Have a holiday bromance with alcohol, meat and baseball.
Tue Jun 14 2011
Brooklyn Cyclones Opening Day Tailgate
Relive your collegiate pregaming glory days during this bash at Ditmas Park drinkery Sycamore. Sign up ahead of time for a package deal that includes a plateful of food (burgers, hot dogs with fixings), a pint of seasonal brew from Stone Brewing Company and a ticket to the Brooklyn Cyclones' opening-day bout against the Staten Island Yankees. After taxing your liver in Sycamore's ivy-clad back garden, stumble over to the Q train with the group to catch the game at MCU Park in Coney Island (brooklyncyclones.com). Sycamore, 1118 Cortelyou Rd between Stratford and Westminster Rds, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (347-240-5850, sycamorebrooklyn.com). Sat 18 noon--6pm ; per person $25 (includes game ticket, first beer and plate of food; additional beer $5). Advance online reservations required.
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Get a shave
Reassert your manliness at Barbiere NYC (246 E 5th St between Cooper Sq and Second Ave; 646-649-2640, barbierenyc.com), a tiny Italian barbershop that boasts chitchat-less shaves, a cool blues soundtrack and tons of charm. The storefront's Classica ($30) starts with a free shot of Jameson (or a special summer tipple, like sangria) and ends with the barber covering your twice-razored face in a cold, lavender-oil-drenched towel.
Smoke your meat at a bar
Bring your crew (and a whole lot of meat) for a late-afternoon grill session in East River Bar's spacious back garden (97 South 6th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-302-0511, eastriverbar.com). Call ahead to reserve a grill—and the bigger the group is, the better: The bar charges a usage fee of $50 if you show up with fewer than 15 folks. Need to pick up carne nearby? Try butcher shop Marlow & Daughters (95 Broadway between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-388-5700, marlowanddaughters.com) for freshly made sausages (pork and chicken, $12 per pound) or chicken ($3.75 per pound).
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