New Pop Up Resto: What Happens When

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Apr 06 2011

Pop up restaurants have been all the rage in NYC… The Feast, The Thirst Underground Wine Society, Maharlika Filipino Pop Up Brunch and The James Beard Foundation in Chelsea Market. And the most recent addition comes to us from Dovetail’s John Fraser, What Happens When. John raised the money through kickstarter- how cool is that!

What Happens When is a 9 month pop up (that will run through the summer) with a monthly rotation of the menu and theme (design and music) which they call movements. They are currently on movement 3, drawing inspiration from a renown Impressionistic painting. It’s about taking a trip together into the 1880′s France via 2011 New York.

The quaint dinner party setting coupled with great service and extreme attention to detail creates a unique dining experience.

The table drawers house silverware

I have to say- What Happen When offers pretty amazing food at a great price- $58 prix fixe menu for 3 courses. The experimental menu is on point- flavorful dishes, unique accompaniments and a wonderful presentation (plating).


Garlic and Cheese Bread- Delish!

Amuse Bouche- Swiss Chard Omelette with Ricotta Cheese; Lemon Gelee; and Green Garlic Gazpacho- The omelette was my favorite.

Rabbit in Filo- Great mix of textures and flavors.

Shellfish Salad- Standard.

Artichoke Salad- Nice blend of ingredients.

Swordfish- Beautifully prepared.

Poulet- Tasty and moist.

Fluke and Scallops- Excellent!

THE SWEET SPOT: The impressive desserts were plated table-side via a cart. All were scrumptious and rich but not too heavy.

Chocolate Tart

Almond Tart

Sour Cream Tart

Cheese Plate

SIP: Good wine and cocktail list.

What Happens When- 25 Cleveland Pl – Soho / 212-925-8310



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