Pop-ups have long thrived in New York City, 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. Check back each week to track which New York City pop-ups should be on your radar right now.
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May 26 — June 2
Nana Wilmot at Ostudio
Nana Wilmot, who also runs Love That I Knead Supper Club, and is an alum of French spots Le Coucou and La Mercerie, is the latest chef in residence at Ostudio. She’s been cooking her take on West African cuisine on Tuesdays at Ostudio: the last day is May 30. Reservations are available, but walk-ins are welcome. 366 Stockton Street, near Broadway, Bed-Stuy
Banchan by Sunny at Bin Bin
Sunny Lee’s Banchan by Sunny is hosting a pop-up at Greenpoint sake shop, Bin Bin, on Tuesday, May 30. Banchan, mochi cake, and sake, will be available, from 6 to 8 p.m. 29 Norman Ave #100, near Banker Street, Greenpoint
Chaat Dog at Wild East Brewing Co.
Eater contributor Pervaiz Shallwani’s desi dog pop-up is gearing up for another weekend at Wild East Brewing. He’ll be slinging chaat dogs on Friday, May 26 from 4 to 10 p.m. and then again on Sunday, May 28, from noon until 8 p.m. 623 Sackett Street, near Fourth Avenue, Gowanus
The team behind the West Village restaurant Silver Apricot is set to debut a next-door sibling, Figure Eight, at 18 Cornelia Street, near Sixth Avenue. Gearing up for the opening, the team is turning the new restaurant into a cafe for the month, hosting AAPI food events with restaurants like Pecking House, Ho Foods, Wenwen, and more.
Bronx Night Market
The sixth season of the Bronx Night Market is back from MASC Hospitality Group — behind Brooklyn Night Market, Uptown Night Market, Vegan Night Market, and Harlem Bazaar — running the last Saturday of every month from April to October. Expect a bigger market than years past, with local Bronx and NYC-based food vendors such as Perros Locos, Tacos El Guero, Downeast Lobstah, Nadas Colombian Rainbow Empanadas, Chocolicious NYC, Bang Cookies, and more. The series also features live performances and activities for the family. 1 Fordham Plaza Bronx, near Webster Avenue, the Bronx
Grotto at Talea
Grotto, a traveling cocktail bar catering to queer and lesbian New Yorkers, is headed to Talea Beer Co. in Brooklyn next month, Time Out reports. The pop-up, which recently wrapped up a residency at the Ludlow House social club on the Lower East Side, will host two events at Talea each week, with singles nights and other events on the calendar. The residency runs from May 21 to June 21 at the brewery’s taprooms in Williamsburg and Cobble Hill. Reservations for the first two weeks are available online. — Luke Fortney, reporter
Mariscos del Sol at La Loncheria
The Bushwick Mexican restaurant which first opened in 2017, is keeping things fresh with a summertime seafood series. Pop-up Mariscos del Sol will be a rotating menu of mariscos — Mexican seafood dishes like aguachiles — led by chef-DJ Piero Cespedes. It’s going down at the restaurant every Saturday and Sunday, from noon until 3 p.m. until September, according to Cespedes. 41 Wilson Avenue, near Melrose Street, Bushwick
Soup Doula at Bed-Stuy Barb’s
The Soup Doul pop-up, run by, yes, an actual postpartum doula, has launched Tuesday pick-ups at this Bed-Stuy cocktail bar from 5 to 8 p.m. Pre-orders can be placed online. 380A Marcus Garvey Boulevard, near Hancock Street, Bed-Stuy