Since January, a number of chefs, restaurateurs, and nightlife personalities have opened or announced temporary projects. That's a lot to keep track of. So here now is a handy guide to everything you need to know about NYC's new pop-up restaurants.
1) Ghost Street: A series of hot pot parties from former Eastern Alley chef Sean Scotese. Currently located at Je'Bon on St. Marks.
2) Telepan Tribeca: A forthcoming temporary dinner series from locavore chef/all around nice guy Bill Telepan. The $45 prix fixe meals will be served in the Pecan coffee shop in Tribeca.
3) JBF LTD : A 27-day temporary restaurant from the James Beard Foundation, in the Chelsea Market. Laurent Gras was the first chef, but Michelle Bernstein, Iñaki Aizpitarte, David Chang and others will take turns over the next few weeks. The first round of tickets sold out in a flash.
4) Pick Your Part: A one night-only whole lamb dinner from former Spotted Pig chef Nate Smith, at the Pinkerton wine bar in Williamsburg, slated for next Thursday, April 28.
5) Butter Lane Park Slope: A forthcoming "pop-up shop" on 7th Ave, from the upscale East Village cupcakerie.
6) Our Other Location: A pop-up supper club event group that recently hosted dinners in an old elementary school cafeteria in Soho with chef Nick Kim, and Andrew Burman and Matt Monahan from Court St. Grocer.
7) Ecopolis Smith Street: An al fresco cafe from the Ecopolis team in Cobble Hill. It will occupy a few parking spaces on Smith Street from May-August.
8) Madame Wong's: A temporary nightclub in the Jobee space from former Beatrice Inn man Simonez Wolf. The parties are thrown every other week or so, and you need a secret password to get in.
9) The Feast: A serial pop-up organized by Alan Philips. They recently held a "pop-art" themed dinner series with 15-year-old chef Greg Grossman.
10) Martha Stewart's Pie-Pop Up: A two-day pie pop-up from the doyenne of domesticity. It was held in The Little Owl's event space last month.
11) Tchoup Shop: Chef Simon Glenn's New Orleans-themed food stand, which began its regular Sunday residency at Williamsburg's DBA bar last week.
12) LTO: A new temporary restaurant series in the old Broadway East space. The owners originally promised a rotating crew of "favorites from Top Chef and Iron Chef, as well as James Beard winners and nominees." The first chef, RJ Cooper, will start things off next week.
13) OOL/Philip Phillip Kirschen-Clark Project: A collaboration from the Vandaag chef and dinner event group Our Other Location for the Festival of New ideas in May. Diners will receive tin canisters of food, as well as tables and chairs so that they can create their own dining rooms out in the street.
14) What Happens When: 2011's most buzzed-about temporary restaurant. John Fraser changes the menu and the dining room design every month to fit a new theme. It's currently in its third "movement," and is slated to close in the fall, but might stay open longer.
15) Fatty Johnson's: Zak Pelaccio's ham-based concept in the old Cabrito space. Opened in January, closed last month to make way for his new, more refined Fatty project.
16) LudoBites NYC: Ludo Lefebvre, the LA-based French chef who has made food world headlines over the past year for his series of pop-up restaurants called LudoBites, says he might be bringing the concept to NYC this fall.
17) Bodega: Buddakan chef Dale Talde's one weekend-only project, based on the "restaurant wars" episode of Top Chef All-Stars. Went down in February.
18) Cookiebar: A five day temporary sweets stand from famed cookbook author Dorie Greenspan and her son Josh, in the Mizu salon in Midtown. Opened and closed in February.
19) Various Laurent Gras Projects: The chef of Chicago's famed L20 is currently prepping a New York restaurant, but before he begins work on that, he's doing guest stints all around town. Gras was one of the chefs of the JBF LTD pop-up series, but he also did a Mardi Gras dinner in the PDR of Locanda Verde with Andrew Carmellini, and a fish feast at Corton with Paul Liebrandt. He's also doing a dinner at BLT Fish next month.
20) Robicelli's Pop-Up: The Brooklyn-based cupcake operation did a few pop-ups in January, including a stint at Park Here. They frequently make the rounds at the flea markets and food fests, and are planning a stall at the forthcoming Dekalb Market.
21) Maharlika: A Filipino brunch pop-up inside of Resto Leon in the East Village. It opened in January, and is still in operation today. The Maharlika team are also planning an all-day concept at Dekalb Market.
22) America's Next Great Restaurant Automat: An inspired promotional stunt for the new show America's Next Great Restaurant. They set up an automat in Grand Central Terminal for two days last month.
23) Park Here: A temporary green space inside of the Openhouse Gallery in Nolita, with sports activities and food stalls from Luke's Lobster, Mexicue, Robicelli's and others. Opened and closed in January.
24) Smorgasburg: The Brooklyn Flea's forthcoming Williamsburg food market. Not a pop-up, per se, but a close cousin, as there will be many popular restaurants serving food here each Saturday.
25) Unnamed Talent Agency Nightclub: In January, the cops busted a temporary nightclub operating out of a talent agency studio in Midtown. There were about 100 people partying inside, and someone was collecting cash at the door.
26) Zac Young's Donut Pop-Up: For two weeks in January and February, Flex Mussels chef and Top Chef: Desserts star Zac Young sold specialty donuts out of Zocalo, in the dining concourse of Grand Central Terminal.
And if that wasn't enough temporary restaurant fun for you, do consult our NYC Pop-Up Restaurant Generator.