clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Where to Eat, Drink, and Celebrate Father’s Day in New York City

A guide to discounted margaritas, roll-up-your-sleeve seafood boils, and other restaurant specials on Sunday, June 20

Two chairs are pulled up to a blue dining table outdoors, with cutlery and glasses for wine and water. Potted plants are visible in the background.
Bar Marseille in the Rockaways
Oleg March/Bar Marseille [Official]

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and Eater has assembled a handful of Father’s Day specials befitting of vegan, barbecue-loving, and mezcal-obsessed dads across the city. Below, find everything from smokey, wood-fired chicken in Ridgewood and roll-up-your-sleeve seafood boils to mezcal tastings and discounted margaritas, listed in alphabetical order. This guide also includes a few Eater favorites, which aren’t offering Father’s Day specials but are open for walk-in or reservation service on Sunday, June 20.

Know of a Father’s Day special or event that’s missing? Let us know at

Belmont: For a Father’s Day filled with lasagna and ravioli, grab a reservation at landmark Arthur Avenue restaurant Mario’s, a century-old red sauce establishment in the Bronx. Cap the meal off with a gorgeous walking tour along the historic strip.

Crown Heights: A growing number of Brooklyn restaurants are now pouring flights of smoky, fruit-forward mezcals (see also: For All Things Good and Claro). For an affordable introduction to the agave beverage, consider Chavela’s, a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant that offers flights priced between $35 and $42 for indoor and outdoor dining.

East Village: Neighborhood favorite Kindred is adding a new dish and drink to the menu just in time for Father’s Day: A BEC risotto with bacon, cheddar béchamel, scrambled eggs, and sun-dried tomatoes; and a summer Manhattan made with apple brandy, Pimm’s No. 1, marsala, and cucumber.

East Village: Southern spot Root and Bone is adding chicken-fried steak with gravy and eggs ($24) to the menu as a one-day-only brunch special on Sunday.

Harlem: Enjoy a spread of seafood baskets and boils — or these juicy jerk ribs — in the expansive, breezy backyard cabana at Lolo’s Seafood Shack, which is currently taking reservations for Father’s Day.

Hudson Heights: Northern California-slash-French spot the Pandering Pig has three steak specials available for Father’s Day, including a beef Wellington with duxelles, or a mushroom stuffing, and caramelized onions baked in a puff pastry. Dine-in customers can grab a spot in the shade at the restaurant’s newly opened 15-seat beer garden.

Lower East Side: Try the charred, saucy burger that the New Yorker recently declared “the best burger to eat right now” at neighborhood newcomer Smashed. For those who love burgers but don’t love animal products, the restaurant offers standout vegan options of all of its sandwiches.

Nomad: Chef Jonathan Benno of Italian hotspots Leonelli and Benno is selling a $150 barbecue kit for two to four people that includes a 28-ounce black garlic-rubbed ribeye steak; asparagus; garlicky potatoes and herbs; and a strawberry-rhubarb crostata for dessert. Six packs of beer are available to add on. Email for pre-orders until June 16. Pickup and delivery options are available.

Prospect Heights: Those who don’t want to brave the Father’s Day crowd at the city’s best barbecue restaurant will find plenty to love at the Nuaa Table, a Thai newcomer with steamed and fried whole fish, a bevy of curries, and a head-turning rack of Jasmine tea-smoked barbecue ribs. The restaurant is located along the Prospect Heights stretch of Vanderbilt Avenue, which closes to traffic on weekends through the Open Streets program.

Ridgewood: Wood-fired American restaurant Rolo’s still has plenty of reservable tables available for Father’s Day, along with a few walk-up seats set aside for last-minute planners. The restaurant’s half-chicken, wood-fired polenta breads, and inventive list of cocktails — don’t skip the white negroni and tonic — are sure to make an impression.

Rockaways: Benefitting from a massive, outdoor terrace, Bar Marseille has become a go-to destination for brunch and dinner in the Rockaways. In addition to standby menu items like oysters Rockefeller and chicken provencal, the restaurant is offering a $35 brisket and grilled asparagus special on Father’s Day.

Williamsburg: From the team behind Colonia Verde in Fort Greene comes Disco Tacos, a casual indoor-outdoor taqueria whose Father’s Day lineup includes natural wine, discounted margaritas, and a live DJ from 12 to 3 p.m.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Eater New York newsletter

The freshest news from the local food world