With Wednesdays, Chef Jenny Dorsey and mixologist Matt Dorsey (the pair also happen to be husband and wife) invite guests to enjoy a standard private dinner party “except with a professional food and beverage program.” A seven-course meal is complimented by a four-course cocktail flight at these pop-up gatherings, occurring every two to three months. Guests may expect such varied dishes as “drunk” duck breast with homemade matcha noodles and charred Japanese eggplant with black garlic.
Is it too early to plan our meals for September? Not when PlaceInvaders is involved. The traveling pop-up club is back in New York for six dinners, suppers, and brunches from September 15–17, 2017. Details have yet to be disclosed, but trust the club, whose past events have taken place in a 1950s-era penthouse and the former site of a Notorious B.I.G video shoot, to end your summer on a high note. A five-course meal featuring unlimited wine and cocktails is what’s on the menu at this “intimate dinner with a dash of voyeurism.”
Billing itself as an “underground supper club,” SubCulture Dining is leading a “Culinary r(E)volution” in New York City, one mouthwatering meal at a time. Don’t bother trying to pin this punk pop-up series down—they don’t disclose the locations until the day of the event, and they don’t finalize the menus, which feature five to a whopping 17 courses, until hours before the meal begins. Only asking that guests bring “no attitude and no pretentious BS,” SubCulture Dining handles the rest with flair.
OMAR’s Private Dining Club
A supper club worth splurging on, OMAR’s is a “private dining members club” where guests receive VIP treatment every visit. Globally minded cuisine, including lamb and mint sliders and hamachi “toastadas,” caters to cosmopolitan diners who are guaranteed a table and access to private rooms at this upscale Greenwich Village eatery. At $1,500 annually or $10,000 for a lifetime membership, this supper club serves up a taste of luxury.
Twice a month, museums, galleries, and studios across New York are taken over by enthusiasts of the “culinary and visual arts.” With personable chef and art lover Stephanie “Chefanie” Nass at the helm, Victory Club hosts anywhere from eight to 70 diners ranging from 21 to 40 years old at its events. These gatherings, which feature hand-painted menus and unfussy dishes, such as summer corn soup, shrimp salad, and gluten-free almond cake, provide a comfortable environment ideal for bonding with strangers over shared interests. If it feels like you’re dining among friends at Victory Club, it’s because you are.
The Tuscan Gun
The Tuscan Gun’s Gabriele Corcos wears many hats: chef, James Beard Award recipient, star of the Food Network’s Extra Virgin, and the host of one of the city’s best supper clubs. Once a month, Corcos opens his compact café to a small selection of guests craving a taste of Tuscany. At themed dinners, such as “The Hunt” and “A Tuscan Summer In Brooklyn,” diners dig into five-course meals featuring dishes such as pappardelle with wild boar, pork sausage cooked in white wine, and herbed prosciutto pasta.
What began as one college student’s creative outlet hosted out of a Columbia dorm room has evolved into a weekly dinner party praised by The New York Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and more. Wunderkind Chef Jonah Reider has since graduated, and with him, so has Pith. Now situated in a Brooklyn townhouse, the supper club still retains its characteristic “improvisational” quality thanks to Reider’s commitment to using only fresh, seasonal ingredients. Interested foodies are encouraged to join the club’s mailing list to be the first to hear about upcoming dates.
Get to know the creators behind the cuisine at some of New York City’s top restaurants. At Tasting Collective’s dinner and brunch events, guests may enjoy a menu, with eight to 10 courses, hand-crafted by local chefs who emerge throughout the meal to share their inspiration and stories. Past hosts have included the popular Mile End, Huertas, and Win Son, where off-menu and signature dishes alike were enjoyed with abandon by Collective members. At just $165, annual membership to this weekly event series is a steal.
Ajito: The Hideout
Only in New York City can one of the area’s best Japanese eateries be found in a nondescript residential building. With Ajito: The Hideout, a Japanese-born chef simply known as Ai has earned an unexpected cult-like following for her artful and informative dinner parties held in her family’s Williamsburg home. Utilizing vegetables and herbs grown on her own rooftop farm, Ai creates thoughtful vegetarian and pescatarian dishes, such as marinated fish with house-pickled ginger and homemade sesame tofu with Japanese cherry blossom sauce. Not your average dinner party, meals at the ajito can feature upward of seven beautifully plated courses. This summer, snag a seat at this best-kept foodie secret for around $70.
Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farms
A favorite summer pastime in New York City, rooftop dining doesn’t get any better than at Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farms. Throughout the summer, crawfish boils, cooking workshops, and more take place atop the world’s largest rooftop farm. The spot’s popular Butcher Paper Dinner series may be sold out for the season, but tickets to the farm’s Compost Dinner and Rooftop Summer Supper events are still available. Fresh, seasonal meals enjoyed amongst nature and the New York City skyline alike? It sounds like a delicious dining experience.