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 Singaporean restaurant at an East Village bakery to a former Bessou chef at a Lower East Side Vietnamese spot. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
December 9 — 16
Washington Heights Singaporean spot Native Noodles, originally known for its Queens Night Market stand, is hosting a pop-up on Saturday, December 10, at the bakery Eater NY dubbed the best of the year. That’s right, Native Noodles will be selling savory dishes at Lady Wong this week, starting at 11:30 a.m. Preorders are live. 332 E. Ninth Street, near Second Avenue, East Village
Native Noodles will also be selling signature dishes like its laksa on Sunday, December 11 at the Tradesman bar, alongside Singapore-inspired cocktails made for the event. 222 Bushwick Avenue, near Meserole Street, East Williamsburg
Ahead of the 2023 opening of Greenpoint Japanese restaurant Lingo, chef Emily Yuen, formerly of Bessou, is hosting a dinner at the Lower East Side’s Saigon Social. The Japanese and Vietnamese six-course menu (think: cauliflower tempura and mussels and clams in a ginger-miso broth) will take place on Tuesday, December 13, with one seating at 7 p.m. $75 per person. 172 Orchard Street, at Stanton Street, Lower East Side
New southern pop-up Dear Henry by chef Renae Wilson is coming to Honey’s in Bushwick on December 16 and 17. The menu lists andouille chicken and seafood gumbo and vegetarian okra and mushroom gumbo. Both come with dirty greens rice. Hours are 6 p.m. until sold-out. Walk-ins welcome. 93 Scott Avenue, at Randolph Street, Bushwick
The latest chef takeover at residency space Ostudio is from Norberto Piattoni, the chef behind the wood-fired pop-up the Modestos. The last day to experience it is Saturday, December 10. 366 Stockton Street, near Broadway, Bed-Stuy
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 two-day event held at the clothing store Alex Mill. Stop by the Soho shop on December 9 and 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
Eater is hosting a pop-up of our very own starting this weekend. Shop an Eater-curated collection of food and home finds, pop in for spirited tastings, and get holiday cooking advice from our favorite cookbook authors and chefs. Check out the full list of events and RSVP online. The market debuts on Saturday, December 10, and runs until December 18 (note: it will be closed Monday, December 12). 131 Greene Street, between Prince and West Houston streets, Soho
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
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
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
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
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
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. 147 Greene Avenue, near Washington Avenue, Clinton Hill
December 2 — 9
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, December 4 event are open on Resy here. 506 Laguardia Place, near West Houston Street, West Village
Gangjin, a seafood pop-up from the chef from Osakana, is heading back to pizzeria Leo on Monday, December 5. 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
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
Instagram-famous cake maker Aimee France (@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