Pecking House heads to LES food hall the Market Line for first in-person pop-up
Chef Eric Huang is taking his mega-popular fried chicken delivery business Pecking House offline this weekend for the shop’s first in-person pop-up. Pecking House will be setting up shop at the Market Line at Essex Crossing this Saturday, where Huang will be offering the business’s regular takeout and delivery menu — including the famed crispy chile fried chicken — from 5 p.m. until everything is sold out.
Huang launched Pecking House last fall to near-instant acclaim, with thousands of customers lining up virtually to get on the takeout-and-delivery shop’s ever-expanding waitlist, which currently stretches up to eight weeks out, Huang tells Eater New York. And if the Market Line pop-up sells out in a minute, don’t worry: The chef says that he hopes more in-person pop-ups and collaborations with other businesses are in Pecking House’s future after this weekend.
Similarly, the Market Line also hopes to keep highlighting more popular, pandemic-born food businesses in the future. Later on in the month, Bryce Shuman of sell-out barbecue delivery service Ribs n’ Reds will be running a similar pop-up at the food hall.
In other news
— French bakery chain Maman is on an expansion tear. The company just signed a lease on an upcoming spot near Grand Central Terminal, and it is running a Mother’s Day pop-up this weekend out of two other new locations, in Cobble Hill and the Upper East Side, that will be opening in full shortly.
— Nonprofit Send Chinatown Love put together a digital cookbook featuring recipes from beloved city restaurants including Wing Hing Seafood, Kam Hing bakery, and Flushing’s Noodle House. Downloads are free with a $15 suggested donation, and proceeds are donated to NYC Chinatown businesses in need of financial support.
— NYC-based home cooking and food media brand Food52 has acquired cult-favorite Scandinavian housewares brand Dansk. It plans to revamp and relaunch the brand through Food52’s e-commerce arm.
— Milu staffer Doryann Sanchez is taking over the kitchen for a special Cinco de Mayo menu this Wednesday. Dinners are $40 for two people and $72 for four people, and include cochinita pibil, roasted summer squash with poblanos, corn, and mozzarella, licor de elote flan, and more. Pre-orders for takeout and delivery available here.
— NYC Hospitality Alliance executive director Andrew Rigie tells the Post that as long as social distancing requirements are still in place, eliminating capacity restrictions later this month doesn’t change things all that much for NYC restaurants.
Frankly, I can't wait to see the new EMP vegan gimmicks.— Greg Morabito (@GregMorabito) May 3, 2021
An interactive "foraging" course in Madison Square Park?
Nut milk White Russians, mixed tableside?
A single, perfectly poached lichen, lowered to the table via drone?
A hearty pat on the back from Humm himself?