Fourth of July Eats: Five Places for Great BBQ and Beer
America may be on the verge of going up in flames, but there’s at least one good thing emerging from the smoke: delicious, tangy, mouthwatering BBQ.
Stone Nullah Tavern
The cozy Stone Nullah Tavern puts on a family-friendly pool party this Fourth of July with kiddie pools, a face painting station, magic show and water balloons to get the festivities going. While kids splash around, adults can sip on free-flow PBRs, boozy Lynchburg Lemonades and Twisted Teas. Once you’ve got a good buzz going, head to the grill and pile up your plate with smoky grilled hot dogs and chicken wings. This BBQ party is sure to be one of the most popular July 4th parties in town, so book ahead and come ready with as much patriotic pride as you can muster. July 3, noon-5pm. $359 per adult, $150 per kid; $199 for free-flow drinks.
Linguini Fini may be best known for its generous pasta plates, but chef Vinny Lauria knows a thing or two about cooking American comfort food. On July 4th weekend, the Italian kitchen gets a red, white and blue makeover for a “Brooklyn Backyard BBQ” hosted alongside Mexican fast-food favorite Little Burro. Chow down on “Dirty Water Dogs”, pizza, burgers, BBQ chicken wings, and Little Burro’s moreish tacos, complemented by sides of pasta salad, potato salad and corn on the cob. Get sloshed on free-flow PBRs, margaritas and hard lemonade, while a magic show, live band and a water gun fight keep the good vibes going. July 3, noon-late. $500 per person.
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The barbecue enthusiasts at Crft Pit arouse deep, insatiable cravings for good ol’-fashioned Texas barbecue with their intense dedication to their craft and low-and-slow-cooked meats: think juicy baby back ribs, pulled pork and lamb brisket, BBQ chicken, lamb ribs and smoked pastrami. The fire extends to alternative items as well, from hot smoked salmon to smoky maple bacon and BBQ lentils. While they mostly operate as a wholesale shop, you can book out the tasting room menu ($777/person) with a large group to sample their signatures, or stop by for their Saturday brunches for a hit of smoked pastrami, sausages, spare ribs, Texas brisket and hot turkey sandwiches. Saturday brunch, 1-4pm in the tasting room.
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Lily & Bloom
Lily & Bloom can do little wrong when it comes to American comfort food, and we’re leaving our hungry appetites in their capable hands for an Independence Day feast: from July 2-3, chow down on a hearty menu of American-style barbecue dishes, including sticky American ribs with adobo sauce, baked American eggs, buttermilk waffles, Chicago-style hot dogs and more. With chef Billy Otis at the helm, you can bet this menu will punch you in the face (in a good way) with its big, bold flavors. And if the heat gets too much to handle, chill out with one of their fantastic handcrafted cocktails. On July 4th, head back to the 6th floor “food truck” to nibble on bone marrow and bourbon wagyu sliders and truffle mac ‘n’ cheese. Jul 2-3, $395 per person brunch, $480 per person dinner.
The crowds are already congregating at southern soul food haven The Parish, newly opened by chef Jack Carson, formerly of Restoration. A Cajun and Creole cuisine expert, chef Jack is pulling out his bag of tricks at this casual New Orleans-style eatery, with a menu dotted with southern food staples, from crawfish pie to a homemade Louisiana charcuterie board and BBQ Ribs slathered in a rich tangy sauce. On July 4th, enjoy an American-themed seafood boil party with all-you-can-eat crab, shrimp, lobster, mussels, jambalaya, pecan pie and more for $388 per person.