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The Hottest Pop-Ups in NYC Right Now

From a croissant pop-up by L’Appartement 4F to a spice market by Diaspora Co.

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Diaspora Co.’s turmeric, dried chiles, and pepper
Diaspora Co. is coming to New York City for a holiday market held at Counter Culture Coffee.
Andria Lo

Pop-ups have long thrived in NYC, but over the past couple of years, they’ve become an integral part of the dining scene. These blink-and-you’ll-miss-it events might deliver a thrilling meal for those in the know or offer a peek at dishes that could someday take center stage at a buzzy new restaurant.

The city’s proliferating pop-ups have never been more fun to attend — or harder to keep track of. Below, we’ve got your go-to guide for all meals ephemeral in NYC, from a croissant pop-up by L’Appartement 4F to a spice market by Diaspora Co. Check back each week to track which New York City pop-ups should be on your radar right now.

Know about an upcoming pop-up that should be on this list? Email us at ny@eater.com.

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December 2 — 9

L’Appartement 4F at Alex Mill

L’Appartement 4F shook up sleepy Brooklyn Heights when it opened on Montague Street this May, with seemingly neverending lines. Now, the team is bringing its baked goods to Manhattan, with a one-day-only event held at the clothing store Alex Mill. Stop by the Soho shop on December 8 through 10, starting at 9 a.m., to try your luck at grabbing one before they sell out. 77 Mercer Street, between Broome and Spring streets, Soho

Josh Atwood at Lord’s

Lord’s, the new nose-to-tail restaurant from the team behind Dame, is hosting its first pop-up this weekend. Josh Atwood, formerly the chef-de-cuisine of Lower East Side Basque spot Ernesto’s, is taking over the kitchen, with a menu highlighting the Pyrénées region. Reservations for the Sunday, Dec 4 event are open on Resy here.

Ganjin at Leo

Ganjin, a seafood pop-up from the chef from Osakana, is heading back to pizzeria Leo on Monday, December 4. An online menu lists honeynut squash with ikura, salmon with ginger and beet, and tuna galbi. Reservations are live. 123 Havemeyer Street, at Grand Street, Williamsburg

Agrodolce at Leo

Also at Leo next week is a two-night event called Agrodolce held on Tuesday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 7. The event works to support a local CSA, and will feature local produce, broken-down whole lambs used on the menu. Reservations are open. 123 Havemeyer Street, at Grand Street, Williamsburg

YungKombucha420 and Masha Teas at Everyone

Instagram-famous cake maker Aimee Frances (@YungKombucha420) and tea brand Masha Teas, are hosting a holiday market with cakes, teas, hot toddies, at an event space called Everyone this weekend. Saturday, December 3, 3 to 7 p.m. 27 Orchard Street, between Hester and Canal streets

Ongoing

Diaspora Co. at Counter Culture Coffee

Spice company Diaspora Co. is coming to New York City for a holiday pop-up shop. Shop through the brand’s products, as well as those from Carroll Gardens’s Malai ice cream and the acclaimed East Fork Pottery. Keep a look out on the Diaspora Co.’s website for events at the store. The space will be open from December 3 through 18. 376 Broome Street, at Mott Street, Nolita

Dani Luv at Quality Eats Upper East Side

The spirit of vodka-fueled Lower East Side party spot Sammy’s Roumanian, which closed in 2021, will return for the holidays. Quality Eats Upper East Side is hosting Sammy’s Roumanian beloved performer Dani Luv starting today, December 2 with related themed food specials and drinks. For the Shabbat dinners on December 2, 9, and 23, Luv will perform from 8 to 8:45 p.m.The cover charge is $20 per person on OpenTable. 1496 Second Avenue, at East 78th Street, Upper East Side

Norberto Piattoni at Ostudio

The latest chef takeover at residency space Ostudio, is from the chef behind the wood-fired pop-up the Modestos, Norberto Piattoni. The menu has yet to be posted but will run from December 6 through 10. 366 Stockton Street, near Broadway, Bed-Stuy

OkDongsik at Hand Hospitality

OkDongsik, a restaurant in Seoul known for its one-item menu, is teaming up with Hand Hospitality (behind spots like Her Name Is Han), for an ongoing partnership serving bone broth rice soup out of an empty Manhattan storefront. The collaboration runs from November 22 through April 1, 2023. Reservations are now live. 13 E. 30th, between Madison and Fifth avenues, Nomad

Banchan by Sunny at Nightmoves

Every Sunday through the end of January, pop-up Banchan by Sunny will host a daytime event with kimbap and banchan boxes inside the nightclub attached to Four Horsemen, from 3 to 7 p.m. 295 Grand Street, near Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg

Zaza Lasagna at Shelsky’s

Chef Zahra Tangorra’s pop-up Zaza Lasagna has returned to bagel spot Shelsky’s for another season. Every Friday through December, customers can pick up pre-orders of lasagna, eggplant parm, pasta e fagioli, and more red-sauce dishes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Must order online in advance. 141 Court Street, near Atlantic Avenue, Cobble Hill

Big Chune at Prima

Nathanael Cox continues a residency at Clinton Hill’s Prima, a coffee shop that morphs into a wine bar at night. With Big Chune, Cox serves rotating small bites that in the past have included oysters with coconut milk and finger lime, corn fritters, and Jamaican patties. Cox’s menu runs Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 5 to 10 p.m., and Sundays, from 5 to 9 p.m. There are also occasional movie screenings projected in the backyard. 147 Greene Avenue, near Washington Avenue, Clinton Hill

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