2012 The year of the Pop Up


Pop ups are not a new phenomenon but this past year we have seen way more than usual. I believe there is a fabulous entrepreneurial and collaborative energy in the air that is helping chefs network and learn from each other through this culinary kind of cross pollination. The result of these collaborative dinners is not only the incredible food or the contagious energy in the kitchen but also the wonderful people that we get to meet while sitting around the table. (side note…These pop up events act like homing devices for foodies, just like Comic-Con does for the comic and gaming geeks… Speaking of which you must see this blast from the past)

Pop ups have been popping up all over the city but the vast majority of them have taken place in Brooklyn, one of the most up and coming culinary destinations. In a matter of 12 months brooklyn has hosted Two of the cutting edge Food Festivals: Omnivore and Le Fooding, both of which has brought some of the youngest and brightest rising stars like The Young Turks, Magnus Nilson, Inaki Aizpitarte & Betrand Grebaut. In addition to these major events we also had some smaller projects like Frej, Chef Jose and the always fun Roberta’s Garden Dinners. While brooklyn was where it was at, there were some other fantastic events taking place in Manhattan such as the much anticipated Alinea dinner at Eleven Madison Park and lets not forget about the delicious Um Segredo dinners on Roosevelt island.

Stay tuned for our next two posts where we will review the best European and United States restaurants. (We should of had this out yesterday but it just so happens that Jose and I both came down with the flu.boo!) Enjoy!



popupsJose Ramirez-Ruiz and Pam Yung, The hardest working couple in the business.
In addition to the Pig Roast, one of our favorite weekly events, Jose and Pam also run The Chez jose, Vegetable forward dinners at Whirlybird in Williamsburg. For future reservations email: chezjosebk[at]gmail.com


popups2Chef Enrique Olvera from the famous restaurant Pujol teamed up with Chef Alex Stupak, and Lauren Resler for this incredible dinner at Empellon, organized by The Push Project Series.

Pujol at Empellon Cocina
105 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003
Neighborhood: East Village
(212) 780-0999

popups31.  Betrand Grebaut – Septime, Paris, France
2.  Magnus Nilsson – Faviken, Sweden

popups4Chefs Jose Ramirez-Ruiz (Chez Jose) and Gabriel Moya (Calyer Brooklyn )


popups5Chefs Richard Kuo and Fredrik Berselius Opened Frej in 2012 and it has since closed. In its place is a permanent restaurant called Aska headed up by Fredrik. Richard Kuo has also opened his own restaurant called Pearl & Ash.  (excited to try it!)

Aska at Kinfolk Studios,
90 Wythe Ave., at N. 11th St., Williamsburg

Pearl & Ash
220 Bowery, New York NY/ Between Prince and Spring
(212) 837-2370

popups6Grant Achatz from Alinea made a grand appearance at Daniel Humm’s Eleven Madison Park


popups7David Santos and his pop up dinner club, Um segredo was a huge success. So huge in fact, that he was able to open his own restaurant Louro in the West Village.

142 West 10th St., West Village

popups8Chef Max Sussman was the chef behind Roberta’s Garden dinner.  Max also opened one of the most hyped sandwich restaurants this year, Mile End.

Roberta’s Garden – Max Sussman
261 Broome St
Brooklyn, NY

Mile End Delicatessen
97A Hoyt Street,
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn


Aldea Restaurant hosted Aki Kamozowa & Alexander Talbot of Ideas in Food
Aldea. What a treat it was to finally try their cooking!

31 West 17th Street New York, NY 10011
(212) 675-722


popupsgovernorThe Perennial Plate’s Season Three; ‘Real Food World Tour’ hosted by Brad McDonald  Sean Brock– Husk and Daniel Klein at the Governor

The Governor
15 Main St
(between Water St & Plymouth St)
New York, NY 11201


What a year for pop up dining! We honestly cant wait to see what kind of fantastic and spontaneous events come about this coming year! We do know a few that we have already gotten seats for: David Toutain and Mugaritz at Atera! Those are going to be without a doubt amazing!! Stay Tuned!


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  1. Hi, great site – I can get lost in it! I was wondering if you send out emails of the blog or do you just have to check back periodically? If you have a list, can you please add me? Thanks
    Jennifer Kohn
    The Kneaded Bread & Q Restaurant & Bar

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