It may be the biggest cookout day of the year, but why slave over a smoky barbecue when you can have the pros do it for you? From whole-hog pig roasts to summer cocktails while watching fireworks to the world’s most famous hot-dog eating contest, we’ve got your 4th of July festivities covered.
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4th of July eating and drinking events
Michelin-starred chef Joe Isidori will serve an all-American combo for the holiday: a burger (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, American cheese and special sauce) and choice of domestic beer (Six Point’s The Crisp, Brooklyn Lager, Black Hog Granola Brown Ale) for $17.76.
Andrew Carmellini’s West Village spot is celebrating the Fourth with an all-day cookout running from 11am to 10pm, with specials including shrimp hush puppies with pickled jalapeño, smoked brisket, pulled pork and watermelon punch, with peach pie with blackberry-buttermilk ice cream for dessert.
From July 2 through July 9, Roberto Santibanez’s Mexican canteen will host a Fiesta Americana with South of the Border interpretations of American staples: think a bacon-wrapped, avocado-topped Mexico City hot dog ($8.95) or a guajillo beef burger with pickled relish mayo and pico de gallo ($12.95).
It ain’t Fourth of July without the frank icon’s infamous, annual hot-dog eating contest, starring the speediest eaters of 12 cities who prove their patriotism by shoveling as many dogs into their faces as they can in 10 minutes during the ESPN-televised final.
Feast on April Bloomfield’s tacos, tamales and holiday specials (house beef-and-pork hot dogs on potato rolls, a boozy pineapple cocktail) at the restaurant’s brick rooftop. Stick around to watch the fireworks off the East River by making a $25 reservation with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Café Zona Sur
This casual Sunset Park dinette run by a husband-and-wife team serves breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. For the morning meal, start with a La Colombe espresso ($2.25) along with lemon-ricotta crepes ($7), huevos rancheros ($10) or a pesto focaccia topped with mozzarella and two sunny-side up eggs ($14). Not a fan of brunch? Try something savory from the lunch menu, like the croque monsieur ($10) or Zona Sur burger with gruyere, caramelized onions and roasted tomato on a brioche bun ($14). The dinner options include larger portions like a seafood linguini with mussels, cockles and the catch of the day ($16), pan-seared salmon with kale ($17) or cavatappi mac and cheese ($16). Thirsty? Order a glass of red or white sangria ($7 for a glass, $25 for a liter), or one of the assorted wines and beers. Cafe Zona Sur even offers a few sweet options for dessert fiends, like a chocolate souffle ($7), apple bread pudding ($6) and tiramisu ($6).
Venue says: “SERVING BREAKFAST, EGGS PANCAKES AND CREPES EVERYDAY UNTIL 4PM!!!”