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The Hottest Pop-Ups in NYC Right Now

From a Caribbean beach party in the Rockaways to an ube festival in Chinatown

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Kit an’ Kin is popping up at Rippers this weekend.
Kit an’ Kin

Pop-ups have always thrived in NYC, but over the past couple of years, they’ve grown in popularity — and are an integral part of today’s dining scene now more than ever. The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it events offer an exciting meal for those in the know and can be a sneak preview into dishes that might someday be the star at a buzzy new restaurant. One thing is clear: These 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 things NYC pop-ups, all in one place. From a Caribbean beach party in the Rockaways to an ube festival in Chinatown, these are the pop-ups you won’t want to miss this week in August. Check back here 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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August 12 — 19

Kit an’ Kin at Rippers

Anya Peters of Caribbean pop-up Kit an’ Kin tells Eater that she’ll be heading to Rockaway burger favorite Rippers this weekend. On Sunday, August 14 from 2 to 8 p.m. expect Trinidadian and Jamaican bites like escovitch fish platters, jerk chicken, and doubles. 8601 Shore Front Parkway, at 86th Street, the Rockaways

Taqueria Ramirez at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster

Greenpoint’s Taqueria Ramirez is known for its unctuous al pastor and other meat-filled tacos. Now, the acclaimed spot is trying its hands at seafood at nearby at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster, according to an Instagram flier. On Tuesday, August 16, from 5 to 10 p.m. the team will prepare dishes like monkfish al pastor, tuna tostada, and aguachile. First come, first serve. 114 Nassau Avenue, at Eckford Street, Greenpoint

Ube Festival at Canal Street Market

A partnership of local Filipino business owners are teaming up to celebrate the captivating purple yam at Canal Street Market, according to an Instagram post. The Ube Festival runs from August 12 to 14, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with art exhibits, performances, and at least 13 food vendors. Expect lechon croquettes from Patok by Rach, ube boba, and mochi loaded soy milk from So Sarap NYC. Also look for pandesal, traditional bread filled with melty cheese and ube jam from Pandemaeul. 265 Canal Street, between Broadway and Lafayette Street, Chinatown — Caroline Shin, interim ENY reporter

Vino Papi at Daughter

Matt Frazier (Vino Papi) is hosting a wine “camp” at coffee shop Daughter, on Thursday, August 18. Expect summer wine pairings in collaborations with Kai-Michelle of nearby Simple Syrup Wine and Spirits, as well as sourdough pizzas made by Decades (vegetarian and vegan options are available). Tickets are $35 each and include a wine flight; the event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. 1090 St. John’s Place, near Kingston Avenue, Crown Heights

Chinatown Night Market at Forsyth Plaza

Think!Chinatown, a non-profit community organization, is returning this Friday with its Chinatown Night Market at Forsyth Plaza, August 12 from 8 to 11 p.m. This summer series of art, food, and performances, features vendors like Malaysian desserts from Kuih Cafe, Vietnamese food from Pasteur Grill and Noodles, Hong Kong-style egg waffles from Xiang Mini Cake, Cambodian bites from pop-up Cambodia Now, and skewers from Meat Asia BBQ. It’s free to attend but the organizers are asking attendees to RSVP here for time slots. Forsyth Plaza, between Forsyth and Canal streets, Chinatown

Doshi at Little King

Heading to Beacon for the day to check out art center Dia Beacon with an early-stage crush? Stop by Little King, a new cafe in town — a less than 15 minute walk from the Metro-North train stop — where pop-up Doshi is taking over the kitchen on Friday, August 19. Chef Susan Kim is known for her comforting Korean bites and this will focus on Korean lunch boxes known as doshirak (more info will be announced on Instagram). 199 Main Street, at Willow Street, Beacon

Dave’s Lesbian Bar at Socrates Sculpture Park

Dave’s Lesbian Bar is hosting the “gay park picnic of your dreams” in collaboration with the Queer Food Foundation. On Saturday, August 13, expect a market to shop fresh produce and food prepared by queer chefs, like fresh pasta from pop-up Puttana. The event is free (RSVP here) to attend but all on-site purchases will benefit the foundation’s work to expand food access to the queer and trans communities. Stop by from noon until sunset. 31-01 Vernon Boulevard, near Broadway, Long Island City

