By Julie Shapiro
TRIBECA — Upper West Side locavore chef Bill Telepan is bringing his greenmarket-inspired dishes to a new TriBeCa pop-up.
Telepan Tribeca will dish up a $45 prix fixe dinner at Pecan Cafe on Franklin Street Wednesday through Friday evenings for the next four weeks.
The first week's menu begins with three shared starters: beets, buttermilk and pickled onion; egg salad and smoked salmon toast; and a mushroom pierogi and asparagus. The meal continues with a Maine crab with carrot slaw appetizer, followed by a choice between haddock with peas, mint and basil and lamb with spicy ramps and nettles. Telepan will serve a rhubarb almond creme tart for dessert.
The family-style menu will rotate each week, through May 20. The menu is slightly more relaxed than what Telepan serves at his eponymous West 69th Street location, where a six-course tasting menu was once designed around a breed of pig known for meat so delicious the royal Hapsburg family wouldn't allow anyone else to eat it.
More recently, the Upper West Side restaurateur made headlines after receiving a bad rating from the Department of Health.
Telepan got the idea for a pop-up from his business partner Jimmy Nicholas, who frequents Pecan and is friendly with the owners, a spokeswoman said. Pecan does a brisk coffee and lunchtime business but tends to empty out in the late afternoon and is not usually open for dinner.
The pop-up will serve food from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. and will not accept reservations for the four-course meals. Wine and beer are not included in the $45-per-person fee, but patrons can order it a la carte.