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The Hottest Pop-Ups in NYC Right Now

From affogatos for breakfast in Clinton Hill to a red chile feast in Bed-Stuy

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Desserts from pop-up 99 will be available in Clinton Hill this weekend.
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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 affogatos for breakfast in Clinton Hill to a red chile feast in Bed-Stuy, these are the pop-ups you won’t want to miss this week. 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.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.


September 23 — 30

99 at Prima

Cake pop-up 99 is heading to a Clinton Hill coffee shop this Sunday, September 25 for a morning event, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 99 tells Eater that the menu includes yogurt parfaits, dulce de leche fig cake, honey ice cream affogato, and carrot cake. 147 Greene Avenue, near Classon Avenue, Clinton Hill

Ursula at Winona’s

On Monday, September 26, Ursula’s Eric See and his team are hosting a New Mexican-style red chile feast — four courses served fresh, fermented, roasted, and dried. According to a representative, the menu is $70 per person and includes dishes like rose harissa and whipped ricotta toast, a red chile-peach-avocado crudo, red chile relleno with corn, and a whiskey cake with pecan ice cream and red chile caramel. Vegan substitutions are available for each course and there’s an optional add-on of $20 for oysters with red chile hot vinegar. Reservations can be booked online. 676 Flushing Avenue, near Whipple Street, Bed-Stuy

88 East Fair at East Broadway Mall

Local organization Welcome to Chinatown is throwing an event called 88 East Fair at the East Broadway Mall in Manhattan. Expect a scavenger hunt with prizes like Fly by Jing and Omsom products as well as an exhibition highlighting small businesses in Chinatown, mahjong, tea tastings, and more. A representative tells Eater the event runs on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Follow the Welcome to Chinatown Instagram for more information. 88 East Broadway, at Forsyth Street, Chinatown

Embutidos Capin at El Pingüino

El Pingüino, a newish cocktail bar known for its seafood towers, is fundraising for Puerto Rico relief efforts from Hurricane Fiona with pop-up Embutidos Capin on Sunday, September 25. From 4 to 10 p.m. trade in the usual tinned fish for bites like salt fish escabeche and Puerto Rican-style grilled chicken, to pair with a strong Negroni. 25 Greenpoint Avenue, at West Street, Greenpoint

Susan Kim and Patch Troffer at Honey’s

Chefs Susan Kim and Patch Troffer are teaming up again at Honey’s on Sunday, September 25. Per the flier, starting at 5 p.m. find a “summer send-off” of skewers, salads, and “pickles galore.” 93 Scott Avenue, at Randolph Street, Bushwick

Canal Cafeteria at Ludlow Street

Food distribution organization Canal Cafeteria is throwing a fundraiser on Saturday, September 24 on the Lower East Side — parked on the sidewalk right outside of Mel’s bakery. There will be bites from Mel, Wildair, Lamb’s Club, Onda, JaJaJa, and Le Dive, as well as DJ spins and carnival games. All funds go towards providing grocery access on the LES. 1 Ludlow Street, at Division Street, Lower East Side

Badmaash at L’Industrie

Los Angeles Indian spot Badmaash is in town for the second annual “Fuck That’s Delicious” block party, hosted by rapper and food personality Action Bronson at L’industrie pizzeria. According to a Badmaash representative, the block party starts at noon where the team will serve tandoori chicken wings with green chutney ranch. 254 S. Second Street, near Havemeyer Street, South Williamsburg

7 Doors Down Ramen Co at Koko’s

Brand new Bloomfield, New Jersey Nikkei-style ramen joint 7 Doors Down is debuting a pop-up at East Williamsburg Nikkei bar Koko’s. The collab starts at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, and costs $95 for a seven-course tasting menu of Nikkei interpretations of takoyaki, duck confit ramen, and smoked eggplant katsu sandos. Tickets for the event are live. 588 Grand Street, near Lorimer Street, East Williamsburg

Pretty Good at Ops

Ben Cavar, an alum of the popular Wax Paper sandwich counters in Los Angeles, is headed to Ops in Bushwick next week with his pandemic-born pop-up Pretty Good. Black bean veggie burgers with white cheddar and pickled onions ($15) are the star; place your pre-orders here for pick-up on Monday, September 26 between 5 and 9 p.m. 346 Himrod Street, near Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick

