Warm weather is here, you don’t have to buy chips with booze anymore, indoor dining will return at full capacity later this month, and there’s a Yayoi Kusama exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden. But most importantly for our purposes today, a range of restaurants and chefs are hosting special events and pop-ups this week. That’s why we’re curating a weekly list of all the most intriguing stuff to eat and do around the city. Here’s what’s happening from May 3rd to May 10th in NYC.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday. And if you totally forgot, we don’t suggest telling your mother. Instead buy a rice cooker sculpture or a box filled with gooey miso butter cookies from this weekend’s dessert and design pop-up run by Jenny Acosta and Stephanie Loo - two of the members of With Warm Welcome. It’s running at Canal Street Market in Chinatown this Friday, May 7th through Sunday, May 9th all day. Although some sweets will be available for walk-ups, you can pre-order Stephanie Loo’s cookie boxes ahead of time here.
This Saturday, May 8th, one of our all-time favorite summer spots is reopening at Vale Park at the William Vale hotel in Williamsburg. If you’ve never tried Mister Dips, they operate out of an airstream, which is cute, but the three main draws here are the views of the Manhattan skyline, the smash burgers, and soft serve. The food is all takeout, but there’s a lot of seating. Bring a date who’s down with great fast food, or your kids and a dog. After this Saturday, Mister Dips will be open 12-9pm from Wednesday to Sunday.
Last week the team behind Morgan’s BBQ opened a central Mexican restaurant in Prospect Heights serving food like tlayudas and cemitas, as well as a bunch of mezcal- and tequila-based cocktails. This new restaurant is about a 10-minute bike ride away from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, which is hosting their last free spring weekend on Saturday, May 8th, and Sunday, May 9th. Reserve your tickets and check out the programming schedule here.
After selling groceries, wine, and sandwiches for a couple of months, this excellent seafood and small plates spot just reopened for outdoor dining on Canal Street. You can stop by for plates of prawns and other Spanish and Portuguese snacks between Tuesday and Saturday from 5:30-10:30pm. Plus, all of the profits from their Tuesday night opening are being donated to Heart Of Dinner (a non-profit providing meals and comfort to Asian elders in NYC). All tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis - and we’d recommend a drink at Bar Belly or Clandestino if you have to wait.
We can’t stop talking about Pecking House, a delivery-only fried chicken project based in Queens. Partly because their spicy fried chicken is transformative, but also because there’s a months-long waitlist to secure it for takeout or delivery. The good news: Pecking House is holding court at The Market Line on the basement floor of Essex Market starting this Saturday, May 8th at 5pm. For their residency (which doesn’t have an end date yet), Pecking House will be serving their typical chili fried chicken with a couple of sides like potatoes with green garlic, asparagus in XO sauce, as well as peanut butter pudding with chocolate ganache for dessert. Our advice? Get there right at 5pm.
Dame in Greenwich Village is hosting their last weekend pop-up this Friday, May 7th, and Saturday, May 8th in their current MacDougal Street location from 12-8pm. They’re set to open a permanent English seafood restaurant one door down on June 1st (the progress of which has been extremely fun to watch via their Instagram stories and highlights). You can preorder fish and chips, pantry provisions, and drinks on their website.