Where to Celebrate Father's Day in NYC

Manly meals for dad from whiskey to steak to BBQ.
June 5, 2014
by Billy Lyons

Alobar: On Father's Day, this Long Island City restaurant will offer its full brunch service as well as a special beer-and-whiskey pairing menu showcasing local Queens brewery SingleCut Beersmiths. The restaurant features over 100 whiskeys in case Dad likes to drink his whiskey just with whiskey, and brunch items include American fare like pulled pork and grits, as well as chive and crème fraîche scrambled eggs (718-752-6000).

Bar 54: If your dad is the do-it-yourself type, a rooftop cocktail-making class might be the perfect mixture of education and relaxation. For $120 per pair, students will learn a few tricks of the trade before getting behind the bar and mixing up some killer potions. The event includes an opening reception as well as a post-shift whiskey and hand-rolled cigar (646-364-1234).

Boqueria: Whether we choose to dine at the SoHo or Flatiron location, our papas will be rewarded with a side of complimentary patatas bravas with garlic aïoli. The restaurants will offer the deal with any order off their tapas menu, with pitchers of sangria on standby for everyone (of legal age) to enjoy (212-255-4160/212-343-4255).

Desmond's Steakhouse: In addition to a three-course dinner for $95, dads will receive a $30 gift certificate when dining at this Midtown West steakhouse, whose menu is an ode to hearty classics like oysters Rockefeller, beef Wellington, and lobster Thermidor. The special is available from June 13 through June 15 (212-391-6900).

Edi & The Wolf: During brunch, Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban's Austrian tavern is offering a free glass of Radeberger with the purchase of the tavern's Wolf Burger. Additional items on the Father's Day menu include poached eggs with smoked trout and fingerling home fries, with cocktails like mimosas and Bloody Marys also on hand (212-598-1040).

Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina: After taking Dad on a tour of Chelsea Market, head to this Italian restaurant for a beer affogato dessert. The special treat is made with Ommegang Brewery's chocolate beer gelato and chocolate hazelnut biscotti, and will be offered in addition to the restaurant's full dinner menu (212-370-0975).

Hill Country Barbecue Market: Both the Flatiron and Downtown Brooklyn locations of this barbecue emporium are rolling out the red carpet for dads on June 15. In Brooklyn, a live band will host a Father's Day "Fam Jam" from 1 PM to 3 PM, with the bar offering all-day happy-hour specials on El Jimador and Budweiser for $8. In Manhattan, guests can enjoy a special platter featuring ribs and several sides (like smoked corn on the cob) for $27 (212-255-4544/718-885-4608).

Hill Country Chicken: If your dad is all about splurging on sweets on his special day, both locations of Elizabeth Karmel's chicken-and-pie chain are offering a deal on desserts. Guests can dine in or take away a pack of three-inch pie cups, including father-favorite flavors like chocolate bourbon pecan and buttermilk whiskey (212-257-6446/718-885-4609).

NYY Steak: Since the Yankees will be out of town, consider taking Dad to watch the game at the team's official steakhouse, which features a $42 three-course prix fixe and a full lineup of chops. All dads dining in the restaurant receive a voucher, which they can redeem for two free home-game tickets this season (646-307-7910).

Red Rooster Harlem: Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem hot spot is offering à la carte specials like chile-rubbed short rib and shrimp po' boy in addition to its regular menu. If Dad feels like dancing, the restaurant is also hosting its weekly Sunday night jazz show at Ginny's Supper Club (212-792-9001).

Rosa Mexicano: If Dad is looking to spice things up, all locations of this Mexican restaurant are including the gift of chipotle dry rub as part of their Father's Day experience. Standout choices from the menu include filet mignon with wild mushroom tequila cream sauce and a Mexican Mule to start the epic celebration (212-753-7407).

Savoury: Chef Lala Sharma is offering dads a complimentary glass of wine or beer throughout the day in addition to a special four-course brunch prix fixe for $38. Brunch items include dishes like baby lamb chops and oven-baked chicken with tomato cream sauce, and will be available from 12 to 4 PM (212-875-1400).

Sons of Essex: If you're dealing with a dad who has no limitations, an all-you-can-eat-and-drink extravaganza with steak and whiskey should be pretty appealing. There's also unlimited beer included in the $95 dinner, with three separate seatings on Father's Day, beginning at 1 PM (212-674-7100).

Trattoria Dell'Arte: This popular spot near Carnegie Hall is offering a special sea steak dish designed just for Daddy. For $36, guests can enjoy a center-cut swordfish with peperonata, creamy spinach, and Parmesan onion rings, with the restaurant offering a huge selection from its antipasto bar as usual  (212-245-9800).

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