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Where to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in NYC

By Billy Lyons  |  May 23, 2014

Though the thought of breaking out the charcoal can be tempting, holiday weekends are best enjoyed when someone else is doing the cooking. Here's a look at a few places around town that are sparing us the barbecue burn with all kinds of events that put the standard backyard setting to shame.

ArianaIf you're looking to start the weekend off on the right foot, this Russian-inspired restaurant is offering up free slow-roasted pork and 29-minute vodka punch to anyone interested in taking a trip to Greenwich Village. The festivities start at 7 PM this Friday and the restaurant will be dishing out plates of pig until they run out (646-678-4334).

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: In honor of our troops, all locations of this New York State barbecue legend will donate proceeds from Sunday and Monday's sales to the Wounded Warrior Project. Diners will be able to choose from the restaurant's full menu of bar-b-que pit plates featuring brisket and ribs, with cornbread and Creole potato salad a few of the sides available (212-694-1777/347-429-7030).

Ditch Plains: Both the West Village and Upper West Side locations of Marc Murphy's ode to Montauk are hosting a lobster bake beginning at 4 PM on Sunday and Monday. For $30, each guest receives a one pound lobster along with sides like corn and a dessert, with $4 draft beer specials available too (212-633-0202/212-362-4815).

Jimmy: This hotel's rooftop oasis is kicking off the long weekend with a pool party on Saturday and Sunday starting at 3 PM. Guests can select from bites including tuna tartare tacos and short rib empanadas, while summer cocktails and DJ sets beginning at 4 PM are in store for those who just want to hit the dance floor (212-201-9118).

Maison Premiere: This Williamsburg retreat is welcoming in weary travelers with oysters and chef specials starting at 12 PM. A live band is also scheduled to make an appearance, while a full dinner menu is available beginning at 5 PM. No reservations are necessary and guests will be seated on a first come, first serve basis (347-335-0446).

The Dutch: Andrew Carmellini's always bustling American joint is hosting a Memorial Day luau with diners having the option of an a la carte lunch or fixed dinner menu. Dishes for the special event include Hawaiian favorites like Spam musubi and huli huli chicken, while tiki cocktails like zombies and mai tais will be available throughout the day (212-677-6200).