Ongoing

Tony Ortiz at Ostudio

Starting Monday, September 19, through Friday, September 30, chef Tony Ortiz will be in residence at Ostudio cooking “Californian cuisine with Mexican influence,” that’s also informed by a queer culinary outlook. 366 Stockton Street, near Broadway, Bed-Stuy


September 16 — 23

Dacha 46 at Agi’s Counter

Eastern European pop-up Dacha 46 is hosting a dinner at Crown Heights’ Agi’s Counter, recently named one of the best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit. The $155 per person, five-course dinner, features dishes like a fried squash blossom khachapuri, rillettes with Sungold tomatoes, cumin-braised short ribs, and profiteroles with black currant ice cream. Tickets are available for seatings at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20. 818 Franklin Avenue, near Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights

Cybille St. Aude-Tate and Food With Fam at Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure

The new Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit is hosting a three-part dinner series in celebration of the storied artist. First up is an event on Tuesday, September 20 with chef Cybille St. Aude-Tate, co-owner of Philadelphia’s Honeysuckle Projects, in partnership with mutual aid food organization Food With Fam. Tickets for the multi-course Haitian American meal are $200 per person and can be purchased online. Following the dinner, on Saturday, September 24, Food With Fam will distribute free groceries at the Gowanus Community Center on behalf of Basquiat’s estate, per the flier. Starrett-Lehigh Building, at West 26th Street, Chelsea

Kasama at Atoboy

Acclaimed Chicago restaurant, recently dubbed a top 50 new restaurant by Bon Appetit, will fuse its Filipino flavors with Nomad Korean hot spot Atoboy. Held on Wednesday, September 21, the one-night-only dinner service, is priced at $180 per person. Act fast if you’re interested: Reservations are nearly all booked up. 43 E. 28th Street, near Park Avenue South, Nomad

Will This Make Me Happy at Ostudio

Tanya Bush’s dessert pop-up Will This Make Me Happy is headed to Bed-Stuy with a night filled with sweet treats like horchata tiramisu on Tuesday, September 20 alongside Ostudio chef-in-residence Tony Ortiz’s savory menu. Reservations are available online. 366 Stockton Street, near Broadway, Bed-Stuy

Hera at For All Things Good

On Monday, September 19, chef Jay Rodriguez of roaming dinner party-style pop-up Hera will be cooking at Mexican all-day cafe For All Things Good’s Williamsburg location. According to the flier, there are seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. for the five-course tasting menu. A la carte options are also available as is wine selected by the For All Things Good team. Rodriguez then heads to Fort Greene wine bar Rhodora on Tuesday, September 20, and Wednesday, September 21, where he’ll be cooking a la carte on the hearth. 314 Grand Street, at Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg

Shorty Tang & Sons Noodle at Yun Hai

Sesame chile vinegar oil brand Shorty Tang & Sons is hosting a noodle pop-up at Taiwanese American pantry shop Yun Hai, on Saturday, September 17, from noon until sold out. According to the flier, the chile vinegar oil brand is named in honor of the late Shorty Tang, who opened Chinatown restaurant, Hwa Yuan, in 1971, and is operated by his family. At the pop-up, find sesame noodles as well as a dan dan version, with Shorty Tang & Sons products also for sale. 170 Montrose Avenue, near Graham Avenue, East Williamsburg


September 9 — 16

Nura at Upside Pizza

Until Thursday, September 15, slice shop Upside Pizza is slinging pies in collaboration with restaurant neighbor Nura in Greenpoint. Nura chef Jackie Carnesi has developed a green chorizo kofta pie with cashew crema, mozzarella, beet pickled onions, and dill, while pastry chef Sam Short has developed soft serve flavors, such as one with pepper passion fruit jam, available at Upside. Available at Upside’s Greenpoint location only. 640 Manhattan Avenue, at Bedford Avenue, Greenpoint

