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Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July in NYC

By Billy Lyons
July 1, 2014

Achilles Heel: In case you're taking Thursday and Friday off, this Greenpoint bar is throwing out all the stops for America's 238th anniversary. On Thursday, things kick off with a shrimp boil at 7 PM complete with beer and cocktail specials throughout the evening. On Friday, the bar will open at 12 PM with grilled oysters and hot dogs from sister restaurant Marlow & Sons while offering draft beer specials. Rock & Roll fans take notice: the bar is advertising an afternoon full of 80's and 90's grunge, metal, and other head banging genres courtesy of a DJ.  (347-987-3666)

Fornino: Now that the fireworks have moved back to the east side, Brooklyn Bridge Park is once again a great place to catch a prime view. From 7 to Midnight, guests can enjoy an unlimited eating extravaganza courtesy of this Italian specialist, whose rooftop will be open for party goers. Wood-fired pizzas, salads, and antipasti courtesy of chef Michael Ayoub will be served throughout the evening. A cash bar will be on hand, and tickets are available for $75 each at Fornino's Pier 6 location in the park. (718-422-1107)

Hearth: There's no dish more American in its roots than fried chicken, which is why this long time East Village standby is offering a feast filled with this treat. For $48, guests can enjoy buttermilk-brined birds complete with sides like corn on the cob and potato salad. If guests feel like celebrating with drinks, an additional $24 nets an unlimited beverage deal including Kelso beer, Riesling, and a special Americana rum cocktail. (646-602-1300)

Maison Premiere: Starting at 12 PM, guests can enjoy oysters, chilled seafood, and superb cocktails at this vibrant Bedford Avenue bar. A full dinner menu will be available starting at 5 PM, and the backyard patio is the perfect spot for conversation - except for the part when the fireworks go off. (347-335-0446)

Manhattan By Sail: If you just can't stand land, hop aboard the Clipper City for an all you can eat food and drink extravanganza with fireworks to boot! The $350 ticket includes  BBQ and an open bar full of beer, wine and patriotically themed cocktails. The menu includes fried chicken, ribs, stuffed peppers, and plenty of protein packed skewers among other bites.. (212-619-6900)

Red Rooster Harlem: The celebrity chef's uptown eatery is offering a few special menu items to honor the holiday - and the World Cup. Spicy wings, a "Copa" style hot dog with shrimp salad, and a burger topped with bacon and Jarlsberg. The bar will also be screening the tournament's first quarterfinal match ups. (212-792-9001)

River Styx: Located just off the Greenpoint waterfront, this bar will have hot dogs and burgers ready to go whether you choose to eat inside or take a stroll to see the fireworks. The bar is also offering shot specials and a dance party following the show. (718-383-8833)

The Gander: Jesse Schenker's new Flatiron endeavor is celebrating its first fourth by throwing a bi-level bash starting at 12 PM. Oyster shooters, innovative lobster rolls, karaoke, and a ping pong tournament are all a part of the planned festivities. (212-229-9500)

The Smith: All locations of this casual American bar and kitchen are offering a special cocktail, a watermelon cucumber cooler, to toast our bold decision to part with Great Britain. (212-644-2700; 212-496-5700; 212-420-9800)

Places Mentioned

Achilles Heel

Bar • Greenpoint

Atmo.- Decor- Service- CostE
 
 
 
Marlow & Sons

American • Williamsburg

Food24 Decor19 Service21 Cost$49
 
 
 
Fornino

Pizza • Williamsburg

Food23 Decor16 Service19 Cost$26
 
 
 
Hearth

American • East Village

Food25 Decor20 Service24 Cost$71
 
 
 
Maison Premiere

Bar • Williamsburg

Atmo.25 Decor25 Service18 CostE
 
 
 
Red Rooster Harlem

American • Harlem

Food22 Decor22 Service21 Cost$54
 
 
 
The Smith

American • East Village

Food19 Decor16 Service17 Cost$44
 
 
 
The Smith

American • West 60s

Food19 Decor16 Service17 Cost$44
 
 
 
The Smith

American • Midtown East

Food19 Decor16 Service17 Cost$44
 
 
 
 
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