In 1776, our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence with a plume in one hand and a hot dog in the other. Well, maybe not, but there's nothing more American than a big, meaty cookout! Celebrate the Fourth of July with grilled meats, all-American corn, and local cooking at these NYC hotspots.
If you're into watching competetive eaters stuff their faces, head down to Coney Island for the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Watch speed eaters compete for glory in the ESPN televised event, and if you haven't lost your appetite, grab your own frank at the Nathan's beach eatery.
Robot-themed hotel YOTEL will be hosting an all-you-can-eat barbecue. The Endless Summer BBQ will have a seating from 2-5pm and another from 5-9pm, with tickets ranging from $50-$75. The menu includes pulled pork sliders, lobster gazpacho shooters, fried chicken, corn on the cob, peach cobbler, and much more. Red, white, and blueberry patriotic sangria will be served along wih beer and wine.
Wildman Steve Brill
If you're looking for a more natural meal on Independence Day, Wildman Steve Brill is hosting a foraging expedition at 11:45am. For $20, you can eat all that you find and learn the techniques of searching for food in the wild.
To celebrate all 50 states, head out to the Bronx for Flaca Music's 50 States Musical Celebration and BBQ. The event at An Beal Bocht Cafe in Riverdale will feature bands representing each state (in alphabetical order) as well as BBQ. Admission is free and the event runs from noon-midnight.
For a fireworks and dining experience, check out the blow-out bash at Sky Room. $100 gets you a 4-hour premium open bar (6pm-10pm) and a picnic buffet including burgers, pigs in a blanket, chicken tenders, potato chips, and other summery options.