A Foodie's Guide to Celebrating 4th of July
Great Options for Independence Day bites!

A holiday is simply not a holiday without some good eats—and drinks—to accent the occasion. New York City is a melting pot that offers food from pots of many cultures.  There are plenty options for July 4th and the weekend leading up to it where New Yorkers and tourists can go to celebrate. 

La Mar Cebicheria

Be one of the first to try an outdoor dining experience at La Mar Cebicheria on Friday, June 29th as the Peruvian restaurant opens its patio seating area.  The Flatiron District location provides a great view of Madison Square Park you can enjoy with lunch or dinner.  Trying to keep it budget friendly? Go during happy hour from 3pm-7pm and order from the bar menu.  There are some great options all under $10.  The cocktail menu packs a punch, literally. The pisco punch is one of La Mar’s more popular drinks and even has a little history.

Summer BBQ Blowout Festival

The backyard of City Winery is a great place to be on Saturday June 30th as they join with Finger On the Pulse to produce the second annual Summer BBQ Blowout Festival.  A $45 ticket gets you admission to the event that goes from 1pm to 4pm.  Aside from the music, DJs and live performances, guests are entitled to 8 dishes each prepared by a featured chef.  This years chefs and restaurants are: Garrett Oliver, David Burke, Amali, Maharlika, Big Gay Ice Cream, Empire Mayo, Maison Premiere and Ty-Lor Boring.  The event will take place rain or shine.

Chocolate Walking Tour

Devils food is the theme for Sunday if you’d like to take the Chocolate Walking Tour in NYC.  The tour starts on Broom Street  leaving at 12:30pm sharp.  The first stop is MarieBelle Fine Chocolate followed by Vosges, Kee’s Chocolate, and Jacques Torres Chocolate.  Treats include but are not limited to spicy iced chocolate, truffles and hand crafted chocolate indulgences.  No doubt tourists will bring their own sweet tooth.

Eat Drink Local Week

This ‘foodie must’  runs every day from June 23rd thru the 30th.  Make a reservation and enjoy these perks: prix-fixe menus a hundreds of participating restaurants in NYC; discounts at breweries, wineries, bakeries, cheesemongers and those alike; tasting events at the Greenmarkets, Whole Foods, Brooklyn Brewery, the Children’s Museum of New York and other select locations.  Visit ediblemanhattan.com to get the full restaurant guide and information on how to make reservations to the places you choose.


There are so many events in NYC actually on the 4th of July, there is no way we could list them all.  Here are 3 that may interest you.  4th of July at Sky Room features an open bar from 6m-11pm and a picnic buffet.  Keeping it NYC traditional would beg a visit to the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at the restaurant’s flagship location on Coney Island.  Enjoy the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular aboard a Circle Line dinner cruise.  The 3 hour cruise features music from a live DJ and plenty of food and drinks for purchase.