Find Pop-Ups and Limited-Edition Dining in Boston

Your guide to everything from pop-up whiskey tastings to an underground supper club.

Chef Marc Sheehan plates a dish at a recent Brasstacks event, which you can read about below. (Photo by Rob Strong)

When it comes to dining out in Boston, there’s no shortage of fantastic restaurants to visit. Those looking to mix it up a bit more, however, can seek out opportunities for clandestine, under-the-radar eats. From whiskey tastings to vegan Cuban fare, here’s where to seek out local limited-edition dining experiences.

Barrio:
Wheeler de Toro, a noted pop-up restauranteur and vegan ice cream maker, is at it again; according to Eater Boston, Barrio, a pop-up event featuring Afro-Cuban street food, is scheduled for an event on Thursday, March 8th at 8:30 p.m. Some details remain in the dark (like the location), but don’t miss the chance to try some Cuban food — especially since this event also will showcase the talents of Neptune Oyster chef Michael Serpa. Purchase tickets by emailing rayna.verbeck@gmail.com, Thu Mar 8, 8:30 p.m., location to be announced.

Moonshine:
Whiskey lovers, listen up: Jamaica Plain’s Bella Luna will host a pop-up Whiskey Bar on March 13th, according to Grub Street Boston. The shindig will offer an array of whiskey (not moonshine, alas) from different regions around the world. To keep the booze from hitting you too hard, there will also be an Irish-themed cheeseboard, grilled oysters with pickled ginger, bourbon pecans, and short ribs. $30/person, purchase tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/230490, Tue March 13, 7-9 p.m., Bella Luna is located in The Brewery Complex, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, milkywayjp.com, 617-524-3740.

Whisk:
After successful trial run late January, Whisk’s pop-up tasting dinners, a project helmed by L’Espalier alum Philip Kruta, is here to stay. Hosted at Fiori’s Bakery in Jamaica Plain, Whisk offers an ambitious seven-course tasting (with dishes like pork belly with fennel and pomegranate seeds) for those with reservations, as well as a three-course pre-fixe or three-course dessert tasting for walk-ins. Catch a tasting every Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening. Reservations strongly recommended. Prices vary, for reservations book online at whiskboston.com or call 617-820-8722, Thu, Fri & Sat, 7 p.m. or 9 p.m., 55 South St., Jamaica Plain.

Brasstacks:
To gain entrance to this (semi) secret supper club from a talented trio (Menton meat chef de partie Marc Sheehan, The Hawthorne general manager Matthew Schrage, and Drew Davis, a Menton vet who works at Má Pêche in New York), simply friend the team on Facebook, ask for a seat and wait for the date and secret location. Get a peek into one of their past events here. Around $75/person; location, date and time all to be disclosed following a friend request to Brasstacks on Facebook.

Guchi’s Midnight Ramen:
Partially responsible for the current ramen frenzy in town, Guchi’s is the joint effort of O Ya chef Yukihiro Kawaguchi and Mark O’Leary (formerly of O Ya, now at JM Curley). We’ve got everything you need to know about late-night concept right this way. The pop-ups have become notoriously difficult to get into, due to high demand and a super-limited quantity of seats. Want to give it a shot? Follow @GuchiRamenNight for event updates and ticket sale info.

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