Banchan by Sunny at Grimm Artisanal Ales

Hot off a residency at Lower East Side wine bar Peoples, Banchan by Sunny has been hosting some of the most fun pop-ups this summer. Next up? Grimm Artisanal Ales taproom. On Saturday, September 10, from 2 p.m. until sold out, there will be anju, spicy squid, banchan boxes, jumeok bap, and hotteok to pair with beers on tap. 990 Metropolitan Avenue, between Catherine Street and Morgan Avenue, East Williamsburg

A Balcony in Brooklyn at Daughter

Pastry pop-up A Balcony in Brooklyn is headed to Crown Heights coffee shop Daughter on Sunday, September 11, with treats like mango coconut tres leches, blueberry ricotta cornmeal cake, and herb and pecorino biscuits, from 9 a.m. until sold-out. If you can’t make it, A Balcony in Brooklyn is slated to host the pop-up again at Daughter on the following Sunday, September 18. 1090 St. John’s Place, at Kingston Avenue, Crown Heights

Lil’ Deb’s Oasis at Brothers Rockaway

In celebration of the recent publishing of their new cookbook, Please Wait to Be Tasted, Hudson favorite Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, is headed to the Rockaways on Thursday, September 15, from 5 to 8 p.m.. Hosted at juice bar Brothers, there will be bites from the cookbook as well as the cookbooks themselves for sale, according to the flier. 106-01 Shore Front, at Rockaway Beach Boardwalk, Rockaways

Güd Güds and Baan at Ostudio

Thai and Korean flavors combine at this dinner by Edmond Hong (Güd Güds) and Brendan Chareoncharutkun (Baan), held this weekend, on September 10 and 11, at Ostudio. The five-course tasting menu is priced at $80 and includes dishes like nam prik, acorn jelly with heirloom tomatoes and herbs, and black sesame custard with chile peanut candy. Book a reservation on Resy. 366 Stockton Street, near Broadway, Bed-Stuy

Bar Futo at Other Half Brewing

One of Portland, Maine’s most anticipated restaurants Bar Futo (from the team behind Crispy Gai) is previewing its menu of binchotan-fired skewers at Other Half Brewing, according to a representative. The event runs on Friday, September 16 from noon until 7 p.m. 195 Centre Street, between Court and Smith streets, Gowanus

Shy’s Burgers at Cactus Store

Trade your back-of-the-closet treasures for a burger or six at roving pop-up Shy’s this weekend. The team is setting up shop at plant and home goods spot Cactus Store on the Lower East Side on Sunday, September 11 from 1 to 4 p.m., where they’ll be slinging burgers in exchange for traded goods that may include foreign cigarettes, printed dissertations, and old magazines, according to the event flyer. One thing’s clear: No money allowed. 5 Essex Street, near Canal Street, Lower East Side

Ghia at Upside Pizza

On Friday, September 9, Upside Pizza is also throwing a block party at its Soho location with non-alcoholic spritz company Ghia and menswear brand Noah for New York’s fashion week. There will be soft serve from Upside’s ice cream offshoot Softside available from 6 p.m. until late. 51 Spring Street, at Mulberry Street, Soho

The Acre at Brooklyn Grange

Ridgewood cafe the Acre is hosting a dinner on Sunday, September 11, on the rooftop of Brooklyn Grange Sunset Park that will feature a menu of foraged items from “forest to seat,” according to a representative. The tasting menu dinner highlights ingredients like sumac, sea beans, and beach plums. Tickets are $90 apiece and include the dinner and three drinks. 850 Third Avenue, roof, Sunset Park

Little Grenjai’s Tender Bits Supper Club

Delivery-only Thai restaurant Little Grenjai is throwing their fourth “Tender Bits” supper club. On Friday, September 9, expect a dinner party filled with music, wine, Thai-style elote, massaman curry with braised short rib, and sweet corn popsicles. Tickets are $75 per person and are available here. 383 Bridge Street, near Willoughby Street, Downtown Brooklyn

Suya House at Refuge

Popular West African pop-up Suya House is bringing its smoked, spiced meats to Bed-Stuy coffee newcomer Refuge on Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is part of a pop-up flea market that Refuge coordinated with Suya House and 14 other vendors selling food, drinks, clothing, art, and more. 80 Vernon Avenue, near Marcy Avenue, Bed-Stuy

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