Pop-ups have long thrived in New York City, but over the past couple of years, they have 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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Cake pop-up Cafe 99 will sell sweets at wine bar Rhodora next week. Think desserts like walnut hoshigaki tart with warm toffee sauce and cinnamon whipped cream. Thursday, February 29 from 5 to 11 p.m. 197 Adelphi Street, at Willoughby Avenue, Fort Greene
Chef Phoebe Tran will serve Vietnamese bites at this listening party at the cafe and arts space Head Hi. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the February 29 event. 146 Flushing Avenue, at Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn Navy Yard
This Park Slope Cambodian and Trinidadian cafe and bar is hosting Saturday soup pop-ups until April. There will be Cambodian chicken rice soup. It’s a winter version of a grill party the space has thrown during the warmer weather. Think of it as an open house gathering, where karaoke is a perk. 259 Fourth Avenue, near Carroll Street, Park Slope
Since January, roving breakfast taco pop-up Border Town has taken over this Greenpoint ice cream shop during its winter recess. Thursday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until sold out (and they have been). On Sundays, owner Jorge Aguilar is back at Clinton Hill coffee shop Commune. Catch Border Town on Instagram for the latest specials and hours. 145 Driggs Avenue, at Russell Street, Greenpoint
Justin Smillie, formerly of Il Buco Alimentari in Manhattan, is hosting an ongoing residency at Popina, a pasta favorite of the Columbia Street Waterfront District. Smillie’s takeover runs until February 25. The menu lists dishes like fluke with cara cara orange, malfalda pasta with mushrooms, and agnolotti with braised duck leg and parsnip. Make a reservation online. 127 Columbia Street, at Kane Street, Columbia Street Waterfront District
Tamburo, a former chef at Claud and a Momofuku alum, is the latest chef in residency at Fulgurances, which frequently rotates its menu. Tamburo will serve a tasting menu at the restaurant starting until mid-March, but a la carte foods — lobster rolls, clam chowder, charcuterie — are also available. The tasting menu is $89 with an optional wine pairing for $65. 132 Franklin Street, near Greenpoint Avenue, Greenpoint
Maury Rubin, the owner of the iconic City Bakery, which closed in 2019, has been selling “one hot chocolate every two minutes for two months,” when he started popping up at an Urbanspace food hall. In February, Rubin is taking the business on the road. February 23 through 25, he’s selling hot chocolate at Magnolia Bakery on the Upper West Side. 200 Columbus Avenue, at West 69th Street, Upper West Side — Luke Fortney, reporter
The Mud Club, a Woodstock, New York, wood-fired bagel shop, is popping up on Orchard Street through the end of February; it’s taking over the front portion of the original Scarr’s, which is also home to a sushi counter from the same team. Plain, poppy, and everything bagels cost $3 each, and cream cheeses with smoked fish or scallion are a few dollars more. Bagel sandwiches range from $12 for a bacon, egg, and cheese to a $20 bagel with brisket, pickles, and hot mustard. The Mud Club is open Friday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. until it sells out. 22 Orchard Street, near Canal Street, Lower East Side — Luke Fortney, reporter2022-07-01T16:30:17Z dg43tfdfdgfd