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

June 7, 2017 - by City Guide News Desk
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Father’s Day 2017 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 veal, filet mignon, or prime New York sirloin steak. To sweeten the pot? They'll be giving Dad a complimentary cigar. $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, Norwegian salmon, and a classic New York strip. $75.95pp, not including tax or tip. 52 E. 41st St., 212-297-9177,

Father's Day NYC: Buca di Beppo

buca beppo pasta

Hearty Italian dishes are served family-style at Buca di Beppo, making them perfect for sharing. Eclectic décor, lively music, and engaging staff all add to the fun. Spend Sunday, June 18th celebrating Dad by indulging in cooked-to-order family-style dishes in Buca's semi-private dining room, perfect for a family meal. Among the options? Apple Gorgonzola Salad with Granny Smith apples, spiced walnuts, and cranberries tossed in Buca's signature Italian vinaigrette, fried calamari served with fresh homemade spicy marinara sauce, plus pizza topped with fresh mozzarella, spaghetti and meatballs, and tiramisu with homemade rum- and espresso-soaked ladyfingers for dessert. 1540 Broadway, 212-764-6527,

Father's Day NYC: Caffe Palermo

caffe palermo best cannoli nyc

Since 1973, Caffe Palermo has been a must stop in Little Italy. It's the home of New York’s #1 Cannoli; bring Dad and say hello to BABY JOHN the one and only CANNOLI KING! Baby John celebrates all fathers with a free cannoli with purchase to every dad on Father's Day. While you're here, have an unbeatable cappuccino or espresso, and some of the finest Italian pastries: cheesecake, tiramisu, rainbow cookies, chocolate mousse cake, Italian cookies, and more. (Pro tip: the lobster tails are off the hook.) 148 Mulberry St., 212-431-4205,

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 (a blood orange Manhattan for example) 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. 1221 Avenue of the Americas (entrance on 49th St.), 212-575-5129,

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, brunch, 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: Galata Mediterranean Cuisine

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Modern selection of the most-loved Turkish and Mediterranean dishes, as well as mouth-watering desserts. Healthy, nutritious food including salads, lamb/meats, seafood, chicken, pastas, vegetarian…something for everyone, prepared by well-experienced and passionate chefs. In addition to great meals, Galata is offering a drink on the house for dads! The promo code is "Drink for Dad," just mention it while making a reservation or an order and let Dad kick back with a complimentary drink. 212 E. 34th St., 212-683-9206,

Father's Day NYC: Grotta Azzurra

Since 1908, Little Italy's legendary Grotta Azzurra has been favorite of Enrico Caruso and many celebs. This Father's Day, treat Dad to some tasty specials here. A roasted beet salad starts things off, followed by salmon ravioli in a light pink brandy sauce and two entrees: a grilled cowboy veal chop and a filet mignon aupoui, with a duo of medallions sauteed in a peppercorn brandy cream sauce. Sunday night catch a special Golden Glovers viewing party at Grotta Azzurra. A panel discussion at 7:45pm starts things off, followed by an airing of the matches at 8:30pm. 177 Mulberry St., 212-925-8775,

Father's Day NYC: Morton’s The Steakhouse

morton's steak

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 2017, 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, braised short rib, and honey-balsamic-glazed salmon. 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: Nino's 46

burrata nino's 46 nyv

Family owned since 1982, this midtown favorite serves traditional Italian favorites with a contemporary twist. Guests are treated like part of the family, which is perfect for celebrating Dad. With seasonal produce starting up, look for the freshest of ingredients for Father's Day specials. The seasonal burrata (above) features creamy fresh cheese, macerated strawberries, heirloom tomatoes, aged prosciutto, vin cotto, and toasted pine nuts. Follow it up with house-made fettucine with a summery mix of charred local corn, black garlic, tiger shrimp, and a little kick from Calabrese peppers. 39 W. 46th St., 212-719-4015,

Father's Day Dining NYC: Patsy's Italian Restaurant


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 nearly 75 years ago, making it a true family restaurant in New York City. On Sunday, June 18th, 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 veal chop Siciliano (herbs 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). 236 W. 56th St., 212-247-3491,

Father's Day Dining NYC: The Sea Fire Grill 

the sea fire grill nyc

The Sea Fire Grill's superior service, delicious cuisine, and cosmopolitan vibe make it a great destination to celebrate Dad. For $75.95 per person, a three-course Father's Day menu (with sides) includes entrée options like a bone-in rib eye, black sea bass in a saffron sauce, branzino, and orecchiette. Starters are every bit as appetizing: burrata with roasted beets and hazlenuts and scallops tartare are among the possibilities. 158 E. 48th St., 212-935-3785,

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 ($38.95 kids 3-12; under 3 ride free). The dinner cruise departs at 7pm ($99.90). 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 $74.90 per adult ($46.95 kids 3-12; under 3 ride free), and dinner begins at $139.90.,

Father's Day NYC: Tio Pepe

seafood paella tio pepe

Open since 1970 in New York's Greenwich Village, Tio Pepe offers up a lively bar scene, a sidewalk cafe, Latino music, and a festive main dining roomit's all about the ambiance, with authentic, delicious dishes to match. For Father's Day, hook Dad up with a three-course dinner (just $45pp) that's an "Ode to the Grill." There are appetizer choices like grilled chorizo or grilled Spanish octopus, and "parillada" mains of meat (grilled skirt steak, chicken, lamb chops, and pork chop) or seafood (grilled lobster, clams, mussels, and shrimp with drawn garlic butter). They're even using the grill for dessert! Pick from grilled pears with brandy butter sauce and grilled pineapple with coconut ice to round off a memorable meal. 168 W. 4th St., 212-242-6480,

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