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Where to Dine for Father's Day in New York City

June 6, 2016 - by City Guide News Desk
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Father’s Day 2018 falls on Sunday, June 18th, and New York is ready with brunches and cruises perfect for any dad who deserves a special occasion. From world-class to steaks to brunch innovations, read on for our picks for the best Father's Day dining in New York City.

Father's Day NYC: Ben & Jack's Steakhouse

ben & jack's nyc

Students of the famed Brooklyn steakhouse Peter Luger, the eponymous Ben and Jack opened their Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse in New York City in 2005. Ben & Jack’s serves generous portions of steakhouse favorites to a very satisfied clientele. Dads will not want to miss a special 4-course (plus veggie side) Father's Day menu. Ben & Jack’s Sizzling Canadian Bacon and Maryland crab cakes are two appetizer temptations, followed by hearty mains like rack of lamb, filet mignon, or prime New York sirloin steak. $79.95pp, not counting drinks, tax, or tip. 255 Fifth Ave., 212-532-7600,

Father's Day NYC: Benjamin Steakhouse

benjamin steak house

From beautifully marbled cuts of dry-aged beef and succulent seafood to refined service and charm, Benjamin Steakhouse is perfect for making any occasion special. Father's Day is no exception: a prix fixe menu covers two courses, sides, and dessert, plus coffee or tea. They won't make choosing easy; you'll have appetizer options like lobster bisque, crab cakes, and shrimp cocktails, along with entrees like rack of lamb, Chilean sea bass, and a classic New York strip. $69.95pp, not including tax or tip. 52 E. 41st St., 212-297-9177,

Father's Day NYC: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

del frisco's tomahawk wagyu rib eye

Special for Father's Day, Dad can enjoy rare pours of some of America’s most exclusive bottles of Armagnac served tableside at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, using the same pipette that’s used at Remy Martin’s distillery. Along with ultra-premium spirits and stunning views of Radio City and Midtown Manhattan, lucky fathers can also indulge in hand-cut prime steaks, fresh seafood, mouthwatering side dishes, and award-winning wines. The world's best Dad deserves the world's best steak: let him indulge in Del Frisco's 32 oz. long-bone Wagyu tomahawk rib eye (pictured), generously seasoned and broiled to perfection.

As a testament to Dad's wisdom, candor, and honest advice, share a few words or a life lesson that your father instilled in you in the comments on Del Frisco's Facebook page, or by tweeting them @Del_Friscos and using the hashtag #DadofAFewWords. The best will win a $200 dining card (open through June 19). 1221 Avenue of the Americas (entrance on 49th St.), 212-575-5129,

Father's Day NYC: David Burke fabrick

tomahawk chop duck eggs benedict fabrick

Images: Dillon Burke

If there was ever a gourmet restaurant with something for everyone, it's the fabulous David Burke fabrick. Dads can relax on their special day and enjoy a decadent brunch or dinner outdoors on the restaurant's charming and comfortable patio, or inside the airy dining room. Along with the full brunch and dinner menus, new Executive Chef Michael Franey will offer savory specials for those meat lovers, including an interesting take on the classic eggs Benedict: Duck, Duck, Goose, made with duck eggs, duck bacon, foie gras hollandaise sauce, and a side of home fries (for brunch). There's also a roasted duckling pig board with Alabama white barbeque sauce for brunch or dinner, and a serious tomahawk chop topped with green peppercorn sauce (dinner only). Inside the Archer Hotel, 47 W. 38th St., 212-302-3838,

Father's Day NYC: Fogo de Chão

fogo de chao grilled meat

In 1979, Fogo de Chão began sharing the gaucho way of preparing meat in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Today, its gaucho chefs still expertly grill 16 cuts of meat and offer continuous tableside service. For Father's Day weekend you'll find traditional Brazilian sides (cheese bread!), a market table and feijoada (stew) bar, and, of course, a selection of very fine fire-roasted meats. Take Dad out and he'll get a special bonus: a complimentary lunch or dinner on his next visit to Fogo, whether that's in New York or back home at one of Fogo's two dozen-plus other locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. 40 W. 53rd St., 212-969-9980,

Father's Day NYC: Molyvos

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For Father's Day, it would be nice to take Dad for a jet-setting vacation along the coast of Greece. Nice, but not very practical. You can, however, treat him to some of the mouthwatering seafood that makes the Aegean Sea such a destination with a visit to  Molyvos in midtown. 871 Seventh Ave., 212-582-7500,

