Viv’s in Fort Lee is a Popup Shop on Sundays

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Grilled cheese with sauteed Asian pear and onion

There aren’t too many popup restaurants operating in Northern NJ. A popup restaurant is a type of temporary restaurant, where the chef/owner uses a non-traditional space or another restaurant to operate. The most recent example would be Quilly’s Weekender, a slider restaurant that was only open weekends in the back of Rumors bar in Hawthorne (Quilly’s closed earlier this year).

A new popup shop called Viv’s is now operating inside Picnic (a Korean and sushi restaurant) in Fort Lee on Sundays only (when Picnic is closed). The popup opened about two months ago and serves a globally inspired menu of sandwiches and sides.

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Kimchi Hotdog

Owner and chef Vivian Lee promises to keep the menu at Viv’s fresh and regularly updated at her once-a-week restaurant. Her background includes work as pastry cook, artisan bread baker and a stint at Danny Meyer’s Maialino in the city. She’s been tweaking the menu each week, experimenting with different ingredients and flavors, sometimes simply favoring a different spice for her chicken sandwich’s aioli.

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SPAM gravy fries

Some recent dishes include kimchi hotdogs, a fried chicken sandwich with curry mayo, Chinese-spiced pulled pork sandwiches and picadillo sloppy joes. Other menu items include SPAM (yes, that SPAM) gravy steak fries, fried dumplings and fried pickles. Some of the sandwich buns and the all of the pickled vegetables are made in house.

Viv’s is currently open Sunday’s only from 12:00pm till 4:00pm. Since their operating hours and menu are subject to change, it is highly recommended that you check out their Facebook page for weekly updates.

Viv’s 239 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ (inside Picnic; Sunday’s Only) Facebook Page

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