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Memorial Day Dining Guide 2016

v1.4While we’re in no real hurry to see the end of spring, it’s hard not to get excited for the seafood-slurping, beach-going, barbecue-scented onslaught of summer.  And since Memorial Day weekend is essentially the gateway to the season, you’ll want to celebrate it in style!  From a crawfish boil at John Fraser’s Narcissa to fish tacos and rum punch at Brooklyn’s Barge Bar…

Narcissa

Narcissa
21 Cooper Sq
East Village,New York 10003
(212) 228-3344

John Fraser’s Narcissa (located in The Standard’s East Village hotel) is bringing back their annual Memorial Day weekend Crawfish Boil.  Expect picnic-style seating in the bucolic South Garden Terrace, and a seafood feast for $25 per person with all the essential must-haves — including pecan pie, corn, grilled andouille sausage and pails of Louisiana crawfish — with beer pints and pitcher specials available at additional cost.

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Syndicated

Syndicated
40 Bogart St.
Bushwick,New York 11206
(718) 386-3399

Bushwick’s independent cinema and restaurant will celebrate Memorial Day with two quintessential American summer favorites; meat and mini golf.  “Caddyshack” will play in the theatre while “Happy Gilmore” screens in the bar area, and the eatery will be transformed into a two-hole putt putt course, where guests can play for the chance to win prizes courtesy of Downeast Cider (which incidentally, will also be used to glaze Barbecue Beef Ribs, served with coleslaw, potato salad, and parker house rolls slathered in honey butter).

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Brooklyn Barge Bar

Brooklyn Barge Bar
97 West St
Greenpoint,New York 11222
(914) 356-6809

Since they didn’t debut until October of last year (and then promptly closed again for the season), you can bet this Greenpoint bar, restaurant and waterfront activity center — situated on a floating barge — is ready to take summer by storm.  Boasting unobstructed views of the Williamsburg Bridge and lower Manhattan skyline, the maritime-inspired spot pours specialty cocktails such as Greenpoint Mules and Rum Punch, serves Grilled Fish Tacos, Tugboat Fries and Crispy Chicken Sandwiches from a kitchen fashioned from a refurbished shipping container, and provides all manner of educational and experiential programming, including free kayaking, sailing lessons, catch-and-release fishing sessions and historic vessel tours.

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La Marina

La Marina
348 Dyckman St
Washington Heights,New York 10034
(212) 567-6300

With bragging rights to New York’s only private beach, this 75,000-square foot, Hudson River adjacent property is throwing a “Scorch & Ice” party on the sand on Saturday, with live entertainment on their concert-grade stage, and rum drinks served from their 60-foot bar, enjoyed on a shaded tree deck or in private cabanas.  Food options will be inspired by seaside cuisines from around the globe, including Bermuda Fish Chowder, Jambalaya and BBQ Brisket Tacos courtesy of an onsite smoker, and are supplemented with fresh herbs and vegetables from surrounding gardens, and briny crustaceans from a raw bar housed within Gepetto; a classic wooden boat.

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Cookout NYC Food Party

Cookout NYC Food Party
Avenue C & E 20th St
Stuyvesant Town,New York 10009
cookoutnyc.com

“CookOut NYC” will usher in their summer-long series on Manhattan’s East River waterfront this Memorial Day weekend, with a slew of barbecue, grilled cheese, lobster roll and ice cream stations, and events like “Battle of the Burgers” (try sliders from Schnack, Fleisher’s Craft Butchery and Jimmy’s No. 43).   Lest we forget to mention a Hot Dog Showdown with Copenhagen Street Dog, a Sea2Table fish fry, as well as live music, all-you-can-drink beer and cider, and a whole lot more.

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Coney Island Hot Dog Faceoff

Coney Island Hot Dog Faceoff
1310 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn,New Jersey 11224
(718) 946-2202

Not only will Nathan’s Famous be rolling back to its original hot dog price on Memorial Day (we’re talking 5-cents each, at a limit of two per customer), but Feltman’s — actually credited with having invented the frankfurter way back in 1867 — is returning to Coney Island as well.  Setting up at the Steeplechase Beer Garden, the newly revived company will go toe-to-toe with their century-old competitor, offering up their 1916-era dogs for only a dime.

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Fleishers Burger Boxes

Fleishers Burger Boxes
192 5th Ave
Park Slope,New York 11217
(718) 398-6666

Planning a DIY Memorial Day cookout?  In honor of National Burger Day and the kick-off of grilling season, the sustainable craft butcher shop, Fleishers (with locations in Park Slope, Kingston, Greenwich and Westport, CT) will be selling a line of “burger boxes,” including four 6 or 8 ounce hand-formed patties in blends of your choice.  Not only can patrons choose from pasture-raised grass-fed beef, beef and bacon, or lamb, Fleishers is actually offering the funky, dry-aged grind used at Brooklyn’s Emily as well — just grab add-ons like cheddar, pretzel buns and condiments in the shop, in order to accurately replicate the celebrated EMMY burger at home!

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Sherry-Lehmann

Sherry-Lehmann
505 Park Ave
Upper East Side,New York 10022
(212) 838-7500

Celebrating the start of the summer season in the Hamptons, North Fork, or Fire Island, but still want a taste of NYC?  The Upper East Side’s premiere wine and spirits destination, Sherry-Lehmann, is offering Blue Ribbon Door-to-Door Delivery Service to each of the aforementioned destinations; allowing customers to order a few bottles of bubbly for their garden parties, or stock their summer homes with cases of rosé, without even lifting a finger.  So go ahead and throw an impromptu party this weekend.  Sherry-Lehman’s got you covered!

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