Summer may not officially be over for a few more weeks, but no one, including your boss, is going to care after Labor Day (goodbye, summer Fridays). So don't let this long weekend go to waste, whether you're escaping town, turning up at the beach or just kicking back at home. Not leaving the city? From five-buck hot dogs to an all-you-can-eat Thai crab boil, turn your New York City staycation into a full-blown, three-day feast with these six food and drink deals.
Black Tap: Craft Burgers & Beer: On Monday only, get chef Joe Isidori's TONY-approved burger (lettuce, tomato, American cheese and Black Tap's secret sauce) with a Pabst Blue Ribbon for just $16. Going straight for the beer? They'll be slinging $3 PBR's all day long.
The Bonnie: Soak up the sun and booze at this greenery-lush garden patio in Astoria, decked with picnic tables and repurposed Lower East Side cobble stones. Until sundown each day, the bar will serve an herbaceous Fruits of Labor—rosé, gin, Madeira, Salers gentiane apéritif and fresh summer berries—for just $7, while a Schaller & Weber hot dog with crispy shallots and smashed avocado goes for $5.
Chefs Club by Food & Wine: At Food & Wine's ongoing supper-club, four chefs will tag team a $38 holiday prix-fixe available from 5:30 to 7pm on Monday. Offerings include: Johnnycake (asparagus, spring greens) from chef Linton Hopkins, arctic char in coconut curry from culinary director Didier Elena, Thai-glazed short ribs from chef Erik Anderson and a peach crisp from chef Kieren Baldwin.
The Gander: From noon to 8pm on Monday, chef Jesse Schenker will serve a three-course American menu for $35, with a choice of starters like brisket tots and crispy calamari salad, mains like branzino and hanger steak, and dessert (banana parfait or chocolate cremeux).
Industry Kitchen: Head to South Street Seaport for a weekend-long waterfront grill with pocket-friendly burgers starting at $10, and summer ales at $5 per pint.
Resto: Trade traditional 'cue for a no-holds-barred Thai crab boil at this Belgian gastropub. For $50, stuff your face with an all-you-can-eat spread of Southeast Asian fare ranging from green coconut crab curry and sticky rice to isaan-style sausage spring rolls and a mango tapioca pudding. Limitless pours of the daily draft beers and wines are also included in your ticket.