Before you get the grill going, make sure you’re armed with the right tools. Here are three essentials for your casual backyard BBQ in NYC this summer. Fire it up.
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Weber Go-Anywhere charcoal grill
The standard-bearing manufacturer turns out this portable number, sporting a locking lid and folding legs—ready for smokin’ meals in a park, on the rooftop or (codes be damned!) on your fire escape. Available at Whisk, 933 Broadway between 21st and 22nd Sts (212-477-8680) • 231 Bedford Ave at North 4th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-7230) • whisknyc.com. $55.
Leather grill apron
Keep your summertime threads grease-free with this heatproof smock. Bonus: The rustic brown suede is handsome enough to compete with your noncooking friends’ best duds. Available at Broadway Panhandler, 65 E 8th St between University Pl and Broadway (212-966-3434, broadwaypanhandler.com). $49.95.
The Grilling Book: The Definitive Guide from Bon Appétit edited by Adam Rapoport
Get schooled with this stylish, embossed tome, featuring accessible instructions on the basics (tools, fuel, technique) and inspiring, gorgeous food photography, plus more than 300 recipes. Available at amazon.com. $45.
Whether you’re looking for takeout or a casual dinner on the Upper West Side, Alachi Masala has you covered. Not only is this restaurant BYOB, but it also doesn’t charge any corkage fees. Whether you’re dining in or taking your dinner to go, you have a long menu of Indian favorites to choose from. Go the traditional route with vegetable samosas (two for $4.95) or vegetable pakora ($6.95) to start. You’ll find classics like chicken tikka masala ($15.95) and saag paneer ($13.95) alongside specialty dishes like emlyka murg, boneless chicken cooked in peppercorns, tamarind and garam masala ($14.95). Of course you’ll want some naan—what Indian feast would be complete without it? Try it flavored with garlic ($3.95), stuffed with spiced potatoes ($3.95) or studded with cherries, raisins and coconut ($4.95). Hungry for something sweet? Sample some of the traditional Indian desserts on offer, like the cardamom- and rose-scented pudding called kheer ($4.95) or ice cream flavored with saffron ($4.95).
Venue says: “New York’s Best B.Y.O.B. Indian Restaurant famous for the Chicken Tikka Masala and other gluten free and vegan options available!”