Right now, there’s something comforting about the inherent transience of a pop-up. While the newness and strangeness of, well, everything might have us in a perpetual state of Monday-morning-after-a-long-weekend, new and different is what we expect from pop-ups. Whether you’re looking for a glimpse of normalcy, or you just want to try some wagyu beef corndogs, check out the 24 pop-ups on this guide.
From watching Moana fight cute little pirates, to seeing not-cute, not-little NHL players fight each other, there are a lot of things you can do at an ice rink. Thanks to Estela’s pop-up at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, one more activity to add to the list is eating snow crab, scallop crudo, and lobster with Urfa pepper labneh. For the month of September, groups of four or eight can reserve a table at the rink, and enjoy all of those dishes as part of a prix-fixe menu that costs $125 per person.
Like Estela, Frenchette is also offering a $125 per person prix-fixe pop-up at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. On alternating days until September 26th, groups of four or eight can eat French dishes like summer corn vichyssoise and terrine de pintade a few feet from where Mr. Deeds chases down Winona Ryder’s fake mugger. You can see each restaurant’s schedule, and book reservations here.
When you think of an ideal spot for a block party, Midtown probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. And while you still won’t see any lawn chairs or kiddie pools, Midtown Social is doing their part by supplying hot dogs, chopped cheese sandwiches, potato salad, and Italian ice. Sit at one of their outdoor tables Monday through Friday from 11am-9pm, or bring your food a block away to Bryant Park.
San Antonio's Wood Fired Pizza
2.38% - it’s about the chances Vegas gives either the Giants or Jets of winning this year’s Super Bowl, and it’s the fraction of time each week when you can get San Antonio’s Wood Fired Pizza. From 5-9pm on Friday nights, they park their oven in front of 132 Eagle Street in Greenpoint, and serve bubbly, charred pies for takeout and BYOB outdoor tables.
OddFellows Ice Cream Co.
Oddfellows has teamed up with Desus and Mero (The Bodega Boys) to launch a set of bodega-inspired ice cream flavors, like the “Baconeggncheese” that’s made with smoked cream ice cream, candied bacon and egg yolks, and whipped cheese cream. For the next couple weeks, all of their flavors are being served out of an ice cream truck driving around the city, with dates and locations changing every day. A portion of all sales will be donated to The Legal Aid Society, including orders made through their website for nationwide delivery.
Karasu always seems to be somewhere you don’t expect. Usually, that means running a Japanese speakeasy and izakaya in a back room of Walter’s in Fort Greene. And currently, it means operating a pop-up at 128 Meserole Street in East Williamsburg. Wednesday through Sunday until Halloween, they’re serving skewers and small plates, karaage fried chicken, and excellent cocktails at outdoor tables beginning at 5pm.
Her Name Is Han is offering weekly ssambap bapsang sets Friday through Sunday. For $45, you can have pork belly, braised mackerel, and a bunch of sides delivered directly to your door. They also offer a drink supplement, which includes three beers and a bottle of soju for $20.
Woldy Kusina x Ursula x Brutus Bakeshop
What happens when a New Mexican-inspired cafe, a well known Filipino caterer, and a vegan bakery team up for a one-day-only event? You get a lot of delicious food. Dishes like hatch green chili and sweet corn lumpia with vegan queso dip, and coconut rice fried chicken sandwiches with chili-ginger sauce are being served from 1-8pm on September 13th at Dame Summer Club in Greenwich Village, with a portion of proceeds going to support The Soapbox Presents.
Hilltown Hot Pies
If you’re heading up to the Hudson Valley in September, consider checking out Hilltown Hot Pies, a pizza pop-up on Katchkie Farm in Kinderhook. Their Neapolitan-style pies, which are made with local ingredients, are available for takeout, or you can place an order ahead of time through their website, and eat it at a table overlooking the organic farm between 4-8pm Thursday through Sunday.
In Hudson, the people behind the temporarily closed Lil’ Deb’s Oasis are currently running a pop-up called Fuego 69 at the Riverton Lodge. From 3-5pm, you can hang out in the hotel’s backyard and order drinks, or stop by for dinner between 5-9pm, when they’re serving dishes like buckwheat flatbread topped with buckwheat honey and fried buckwheat groats. 69 cents from every dish is donated to local and national racial justice causes.
Brooklyn’s Paulie Gee’s is hosting a new pop-up with Edith’s, a Jewish deli that’s serving pizza bagels, latke BEC sandwiches, challah knots, and more from this popular Greenpoint pizza place. You can try their baked goods, plus things like smoked fish and cream cheese for takeout or on Paulie Gee’s outdoor patio every Thursday through Sunday through October.
This nomadic burger joint has already hosted pop-ups at spots like Marshall Stack, Ray’s, and Smile To-Go this summer, and their cheeseburgers photos look disturbingly delicious. You can choose whether you want a single or double-patty burger, but both options will always come loaded with caramelized onions and a cascading waterfall of melted cheddar cheese. They haven’t announced where they’ll be popping up next, but you can expect to hear more information soon via their Instagram.
