Autumn is turning out to be the season of pop-ups. Here are just some of the here-and-gone events happening around the city.
Café Bustelo Pop-Up Café Experience
The Bronx-born coffee brand has come a long way, and it’s celebrating with a pop-up café at 168 Bowery beginning Friday through Oct. 26. Get your free coffee from 8 a.m. daily, and be sure to share the love: Once you get your free coffee, you get a punch card. Come back with a friend and redeem it for items like T-shirts, totes, sunglasses and more. Check the full schedule for live performances and other events. www.cafebustelo.com
Garden to table
A pop-up restaurant has bloomed at the New York Botanical Garden in celebration of the current “Kiku: Art of the Japanese Garden” exhibit. The Stephen Starr Events-run restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 26 in the new Garden Terrace Café. Each dish is intended to be as elegant and polished as a Kiku garden, with dishes including fresh sushi and sashimi, bento boxes and the signature Cha Soba Noodles, all served under the soft glow of Japanese lanterns. www.nybg.org
Soup in the open
At the High Line Social Soup Experiment, happening this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at West 14th Street, chef Marco Canora will serve bowls of his famous ribollita soup with crusty bread at a long communal table as part of this fourth annual pop-up event along the High Line. Tickets are $7. www.thehighline.org
Preview Scott Conant's new project
For one night only, celebrity chef Scott Conant (Scarpetta) will preview his eponymous restaurant Conant on Oct. 18 (the official opening is not until next year). The location of this weekend's special dinner will be kept secret until users book a table through the restaurant reservation app Resy, which will be made available for sale Oct. 17 at 9 a.m.
Not-so-spooky fall fun
Love Halloween but get a little squeamish about the scares? This Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. in Union Square, walk through a pumpkin patch without ghoulish surprises and a corn maze without haunted children at a "Modern Family"-themed event. The maze will be over 60 feet long and stand 8 feet high, so everyone but the exceptionally tall can have fun trying to navigate. Free face painting, KIND snack bars and Hershey's candy for the Trick-or-Treat purists.