Winter is officially over on March 20th, and, so far, the weather’s been keeping that promise. It’s the one time of year when people don’t mind making small talk about the weather, and there are plenty of pop-up collaborations this week where you can discuss frosé and denim shorts. First, head out to a Purim party or the return of Amateur Night at the Apollo, and then eat all the Korean pancakes and mole you can get your hands on starting this weekend.
Chef Gabby Namm cooks up colorful and creative food for her project Sweet Angel Baby’s (which deserves its own unboxing videos). We’ve had our eye on her vegan ube halaya jam and tortang talong for a while now, but Monday’s popup at the Fly looks really special. Take a look at her Instagram for a preview of the Ginataang Bilo Bilo Brûlée and the process behind it.
Purim starts on March 16th, which means it’s party time. Moonrise Izakaya is throwing a whimsical Willy Wonka-themed Purim party with a costume contest, themed cocktails, and a few prizes. Come by at sundown (with goodness in your heart) for a chance to win a Golden Ticket—except instead of a river of chocolate, you could win free monthly bao buns. Make your reservations here.
After a two-year hiatus, Amateur Night at the Apollo returned last month. For those unfamiliar, the beloved talent show has helped launch the careers of Billie Holiday, The Jackson 5, and Questlove. Right now, Harlem residents can get 50% off their tickets through the Half Off For Harlem program with proof of residence. With Harlem Restaurant Week in full swing, this is also a great week to catch the show and take advantage of their Dine x Play promotion. If you eat at a nearby restaurant and show them your Apollo ticket, you’ll receive an entry to a gift card giveaway. Options include some of our favorites: Sylvia’s, The Red Rooster, and Sugar Monk. Get your tickets here.
Creating In Color Music and the Black Theatre Coalition have a new concert series at the legendary Stonewall Inn, starting next Monday with a musical review of Hello Dolly! Except this time, you’ll hear “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” and “Hello Dearie” in all sorts of new arrangements. Afterward, make your way to one of the Best Restaurants In The West Village. Tickets are $10, and seating will be limited. To purchase in advance, you can email email@example.com. More info here.
Coming soon to Ha’s Đặc Biệt: a pop-up within a pop-up. This Vietnamese pop-up will be at their LES location for two more weeks, and, this weekend, you’ll have the chance to try an extra-special menu with a Korean twist in collaboration with Doshi. Come by early to make sure you nab some of those charred chili & gochujang oysters, crawfish Korean pancakes, and pork ribs braised in mustard and kimchi. The pop-ups are first come, first served and fill up quickly with a waitlist as long as a CVS receipt.
Tony Ortiz (AKA Chile Con Miel) is a culinary artist who creates elaborate plates that make you feel like you’re stepping over a velvet rope in front of a MoMa exhibit when you eat them. Next Tuesday, you can check out their annual cafe-style pop-up at Ursula featuring tortas dripping with Oaxacan-style cheese and tamales with spicy black mole. Both Tony Ortiz and Ursula are dedicated to exploring food through a queer lens, and they encourage the community aspect of dining with events like these where you can stick around to mingle with a few drinks and enjoy some music as you enjoy your quesadilla straight off the plancha. Pre-order your food here.