Is it a pop-up? Is it a takeover? Call it whatever you want, but there’s a pretty cool take-up/popover going on at Le French Diner in New York City. From now until September 5th, the Lower East Side café has been turned over to Amanda Whitt (formerly of Box Kite and Amor y Amargo Double Buzz fame) and Amor y Amargo owner Sother Teague.

Open 9:00am to 4:00pm Wednesday through Sunday, the pair are serving up a variety of signature coffee beverages and French pastry-inspired small lunch plates, with Whitt handling the beverage and Teague taking care of the food.

Whitt tells Sprudge:

Basically the owners went on vacation and gave Sother and I the keys instead of closing. He is putting the apron back on as a chef, I’m making coffee, and we are having a great time.

Using coffee from Variety Coffee Roasters, Whitt is creating drinks like the Café Macaron, made with “Lucky Shot Espresso, steamed milk, Orgeat and orange blossom water, and an espresso and Underberg, a throwback to the Double Buzz days.


Teague is providing an ever-changing menu of noshables that have included avocado toast and a roasted zucchini and tomato quiche.

There are only eight more operating days left of the Le French Diner overpop/take-up before Whitt and Teague return to being immensely talented at their normal jobs. Now seems like a good time to go taste their creations before the pop-up goes pop.

Le French Diner is located at 188 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002. The pop-up is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00am to 4:00pm and lasts until September 3rd.

Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network.

*all image’s via Amanda Whitt’s Instagram