Let’s face it. You’ve been a bad kid. You’ve been busy working 40+ hours a week, trying to pay off those student loans. On the nights you have energy left, you hit the bar in hopes of meeting that special someone who will love you for the rest of your life. Mom & dad…darn…you forgot about mom & dad.
Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to make it up. . We asked around to find out which restaurants were doing fun, affordable and exciting things on Father’s day (after all, you’re still paying that college loan). Here’s a list of some restaurants and food businesses we think dad would enjoy.
Smoke: (2751 Broadway, 212-864-6662, www.smokejazz.com). If your dad was always the “cool dad” listening to music while he sipped on his scotch, take him to Smoke. They’re offering a Father’s Day brunch and dinner on Sunday, June 17th. Brunch will have live music by Annette St. John for just $18.95. Dinner will pay tribute to dad (and Miles Davis) with tunes played by the Allan Harris band for just $29.95.
Spice Market: (403 West 13th St., 212-675-2322, www.spicemarket.com) Take your dad to dinner at Spice Market on either Saturday the 16 or Sunday the 17, and dad will go home with a batch of Chef Anthony Ricco’s 10 spice dry rub (and his secret grilling recipe). Then make sure to have dad invite you over for a bbq the weekend after.
Carmine’s: (2450 Broadway, 212-362-2200, 200 West 44th Street, 212-221-3800, www.carminesnyc.com). Carmine’s is the only tourist hole I love. The food is delicious (and huge), they have a great wine list, and service has never failed me. Their Father’s Day specials, feed four to six people, and include a 36 ounce Prime Rib Chop served with broccoli rabe, onions, Portobello mushrooms and potatoes, and a four pasta platter. It’s a perfect place if you’ve got a family with a large appetite.
Virgil’s Real Barbecue: (152 West 44th Street, 212-921-9494, www.virgilsbbq.com) if you’re taking dad to a show in the Theater District (may I suggest Book of Mormon – but you may have to sell your soul for tickets), check out Virgil’s. Virgil’s is doing a “Prime Rib of Beef” for $38.95. They will also offer a Cajun-inspired Grilled Halibut for $21.95.
Neely’s Barbecue Parlor: (1125 First Avenue, 212-832-1551, www.neelysbbqparlor.com) on the Upper East Side for three “It’s All About the Grill”prix fixe menus. The Barbecue King’s Special ($99) includes the refreshing Dad’s Day Off Cocktail, mixed with Jack Daniels, blackberry and mint, and Jumbo Grilled Shrimp on the Barbecue served with remoulade sauce and garlic toast points.
Christian Vautier Le Concept: (245 Broome Street, LES 212-473-3200, www.cvleconcept.com)Chef/owner Aditi Malhotra will be hosting chocolate making sessions in her underground chocolate factory. For $45 per person, Aditi will show chocoholic dads (and their offspring) how to create chocolate treats, like chocolate lollipops, and caramel kisses. Talk about the ultimate bonding experience. PLUS you get to take home all the treats you make and a goodie bag made by Aditi, filled with mendiants, grignotines and a white chocolate truffle.
Jbird Cocktails: (339 East 75th Street, 212-288-8033, www.jbirdny.com), which will offer an 18 ounce grass-fed New York striploin ($35) with smashed fingerling potatoes and grainy mustard jus, along with their takes on old-fashioned cocktails.