Zoë’s Doughies at Stissing House

King chef Clare de Boer opened the restored, historic Stissing House, a restaurant in Pine Plains, New York, earlier this year. And, now, this weekend, Zoë Kanan will bring Zoë’s Doughies to the property for morning handmade bagels. Per the flier, the event runs from 9 a.m. til 2 p.m. and includes “sourdough-spiked-barley-malt-laced-roasted-potato-fortified bagels,” as well as trout gravlax, cream cheese, tomatoes, and cold brew — best enjoyed at a picnic table on the lawn. Kanan will return with her bagels on Sunday, August 21 and 28 in case you can’t make it. 7801 S. Main Street, near East Church Street, Pine Plains

Ita at Winona’s

Indie outdoor furniture company Ita is hosting a shopping event at restaurant Winona’s on Sunday, August 14. From 1 to 7 p.m. shop from the collection while enjoying barbecue from Crown Heights’s Brooklyn Suya, alongside rum cocktails and hibiscus drinks provided by bottled beverage brand Ruby. 676 Flushing Avenue, near Whipple Street, Bed-Stuy

Eva Frances Supper Club at Cherry on Top

On Monday, August 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. Bushwick natural wine bar Cherry on Top is hosting a ceviche event with a pop-up called Eva Frances Supper Club. 379 Suydam Street, near Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick

Head Hi at the Moon Lot

Brooklyn Navy Yards coffee shop and art book store Head Hi is hosting a party in the Rockaways this weekend. According to the event flier, a beach hang is scheduled at Beach 90 from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 13; but afterward, head on over to the Moon Lot where you’ll find DJs spinning, Thai food, and more from 6 to 10:30 p.m. 189 Beach 96th Street, near Rockaway Beach Boulevard, the Rockaways

Billion Oyster Project at Strangeways

Chef Ken Addington of Williamsburg’s Strangeways is teaming up with chef Orion Russell from nearby Greenpoint Fish & Lobster for an oceanic dinner to support the education of the Billion Oyster Project and the Newtown Creek Alliance. The dinner is Thursday, August 18 and reservations are now live on Resy. For $120 guests get a cocktail, oysters, and a three-course seafood menu. 302 Metropolitan Avenue, at Roebling Street, Williamsburg

Ongoing

Suya House

On the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Clifton Place, Suya House has been smoking up the streets of Bed-Stuy with its suya, the Nigerian-style smoked meat. The pop-up runs Thursdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 11 p.m. and Saturdays from 4 to 11 p.m. The events started sometime last month and no end date has been posted on the Suya House Instagram. The corner of Nostrand Avenue and Clifton Place, Bed-Stuy

Stretto Bros. at Broken Land

An Italian sandwich pop-up has been taking up residence at Greenpoint dive bar the Broken Land this summer. Greenpointers reports that the partnership is running at the bar from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. Sandwiches include spicy salami, a turkey potato chip sando, and more. There’s no current end date listed. 105 Franklin Street, between Greenpoint Avenue and Milton Street, Greenpoint

Caleta at Ostudio

From the team behind Bad Habit Ice Cream, an ice cream purveyor known for offbeat pint flavors that launched during the pandemic comes Caleta: a forthcoming ice cream bar and restaurant. Ahead of its launch, Caleta is taking up residence at Ostudio with a new daily dinner menu, set to last until Friday, August 26. The menu lists sunchokes with aji verde, a spring pea tart with lardo and fig leaf, and sweet corn-baked Alaska. 366 Stockton Street, near Broadway, Bed-Stuy

Gunita at Catchika

An unlikely pop-up inside of a Woodside boba shop is where you’ll find chef Jason Mandia making savory Filipino food. Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mandia runs his pop-up Gunita, serving ube bacon cheeseburgers, pork sisig fries, and Filipino-style hot dogs (alongside a Filipino skewer pop-up called Merienda which serves street food such as fish balls). The pop-up — which has already been running for the past three months — is expected to remain at boba shop Catchika, at least through the end of summer. 6816 Roosevelt Avenue, between 68th and 69th streets, Woodside

Dacha 46 at 487 Seventh Avenue

Eastern European pop-up Dacha 46 continues cooking in South Slope, taking up residence in an open storefront. According to an Instagram flier, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, the team will offer its modern spins on dishes like pelmeni (frozen pelmeni will also be available for the first time in a while). The pop-up runs on Sundays, at least through the end of August. 487 Seventh Avenue, between Windsor Place and Prospect Avenue, South Slope

Hanoi Dessert Shop at Hanoi House

East Village Vietnamese spot Hanoi House has a dessert bar running next door, in its former soup shop, through mid-October. According to a representative, the limited-time dessert station includes sundaes, such as a play on pineapple upside-down cake, a version with egg custard and Vietnamese iced coffee, and an option with black sesame, coconut tapioca, jackfruit, and candied ginger. Hanoi Dessert Shop is open weekends-only: Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 2 to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 2 to 9:30 p.m. 115 St. Mark’s Place, near Avenue A, East Village

