Is your Dad tough to please? Probably not, but you still want to make sure he has fun on Father's Day. We found five places to take your Dad that he's guaranteed to enjoy.
339 E. 75th St.
Co-founded by the bartender of the moment, Dead Rabbit alum Pamela Wiznitzer, this Upper East Side bar has barely opened and is already on the radar of boozy foodies. Dad is sure to find a new favorite among the 50-deep cocktail list, and the food comes from an equally serious kitchen that cooks its pork shank to fall-off-the-bone tenderness, among other all-American fare.
Montana’s Trail House
445 Troutman St., Bushwick
For the rugged Dad who longs for the big country, this auto repair shop-turned-restaurant is like eating in a cool upstate New York barn. He’ll appreciate the DIY attitude that goes into everything here, from the rooftop herb garden to the chef making his own hot sauce from fermented ghost peppers and the bartender’s signature switchel, a traditional mountain-style soda. Make this your brunch stop for the baked French toast or the fried chicken biscuit with apple jam.
The Polo Bar
1 E. 55th St.
True to the style of its founder, Ralph Lauren, this place sidesteps highbrow fuss for accessible, well-executed dishes. The equestrian decor, like his fashions, is instantly classic, and Dad will be happy to leave his tie in the closet while enjoying the casual-refined version of gathering around the dinner table. He can’t go wrong with the signature burger, made with beef from Lauren’s Colorado ranch.
72 W. 36th St., Midtown West
If this isn’t already one of Dad’s favorite places, he would nod his approval after learning that it’s been open since 1885. (The James Beard Awards recognized it as an American classic in 2013.) But it’s not just the Porterhouse that’s worth putting on a bib for — this place serves a mutton chop that deserves respect. And in case your Dad is also a scotch man, their single malt collection numbers north of 200 varieties.
State Fair Meadowlands
East Rutherford, New Jersey
What Dad really wants on Father’s Day is to spend time with you, so do something together that you probably haven’t since you were a kid and take him to the state fair. State Fair Meadowlands, which returns this Friday for 17 days, is the largest fair in the metro area with 150 rides and attractions. Walk the midway, eat too much funnel cake, see the pigs race and the acrobats fly, and remember a simpler time for both of you.