Father's Day NYC: Morton’s The Steakhouse

salmon morton's nyc

Famous for USDA prime-aged beef, fresh seafood, fine wine, and elegant desserts, Morton’s The Steakhouse is the ideal place for a memorable dinner. Case in point? Father's Day 2016, when both midtown and downtown locations will be offering a special three-course menu for $59, including mains like filet mignon, double-cut prime pork chops, short rib Bolognese, and the honey-balsamic-glazed salmon pictured above. Tell Dad to save room for dessert: the choices include souffle, Key Lime pie, and a decadent double-chocolate mousse. 551 Fifth Ave. (on 45th St., btw. Fifth & Madison Aves.), 212-972-3315,; also visit their downtown location near the 9/11 Memorial at 136 Washington St., 212-608-0171,

Father's Day NYC: Oceana

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An elegant experience awaits Dad at the spacious, modern restaurant Oceana, one of the city's finest seafood restaurants. A pure and natural ethos characterizes Executive Chef Ben Pollinger’s cooking style. Through his innovative compositions, traditional preparations of whole fish and other offerings are transformed into superb global cuisine. He works with nothing short of the best seasonally available whole fish, fillets, and shellfish and prepares them with flavor profiles you may not have experienced before—such as fish with robust Indian spices, a light and Mediterranean-inspired preparation, or an all-American icon like the lobster roll. 120 W. 49th St., 212-759-5941,

Father's Day Dining NYC: Patsy's


Theatre District landmark (it was Frank Sinatra’s favorite!) Patsy's Italian Restaurant has been family-run since 1944. It's a very appropriate destination for Father's Day as Chef Sal Scognamillo was trained by his father, Joe, and his grandfather Pasquale “Patsy” before him. Chef Scognamillo has maintained the same level of comfort and quality that made Patsy’s Italian Restaurant famous over 72 years ago, making it a true family restaurant in New York City. On Sunday, June 19th, treat Dad to a feast of fine Neapolitan fare. For appetizers, it’s his choice of pumpkin tortelloni, fried calamari, or a Caesar salad. As an entrée, Patsy’s will offer pork chop Siciliano (cherry peppers and balsamic vinegar), chicken rollantine cacciatore (stuffed with mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano and prosciutto), steak pizzaiola (seared Black Angus in a marinara sauce), or salmon mustard). $69pp, including dessert cart (tax and tip not included). As an added bonus: every dad who dines at Patsy's for Father's Day will receive their choice of Patsy’s homemade sauces, on the house. 236 W. 56th St., 212-247-3491,

Father's Day Dining NYC: The Sea Fire Grill 

the sea fire grill nyc

For $69.95 per person, The Sea Fire Grill's 3-course Father's Day menu (with sides) includes entrée options like a bone-in rib eye, herb-basted black sea bass, branzino, and orecchiette. Starters are every bit as appetizing: burrata with pickled cauliflower and orange sauce and scallops tartare are among the possibilities. 158 E. 48th St., 212-935-3785,

Father's Day NYC: Sushi Seki

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Image: Paul Wagtouicz

The Hell's Kitchen location of Japanese fave Sushi Seki will be hooking up dad with great bites and smooth whiskey. The restaurant's Father’s Day Whisky Flight ($30) will let dads sip on Hibiki Suntoy Whisky, Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky, and Nikka Pure Malt Taketsuru. Chef Seki is also creating a special 6-course Kappo menu which will be available for $75. This is the perfect way to treat dad before the big day: it's offered June 16th-18th. 356 W. 46th St., 212-262-8880,

Father's Day NYC: Tio Pepe

tio pepe seafood west village

Open since 1970 in New York's Greenwich Village, Tio Pepe combines two surprisingly dissimilar cuisinesSpanish and Mexican. Offering up a lively bar scene, a sidewalk cafe, Latino music, and a festive main dining room, this restaurant is all about the ambiance, with authentic, delicious dishes to match. For Father's Day, hook Dad up with a four-course wine dinner (just $40pp), complete with shrimp tapas, flatbread with Serrano ham and Manchego cheese, paella from Valencia, churros con chocolate, and the wines to match. 168 W. 4th St., 212-242-9338,

Father's Day NYC: Spirit Cruises & Bateaux New York

bateaux new york night cruise

If you’re looking for a view with your Dad's Day brunch, get out on the water with one of the city’s great cruises. Spirit Cruises leaves from Chelsea Piers at noon, with a special Brunch for $59.90 ($35.95 kids 3-12). For an elegant plated brunch or Father's Day dinner, cruise on Bateaux, with live entertainment and dancing on top of more of those spectacular city views. Brunch prices start at $72.90 per adult ($43.95 kids 3-12), and dinner begins at $134.90.,

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