Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17. Whether you’re looking for down-home barbecue deals, a sophisticated wine tour or family-style Italian, we have you covered. Here’s where to dine with your dad.


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2751 Broadway

Harlem’s brick-walled jazz club will feature live bands during their Father’s Day brunch and dinner on Sunday, June 17th. A live vocalist will perform throughout the day, and diners can choose from a three course menu ($18.95) featuring Shrimp Cocktail with spicy horseradish sauce, Steak and Eggs Benedict and Devil’s Food Cake. Miles Davis tunes will be played by a live band during the evening — part of Smoke’s month-long tribute to the jazz legend. Dinner will feature a prix-fixe menu ($29.95) starring Beef Bourguignon with buttered noodles and parsley.

The Ainsworth

The Ainsworth (credit:ainsworthnyc.com)

122 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 741-0645

This fancy Flatiron sports bar takes the typical ambiance up a notch. Ideal for date night or for dad, catch any of the weekend’s games on the restaurant’s 40 flatscreens. Antique pine walls and dark brown seating provide a handsome setting for the day or evening. Munch on goat-cheese-stuffed lamb burgers and lobster roll sliders while you sip pitchers of beer or cocktails such as the pomegranate margarita. And if you’re still craving hot wings, you can get those here, too.

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Is your father a lover of wine? The Brooklyn Winery is not just a restaurant and wine bar, but a working winery and winemaking center. Trying new wines with pops and check out the Winery’s newest addition – a 1,000 square foot, glass-enclosed Atrium. Choose from eleven set flights of three including an all New York State flight, and “They Make Wine There?!”, a trio from Canada, Lebanon and Greece. You can also choose your own, or if you’re feeling more adventuresome, let the bartender choose for you. While you’re tasting, nosh on some of their mix-and-match antipasti of cheese, charcuterie, pâtés and spreads.


2450 Broadway
200 West 44th Street

For the old school, Italian father, feast at the legendary Times Square venue. Father’s Day specials, each of which can feed four to six people, include a 36 ounce Prime Rib Chop served with broccoli rabe, onions, Portobello mushrooms and potatoes, and a Four Pasta platter that showcases classics like vegetable lasagna and ziti Bolognese.

Ranger Texas BBQ

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7104 35th Ave
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 899-9553

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In the back of Legends, a local bipartisan sports bar in Jackson Heights, is one of Queens’ best kept secrets. Walk past the bar into the back, where you’ll find, laid upon a carving board with just a scant glass divider separating you from it, piles and piles of gloriously smoked meats and sausage links. Must haves: the St. Louis ribs (the meat falls off at barely the slightest provocation) and the smoked sausage links, which come to the table sliced and ready to make eager mouths happy. The sides are also made with care; the creamed corn has pieces of bacon in it, so beware if you don’t eat pork, and the beans are resplendent with smoke. The only downside? Smelling like barbecue – delicious, delicious barbecue – the rest of the day.

Virgil’s Real Barbecue

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152 West 44th Street

This Theater District haunt is celebrating Father’s Day with Prime Rib of Beef ($38.95). Virgil’s smokes the cut in a Southern Pride smoker and serves the meat with au jus sauce, creamed horseradish, twice baked potato, cornbread and the diner’s choice of an additional side. Dads who crave seafood can enjoy Cajun-inspired Grilled Halibut ($21.95) topped with crawfish jambalaya sauce and served with mashed potatoes, grilled zucchini and cornbread.

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Cue-craving dads can also indulge at the Brooklyn Ice House. Here, the pulled pork sandwiches rule: juicy, and zesty, with an impressive scoop of smoky, ambrosial meat on a bun, and great BBQ sauce on the side. The chili cheese fries are sinful and irresistible. And if you’re hankering for a corn dog, look no further.


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