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Father’s Day 2017 Dining Guide

It’s interesting to note that while wholesome, veggie-focused restaurants are on the continued rise, there’s been a parallel resurgence of an entirely disparate concept — the clubby, carnivorous, 20th century-style steakhouse.  Which means, there has never been a better stable of Father’s Day dining options for the meat-and-potatoes man in your life; from the return of the Grill at the opulent Four Seasons, to the revival of Chumley’s; the iconic West Village speakeasy.

The Grill

The Grill
99 E. 52nd St.
Midtown East,New York
(212) 758-5700

The splashiest, most opulent, most feverishly anticipated debut of the year has coincided perfectly with Father’s Day.  So go on and treat dad to a power dinner at the Major Food Group’s theatrical Four Seasons reboot, featuring Dover Sole finished tableside, a Chef’s Buffet of Goose Terrine, Continental Ham, Oysters on the Half Shell and Pickled Sardines, and Prime Rib with deviled bones carved upon a silver trolley.

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4 Charles Prime Rib

4 Charles Prime Rib
4 Charles St
West Village,New York 10014
(212) 561-5992

This swanky, intimate steakhouse from a famous Chicago restaurateur has major dad appeal; including impeccable Martinis (swing for the version with orange bitters and Old Raj gin), as well as indulgent Cacio e Pepe Pasta, Loaded Baked Potatoes, and double cut, bone-in, 12-hour roasted UDSA Prime Rib of Beef, served with natural jus and horseradish cream.

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Chumley’s

Chumley’s
86 Bedford St
Greenwich Village,New York 10012
(212) 675-2081

This legendary speakeasy (beloved of 1920’s-era literati, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald) was finally revived this year, by the owners of Sushi Nakazawa interestingly.  Chumley’s walls repapered with old book jackets and author portraits, and its menu padded with stiff cocktails (check out the assortment of Scotches and Sodas) and sustaining — if considerably more expensive — fare, including Ham and Foie Terrine, Rabbit in the Hole, and an “86’d” Burger, finished with crispy shallots and bone marrow.

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Wooly Public

Wooly Public
11 Barclay St
Financial District,New York 10007
11 Barclay St

While everyone’s welcome at this new adjunct to members-only club, Wooly Private, it doesn’t lack for place-to-be-appeal; what with drinks from a Death & Co. alum (including tiki tipples served in kitchy mammoth mugs), eats from a Maison Premiere vet (such as Pulled Duck Tater Tots, Alaskan Cod Fishwiches, and featured dishes like Frog’s Legs; an ode to the Woolworth Building’s original, 1913 restaurant), and fun extras, such as board games built directly into the tables.

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Russ & Daughters Cafe

Russ & Daughters Cafe
127 Orchard St
Lower East Side,New York 10002
(212) 475-4881

Dad doesn’t “do” brunch?  Russ & Daughters Café is far from a mimosa and pancake sort of place.  Nosh on the ultimate New York appetizing spread of smoked fish, cream cheese, and bagels with the works as well as caviar served with blini and crème fraiche, and make a celebratory toast with the “Schmaltz & A Shot” — fat-slicked herring paired with boiled potato, raw onion, and a taste of vodka.

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Pig Bleecker

Pig Bleecker
155 Bleecker St
Greenwich Village,New York 10012
(646) 756-5115

While Brooklyn’s al fresco Pig Beach is an excellent option for barbecue-adoring dads, its Manhattan outpost abounds with other innovative, meaty treats — such as Brisket Ravioli, Duck Ragu Lasagna, BBQ Chicken Lollipops with hatch vinegar and Alabama white sauce, and Tomahawk Chops with beef ribs, smashed potatoes and Utica greens.

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Empire Diner

Empire Diner
210 10th Ave
Chelsea,New York 10011
(212) 596-7523

If your father would just as soon do dinner at a diner, consider expanding his horizons just a tad, with John DeLucie’s takeover of the iconic, Art Deco Empire.  All Day Breakfast includes Smoked Salmon Pastrami, Eggs Cacio e Pepe and Avocado Toast, and in lieu of meatloaf and liver n’ onions, mains run the gamut from Soft Shell Crab Rolls to Sourdough Pretzel Fried Chicken and Prime Hanger Steak.

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Fowler & Wells

Fowler & Wells
5 Beekman St
Tribeca,New York 10038
(212) 658-1848

Tom Colicchio is behind this turn-of-the-century-inspired stunner in the landmarked Beekman Hotel, with a menu well befitting a well-to-do robber baron or captain of industry.  Think Oysters Rockefeller with watercress, Chicken Fricassee tossed with morel mushrooms, Lamb Wellington over fava beans and flaming Baked Alaska, flavored with chocolate and pecans.  It’s worth the trip just to check out the lobby of this gorgeous renovation and stroll the timeless neighborhood after you eat!

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