Happy Birthday, 'Murica! A last-minute guide to Fourth of July food festivities
No Independence Day plans yet? Here are 10 spots offering special eats, drinks and patriotic cheer.
Wed Jul 2 2014
Photographer: Atsushi Tomioka
If World Cup fever, a hot-weather haze or plain old procrastination has gotten the best of your planning skills, fear not. From old-school fried-chicken feasts to floating firework viewing, we’ve got you covered with these spangling July 4th picks.
Bring your date—or a hungry buddy—to this upscale Tribeca pub, and treat yourselves to the Distilled Patriot Package. For $60, the two-person deal features a whole fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and watermelon salad, plus a Revolutionary Rum Punch cocktail for each of you.
- 211 West Broadway at Franklin St
Holiday BBQ gets a South of the Border spin at Calexico’s Greenpoint and Park Slope locations. Expect Sonora-style hot dogs (wrapped in bacon and topped with guacamole and chipotle crack sauce), 'mole burgers and red-white-and-blue frozen margs (Greenpoint only).
- 645 Manhattan Ave at Bedford Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
North River Lobster Co.
The fireworks are back at the East River this year, and this new floating lobster joint is the ultimate viewing spot. The $250 ticket includes an all-you-can-eat lobster-bake buffet, open bar and, of course, front-row seats to the holiday spectacle.
- Pier 81, W 41st St at the Hudson River
Sadly, Team USA is out of the World Cup, but you can still catch a game and celebrate July 4th at this Bavarian eatery’s BeerBQ Fest. The special platter for two ($42) packs roast suckling pig, pork sausages, potatoes and two half liters of house-brewed beer.
- 265–267 Bowery between E Houston and Stanton Sts
It’s a family affair at this East Village eatery, with buttermilk fried chicken, corn on the cob and strawberry shortcake to share ($48 per person). The drinks supplement ($24) includes all-you-can-drink Americana Rum Punch (pineapple, Aperol, orange, lime), KelSo Pilsner and Gotham Project Riesling.
- 403 E 12th St at First Ave
Jesse Schenker’s Flatiron dining room hosts an All-American blowout: karaoke and Ping-Pong tournament included. On the menu: oyster shooters, lobster rolls, homemade pies and a sundae bar, plus sips of rosé and local brews. Food $60; food, drink and gift bag $100.
- 15 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves
A selection of summer cocktails will flow at this Williamsburg favorite, including the Maison Summer Pimm’s #12 (Pimm’s, Perry’s Tot Gin, tarragon syrup, lime and watermelon), paired with bites like pork-brisket sandwich and grilled Creole shrimp. Tunes come courtesy of the Bedford Avenue Society Band.
- 298 Bedford Ave between Grand and South 1st Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
From Thursday to Sunday, the burger shrine will dish out two specials: the Shack Corn Dog with sweet corn relish, and a Blueberry Pie Oh My Concrete, made with the classic holiday dessert.
- Madison Square Park, 23rd St at Madison Ave
Celebrate all through the long weekend at this West Village Italian joint. Their Independence Day Pig Roast includes swine specials like slow-roasted porchetta topped with a fried egg, pulled pork hash and Patty’s Pork Plate, a feast of roasted pork, plantains, black beans, eggs and avocado.
- 140 W 13th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves
Richard Sandoval’s restaurant will serve a Bottomless Margarita Brunch for $39, featuring small plates like chorizo–potato-hash sliders and Mexican French toast (with chipotle-laced cajeta, Nutella, bananas and whipped cream). Hang around First Avenue for the fireworks after your meal—they’ll look even prettier once you’ve had a few margaritas.
- 1191 First Ave between 64th and 65th Sts
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