Mắm at 70 Forsyth

In May, former Di An Di Chef Jerald Head, alongside his wife Nhung Dao Head, launched a summer-long Vietnamese food residency at 70 Forsyth Street, set to run through at least the end of summer. Expect plenty of snail dishes, fried tofu with vermicelli noodles and shrimp paste, and cha phe for dessert. On Fridays, dinner is 6 to 9 p.m. and weekend brunch is noon to 4 p.m. 70 Forsyth Street, near Hester Street, Lower East Side

Sea and Soil at Glorietta Baldy

Over the past year, “worker-owned sandwich cooperative” Sea and Soil has been popping up with a DIY set-up near Prospect Park. Over the summer, the team has been parking up more officially at Clinton Hill bar, Glorietta Baldy. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 12, there will be sandwiches, each $8, prepared on homemade bread. They plan to be at Glorietta Baldy for the remaining summer Fridays. 502 Franklin Avenue, near Fulton Street, Clinton Hill


August 5 — August 12

Pecking House at the Noortwyck

Before Pecking House — the pandemic-era hit fried chicken pop-up — opens its own restaurant later this summer in Prospect Heights, owner Eric Huang is popping up in Greenwich Village. Huang, a former Eleven Madison Park staffer, is collaborating on a dinner with the team at the Noortwyck, a restaurant that opened recently from fellow EMP alums. A representative tells Eater that the one-night-only event on Sunday, August 7 will include chicken wings with salt egg yolk and caviar, three-piece chile fried chicken with Szechuan peppercorns, and a fried chicken sandwich with foie gras and pineapple. Reservations can be made via Resy. 289 Bleecker Street, near Seventh Avenue South, Greenwich Village

Tikkun BBQ at Prince Abou’s Butchery

Already cherished Astoria newcomers, Prince Abou’s Butchery and Tikkun BBQ, are teaming up on the halal meat market’s grand opening on Saturday, August 6, at 8 p.m. Expect barbecued chicken, cheeseburgers with caramelized onions and house-made sausages that are smoked over cherry and hickory or grilled over charcoal. In 2020, Tikkun BBQ blew onto the scene with its barbecue fundraisers, and founder Eli Goldman tells Eater he admires how Abou Sow “really cares and thinks about the whole life cycle of the animal from birth to processing and butchering to your plate.” Sow tells Eater the local collab is a “beautiful match.” 32-88 Steinway Street, near 34th Avenue, Astoria — Caroline Shin, temp. reporter

Ăn Xôi at Le Phin

Saigon native and Ăn Xôi founder Thảo Bùi is bringing her mooncakes — available via pre-order — to Vietnamese coffee shop Lê Phin on Saturday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Then, on Sunday, August 7 from noon to 3 p.m. mooncakes will be sold at a private location at the border of Astoria and Woodside. Each box contains four cakes flavored with orange honey, matcha lotus seeds, coconut, and a combo of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds. 259 E. 10th Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A, East Village — Caroline Shin, temp. reporter

Border Town at Ore Bar

Border Town, a handmade flour tortilla company and a part of a growing artisanal flour tortilla scene in NYC, is once again popping up at dive bar Ore. Expect tacos during the bar’s operating hours this Friday, August 5. 277 Graham Avenue, near Grand Street, East Williamsburg

Vietnamese Filipino Barbecue at Essex Pearl

Chef Francis Maling, of Bad For Business Pop-Ups, is also the sous chef at Essex Pearl, a restaurant inside of Essex Crossing. On Wednesday, August 10, Maling will create a one-night-only Vietnamese and Filipino barbeuce menu alongside Essex Pearl executive chef Daniel Le. There are two seatings for the dinner, in collaboration with Bombay Sapphire: 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $88 per person and include several skewers, dessert, and cocktails. Tickets can be purchased online. 88 Essex Street, at Delancey Street, basement level, Lower East Side

Alex Harris at Brooklyn Grange

Chef Alex Harris, a Blue Smoke alum and the current culinary director at refugee-empowering non-profit Emma’s Torch, will host a rooftop dinner at the Sunset Park outpost of urban farm Brooklyn Grange. Held this Sunday, August 7, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., the $90 per person tickets include a prix fixe menu and three drinks. 850 Third Avenue, roof, Sunset Park

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