The weather is getting warmer and you probably want an excuse to leave your apartment this weekend. That’s why we’re highlighting a couple of particularly exciting pop-ups that are only around this week from April 12th to April 19th. For more ongoing pop-ups around NYC, check out our guide to the newest restaurant projects.
If you have a car, The New York Hall Of Science in Corona Park is showing outdoor screenings of The Sound Of Metal, My Octopus Teacher, and Minari this week as part of their Queens Drive-In series. Admission for all three Oscar-nominated movies is completely free, but you’ll have to reserve a spot for your car ahead of time here. Unfortunately, the only way to hear the movie’s sound is through an FM radio, so you will definitely need a car to attend. If you’re looking for other outdoor movie screening ideas (sans car), check out our recently-updated guide.
From Tuesday, April 13th to Thursday, April 15th, Fan Fan Doughnuts is hosting their very own chocolate doughnut festival with nineteen versions inspired by cuisines around the world. Each of the doughnuts, like South African rooibos-honeycomb and Argentine alfajores, use chocolate from Guittard Chocolate (which is the same stuff Fan Fan uses for their incredibly rich hot chocolate). If you want the full range of flavors, stop their shop in Bed-Stuy since they’re only offering a limited selection for delivery. We’re historically big fans of their doughnuts.
If you’re spending time on the Lower East Side this weekend, know that the Caribbean restaurant Las’ Lap and local food distribution group, Canal Cafeteria, are partnering on a farmer’s market at 74 Orchard Street this Saturday, April 17th from 11am-2pm. Bring a tote and prepare to collect amazing spring produce, natural wine from Skin Contact, and plants and flowers from Joy Flower Pot (our favorite plant store in the neighborhood). All 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.
After months of being shut down, Esme in Greenpoint announced they’re reopening starting Wednesday, April 14th with a slightly tweaked menu and the same great backyard. You can stop by for things like oysters and burgers during dinner Wednesday through Sunday, and for brunch on weekends.
Very good news for people who have been following Brooklyn pop-ups: Eastern European project, Dacha 46, is taking over the former space of Meme’s Diner in Prospect Heights - starting with a new Sunday brunch series. The first Banya Brunch is on Sunday, April 18th from 10am-3pm. You can place your order online ahead of time for dishes like breakfast piroshki, pork-stuffed pelmeni, and a sweet dough pastry with cheese and sour cherries in the middle. It’s all available for takeout-only, and they’ll hold a limited amount of dishes for walk-ups.
The Cocoron team quietly opened a new sukiyaki omakase restaurant in their 16 Delancey Street space with lunch and private dinner seatings available every day. Right now they’re only offering indoor dining for Sukiyaki Cocoron. If you’re looking for another (more casual) way to support the Cocoron team, they also have a new market at 29 Kenmare Street where you can buy fruit sandos, to-go snacks, ceramic bowls, bamboo matcha stirrers, and more.
This week, Cafe Erzulie in Bushwick is hosting a couple of different events in collaboration with the Food With Fam Produce Project, a mutual aid organization fighting food insecurity. From Tuesday, April 13th through Thursday, April 15th, chefs Woldy Reyes of Woldy Kusina, Nir Sarig of Eti, and Mercedes Golip will be cooking produce-forward dishes available in Cafe Erzulie’s backyard. You can also buy a $20 bag of fresh produce that will benefit families in need. Check out the schedule and find more information here.