with bread from Breads Bakery), salad, chips, giardiniera, and something sweet for dessert. Buy your ticket here.

Ongoing

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ChaChaTang @ Hancock St. /  Sundays & Mondays Through June 16

We can’t get enough of cha chaan teng culture, and you can find us on many a Saturday morning with a milk tea and some noodles at Hong Kong-style cafes like Mabu Café and Kong Sihk Tong. For the next few weeks, Nom Wah Tea Parlor alum Wilson Tang is bringing more cafe staples to Hancock St. in the West Village. You can expect classics like macaroni soup with fried spam, Cantonese french toast, roast duck sandwiches, and more.

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Alumni Series @ Gramercy Tavern / Various Tuesdays, May 7-August 12, 5pm-Close

Gramercy Tavern turns 30 this year, and they're celebrating all spring and summer with some very special Tavern takeovers. Tavern alums will be serving some of their own dishes alongside the regular menu. That includes chefs from Rolo's, Hearth, Union Square Cafe, and more. See the full line-up here.

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Mission Chinese Food Pop-Up

Mission Chinese Food @ Cha Kee / Wednesday-Sunday, 5-10pm; End Date TBD

Danny Bowien’s beloved San Francisco import is back for a spring and summer pop-up, after their drama-filled closure in 2022. They’re setting up shop inside Cha Kee at 43 Mott Street for the next few months (exact ending dates TBD). They'll be serving classics from the original 2010 menu—and we hope that their kung pao pastrami, mapo tofu, and thrice-cooked bacon will make the cut. Follow Cha Kee’s IG for updates.

Me Tay Co @ Hart Bar / Tues-Sat, 6pm-1:00am

The bar food at Hart Bar in Bushwick just got a lot more exciting. The Falansai team has taken over the kitchen for the foreseeable future, serving some of the same Vietnamese-inspired snacks from their original menu, like banh mi fries, shrimp toast, and pork egg rolls.

Inaniwa Udon & Dashi: Dinner Series @ Dashi Okume / Friday & Saturday, 8pm; End Date TBD

Hot weather means it's time for cold noodles, and you can get your next bowl at Dashi Okume in Greenpoint on Friday and Saturday evenings all summer long. They’re doing a special seven-course tasting menu for $85, featuring Inaniwa udon, a thin and flat noodle from northern Japan (not to be confused with the trending super wide udon at Okiboru). Your meal will include noodles, fried fish, and pressed sushi. A sake pairing is also available for $50. Seatings are at 8pm; make your reservations here.

Summer Sundays @ Huda / Sundays, May 5-August 25; 6:30pm

One of our favorite new restaurants of the year serves food from the Levant, like batata harra and shish Barak. Starting on May 5, they’ll be hosting a summer series at their East Williamsburg restaurant, with film screenings and live performances that highlight the region's creative community. Film screenings are free, and live performances have a small fee that goes 100% to the artists. Check out their calendar here, and read our review so you know what to order.

Flatbush Oyster Co. @ King Tai / Thursdays, 5-9pm

If you want to eat grilled jerk oysters and more "unconventionally Panamanian" food, Flatbush Oyster Co.’s roving pop-up is your best bet. You can find them on most Thursdays at King Tai, where they’ll have their famous jerk, as well as weekly specials. (Check their Instagram on Mondays to make sure they’ll be there.) Past menus have included spicy pei mussels, oxtail croquettes, and Colonese-style mariscos fritos. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you want to pre-order, shoot them a DM.

Happy Bull Pizza @ Lohi Bar and Fifth Hammer Brewing Company / Various Dates, 5pm onwards

We’ve never had a vodka sauce burger before, and we have no idea why. It seems so obvious. Happy Bull Pizza is a pop-up known for its extra-charred, extra-garlicky pizzas, but they’ve recently added the Vodka Burger 5000 to their menu, and we're on a mission to try it. You can too, at Fifth Hammer every Tuesday night, or at Lohi Bar from Wednesday to Sunday.

Border Town @ Commune / Sundays, 10am until sold out

On Sundays, you'll find this small-batch tortilla maker at Commune, a Clinton Hill cafe, making chewy, lard-kissed tortillas, filled with things like chicharrones in salsa roja, and the smoothest, gentlest refried beans you’ve ever had. The line to order can be long, and the line to wait for your order even longer, but if you have time to kill, stick around for the $5 tacos. Their Sonoran wheat flour tortillas are also for sale at Big Night and Marlow & Daughters.

Lev @ The Hancock / various dates

Lev was once the city’s most elusive (and exclusive) pop-up. But then they threw us a bone, and now you don’t have to solve their riddles three to figure out the date, time, and location—you can just buy a ticket to each event. And you should, because they do "site-specific" cooking that’s usually worth the hype, with a different menu each time—often with a slew of seasonal vegetable and meats prepared right in front of you. Lately, they've been doing dinners at The Hancock, a venue in Bed-Stuy. Check their Instagram for the next meal.

Super Burrito @ Threes Brewing / Monday-Friday, 5pm-10pm; Saturday-Sunday, 12pm until sold out

Over at the Gowanus location of Threes Brewing, Super Burrito takes over kitchen duties every day until 10pm (two hours before closing). They have a basic selection of their Mission-style burritos, but look out for weekly specials as well, like cheeseburgers with bacon and pepper jam. On weekends, they churn out fat breakfast burritos with chorizo and crispy hash browns all day.

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C Marty's Jerk at King Tai

C Marty’s Jerk @ King Tai / Wednesdays 5-11pm; Thursdays & Fridays, 5-9pm

Get some of the best jerk chicken Brooklyn has to offer at the C Marty’s Jerk pop-up inside King Tai, or take some to go for a sunset picnic. They’re at the cozy Crown Heights bar from Wednesday to Friday every week cooking up jerk fusion plates like jerk banh mi and quesadillas, as well as their classic wings.

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