Smile To Go
Yardy, a Caribbean catering company, is now offering delivery and takeout out of the Soho Smile To-Go location on Howard Street from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday through Friday. Check out the menu of things like shrimp skewers, tamarind ginger chicken, and a galette with caramelized onion and chayote squash - and place your order here.
Holy Ground’s space in Tribeca isn’t a standard venue for a BBQ spot. Instead of paper napkins and canned beer, you’ll find red leather booths and martinis. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that its pop-up isn’t traditional either. They’ve put a custom smoker and grill on the back of a 1966 Chevy pickup truck, which they park in front of various partner-restaurants around the city. On Wednesdays, you’ll find them at Ray’s on the LES, Friday and Sunday at Donna in Williamsburg, and Thursday through Sunday at Elsewhere in Bushwick. Perhaps most fitting given their current setup, they’re also operating out of the parking lot of Joe’s Auto Repair, next to We Got Company, in Williamsburg on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The outdoor patio at Celestine is always impressive. It’s on the waterfront in Dumbo, and its views of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline will make you understand why so many people take their wedding photos a few steps away. And this summer, it’s hosting Bad Trip, a pop-up serving fantastic cheeseburgers and frozen cocktails. Order at the outdoor counter and find one of their seat-yourself tables from 2-9pm Wednesday through Sunday.
A series of Black chefs and entrepreneurs are operating pop-ups at Maison Yaki for two week stints until October 25th. Currently, Mavis-Jay Sanders and Sicily Sierra, the founders of Food + People, are serving dishes like fried chicken and pancakes, spicy meatloaf burgers, and peach cobbler ice cream until through September 13th.
Every weekend, this all-day American spot sets up Gertie Summer Shack out front on Grand Street. From 4-9pm on Friday, 10:30am-9pm on Saturday, and 10:30am-6pm on Sunday, you can stop by for things like chicken schnitzel sandwiches on challah, smoked shrimp rolls with Old Bar aioli, and mezcal lemonades or summer shandies.
The only way we can imagine leaving this Flushing spot off the NYC dumpling podium is if you’ve never tried their pork and chive or lamb and cilantro dumplings. Fortunately for people in Manhattan, that’s now easier than ever, as Dumpling Galaxy has set up a takeout and delivery operation on the Upper West Side. You can place an order any day between 4-9:30pm through their website.
A pastry chef who has worked at Cafe Altro Paradiso and Flora Bar is running a weekly dessert pop-up series at Superiority Burger called “Never Ending Taste.” Every Sunday she makes a different set of gelato, sorbet, and cakes (all for $7), and the profits go to a rotating charity. You can keep up with the weekly menu, check out special collaboration announcements, and find out how to order here.
This Prospect Heights American spot has turned its backyard into “Olmsted Summer Camp” for the summer. As you might expect from one of our favorite restaurants in the city, their take on camp food is a far cry from the sloppy joes and mostly-defrosted chicken nuggets you may have had as a kid. They’re serving things like wagyu beef corndogs, dill pickled fried chicken, and tonkatsu ribs - all of which is available on a first come, first served basis Wednesday through Sunday from 5-11pm.
City Winery Pop Up
City Winery, which just opened a massive new location in the Hudson Valley, is operating a pop-up wine garden at Rockefeller Center. Every day from 1-7pm on the plaza between 50th and 51st, you can get City Winery’s house wine on tap, as well snacks like charcuterie, various cheeses, and burrata.
This Tribeca diner is currently operating a pop-up in front of their space on Church Street. What does a diner’s pop-up look like? Well, rather than staying open from 6-12am with a menu ranging from avocado omelets to baby lamb chops, they’re only serving a few snacks, like lobster rolls and grilled corn salad, from 11am-8pm Wednesday through Sunday. They’ve also put some tent-covered tables on the street, where you can hang out and drink a frozen cocktail.
Mikey Likes It x Kolkata Chai Co
Kolkata Chai and Mikey Likes It have teamed up to create a chai ice cream and chai-affogato, which they’re promoting through a series of pop-ups around the city. The most recent event was at Mikey’s location in Harlem, where they served chai ice cream with chai-spiced waffles to people who RSVP’d here. The next pop-up hasn’t been announced yet, so if you don’t want to wait, you can get the triple vanilla bean ice cream infused with chai spice mix and caramel at Kolkata’s East Village location until the end of the summer.
Two different non-profit pop-ups - Rock City Pizza and Bang Bang Chicken - are operating out of Ani Ramen in Jersey City. They’re offering Detroit-style pizzas and Thai rotisserie chicken for takeout and delivery, with proceeds going to support frontline medical staff and displaced hospitality workers in their communities. When you order through Be Awesome Feed Somebody, you have the option to donate pizza or rotisserie chicken to frontline workers at discounted prices.