Our 10 Best Pop-Up Restaurants in NYC

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7. Brooklyn Taco Company, Donna, 27 Broadway, Brooklyn

Donna offers serious cocktails, and the Brooklyn Taco Company offers equally serious small plates to match. From Thursday through Saturday, the roving taqueria--which operated previously out of Artists & Fleas and maintains a full-time location in a stall at Essex Street Market--sets up a menu of inventive tortilla-wrapped bites, and you can pair drinks like the tequila-based fiery dame with a chilorio taco, a mix of braised beef brisket, chilorio sauce, and pineapple salsa in a soft corn round.

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Dominic Perri
6. Lucy Roux, D.B.A Brooklyn, 113 North Seventh Street, Brooklyn

An unlikely respite for inventive Cajun and Caribbean fare, D.B.A. Brooklyn is a pop-up factory, and Lucy Roux is the second Louisiana-themed culinary venture to offer empanadas and po' boys to hungry drinkers at this New Orleans-inspired watering hole. Owners Leah Word and Julio Marcial named their venture for their mothers, and they're serving family recipes for red beans and rice and bocalaitos Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, with occasional additional appearances on weeknights. Read more about Lucy Roux in my profile this week.

Liz Barclay
5. Chez Jose, Whirlybird, 254 South Second Street, Brooklyn

Whirlybird started out as a place known for offering great breakfast tacos. Then Jose Ramirez-Ruiz and Pamela Yung, formerly of the exceptionally out-there restaurant Isa, opted to focus their talents on running a vegetable-heavy weekly dinner series at this location, serving an intimate party of diners multiple seasonal courses. Meat-lovers might also want to check out the whole roasted pig party Ramirez-Ruiz throws with John Ratliff, a Greenpoint-based charcutier, on Sundays at nearby Crown Victoria.

Sue Rissberger
4. Bunna Cafe, 941 Willoughby Avenue and additional locations, Brooklyn

Many pop-ups focus on securing a standing spot at a local bar. Vegan Ethiopian Bunna Cafe bucks the trend, instead appearing in a variety of businesses in Bushwick, where it's based, and beyond. Given coffee's importance in Ethiopian culture, the self-described traveling restaurant frequently lands at cafes like Little Skips (where it will serve walk-ins from June 19-21), though it also does a monthly vegan dinner at Pine Box Rock Shop, and has shown up on rooftops and in private apartments. Bunna also runs the Habesha Nights dinner series, which brings people together in unique locations to share music, food, and drink with one another. The next installment takes place on July 7 at the Morgan L stop.

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27 N. 6th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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Category: Restaurant


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Category: Restaurant

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