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Where to eat and drink in NYC on the 4th of July

Celebrate America’s independence with 4th of July food and drink festivities and specials in New York City

By Christina Izzo

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

Black Tap Burger
Photograph: Courtesy Black Tap Burger

Black Tap: Craft Burgers & Beers

Restaurants Hamburgers Soho

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.

Cherry Izakaya
Photograph: Courtesy Cherry Izakaya

Cherry Izakaya

Restaurants Dinner Williamsburg

The French-Japanese parlor is offering happy hour prices all day: All drinks are $4, as are bar bites after 5:30pm.



Restaurants Ramen Carroll Gardens

The Carroll Gardens ramen-ya will celebrate America’s independence with a pig roast and seafood blowout, offering $12 pork or $15 blue-crab plates alongside live-music performances from Styles Upon Styles, $5 draft beers and $3 PBR.

The Dutch
Photograph: Noah Fecks

The Dutch

Restaurants Contemporary American Soho

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.



Restaurants Mexican Park Slope

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).

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


Restaurants American creative Kips Bay

Tom Colicchio’s East River restaurant will offer front-row seats to the night’s firework displays during its Independence Day celebration, featuring walk-around barbecue fixins, a four-hour open bar and summertime games like cornhole, bocce ball and ping-pong for $250.


Salvation Taco

Restaurants Mexican Murray Hill

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

Photograph: Courtesy Landhaus

Seaport Smorgasburg

Restaurants Food court Financial District

As part of the South Street Seaport’s Festival of Independence—including live music from the Sam Barns Bluegrass Showdown and the Liza Colby Sound—Smorg will welcome a few additional vendors for the day, offering bites from Dan & John’s, Chickpea & Olive and Landhaus.


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