Pride Week NYC culminates at the annual Pride March on Sunday, June 26. The hugely popular parade heads down Fifth Avenue from 36th Street, and ends in the West Village at Christopher and Greenwich, near the location of the June, 1969 Stonewall riots which helped spark the gay civil rights movement. Seek out these restaurants for brief respites, post-parade toasts or a quick refueling during the festivities (call for reservations wherever possible).
7 9th Ave (at Little West 12th St)
New York, NY 10014
Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato opened this spacious downtown addition to their Upper West/East Side Italian mini-empire directly opposite Meatpacking District brunch icon Pastis. After wandering among the tents at PrideFest, nosh on fresh Northern Italian pastas (gluten-free available) and entrees like the Ravioli ai Porcini. Or bite into one of dozens of different styles of pizza, including a classic Margherita or Ai Formaggi, hot out of the wood-burning oven. Both brunch and kids menus are available.
Eataly New York
200 5th Ave (at W 23rd St)
New York, NY 10010
Farther up the parade route, this ginormous Italian food hall offers sit-down, take-away and counter service in a variety of settings (though crowds here can be as manic and thick as along the parade route). Though it’s likely to be packed (and perhaps even reserved), the rooftop bar La Birreria ought to be a good place to both savor a craft beer and cheer on parade participants 14 stories below.
Harney & Sons SoHo
433 Broome St (between Broadway and Crosby)
New York, NY 10013
For a nearby break from the madding crowd, swing by this peaceful SoHo oasis where walls of loose tea, a knowledgeable-to-the-point-of-geeky staff and free samples entice. Emeric Harney, general manager and third-generation tea blender, is actively involved in the LGBT community. At the back of the store, you’ll find the dozen-seat Tea Lounge, where a small bites’ menu and pots of tea encourage you to linger.
Robert Haynes-Peterson is an editor and freelance writer living in New York. He is certified by the American Sommelier Association through its 24-week Vinification and Viticulture program, and the government of Mexico through its Master Mezcalier program (continuing). His work can be found at Examiner.com.