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.

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.

  1. 211 West Broadway at Franklin St
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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).

  1. 645 Manhattan Ave at Bedford Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
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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.

  1. 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.

  1. 265–267 Bowery between E Houston and Stanton Sts
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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.

  1. 403 E 12th St at First Ave
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The Gander

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.

  1. 15 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Maison Premiere

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.

  1. 298 Bedford Ave between Grand and South 1st Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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Shake Shack

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.

  1. Madison Square Park, 23rd St at Madison Ave
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Sotto 13

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.

  1. 140 W 13th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves
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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.

  1. 1191 First Ave between 64th and 65th Sts
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