Where to eat in NYC on July 4

sons of essex nyc bar going out
Sons of Essex is taking the party to the street.
Credit: Provided

The Fourth of July is about the patriotic celebration of our freedoms. So exercise your right to the best food and drinks in the country, if New York City does say so itself.

The Gander
Make new friends for the Fourth with karaoke and a ping-pong tournament, then get to know each other over an all-American menu including homemade pies and a sundae bar. Need some liquid courage? Kegs of craft brews and the bar’s signature Goose Punch stand ready to help. $60 just food; $100 for food, drinks and a goodie bag. 15 W. 18th St., 212-229-9500

Boqueria
This tapas bar brings some Barcelona to your burger with its Independence Special: a Black Angus patty on a brioche bun, spicy potatoes and a glass of red sangria for $17.76. 171 Spring St., 212-343-4255

Recette
Outdoor classics get an upscale twist — like bratwurst in a puff pastry — in a three-course, $28 menu. Also on the list are potato salad with pickled ramps and a deconstructed s’more. 328 W. 12th St., 212-414-3000

mira sushi nyc hot dog
Mini hot dog, big taste.
Credit: Mira Sushi

Mira Sushi & Izakaya
Skip the usual grilled frank and try chef Brian Tsao’s Japanese-inspired mini hot dogs. The dogs ($7 for 2) are made with smoked pork sausage from Japan and topped with a jicama mango slaw and red onions. 46 W. 22nd St., 212-989-7889

Pig roasts

Sons of Essex
Our national food may be apple pie, but it’s bacon that we love in everything (including apple pie!). Sons of Essex is taking over its namesake street with its second annual Bacon & Beer Block Party. We’re talking pig roasts from noon till late, with sides and beer, for $48. 133 Essex St., 212-674-7100

Sotto 13
The “social Italian” kitchen keeps its unlimited-cocktail boozy brunch going all weekend long, but Friday’s pig roast will add dishes like slow-roasted porchetta, pulled pork hash and Patty’s Pork Plate, with plantains and avocados by the Puerto Rican sous chef. 140 W. 13th St., 212-647-1001

Paulaner
Friday’s other big event is the World Cup quarterfinals, which will be on every TV in this Bavarian restaurant and brewery. If a bratwurst burger isn’t quite traditional enough for you, Friday’s BeerBQ Fest includes a shareable plate of roast suckling pig and housemade pork sausages with coleslaw. 265 Bowery, 212-780-0300

Food with a view

Spyglass
The Archer Hotel’s new rooftop bar is barely old enough in days to drink legally, but you certainly can, with indoor and outdoor seating and cocktails like You Look Smashing that echo the ‘50s vibe. As a David Burke Group property, you’ll be well served by the shareable plates. 47 W. 38th St., 212-719-4100

Hotel Chantelle
A Made in America rooftop party sounds like the proper way to celebrate our country. The $15 ticket includes a cocktail, but don’t miss the liquor-infused snow cones. Electric Gentleman will spin hit tunes under the Parisian-inspired canopy — catch the fireworks without getting rained on here. 92 Ludlow St., 212-254-9100

Fornino Brooklyn pizza oven
Fornino sits on the edge of the East River in Brooklyn Bridge Park, making it a prime viewing spot.
Credit: Provided

Fornino
You can’t get much more front row than Brooklyn Bridge Park, where this pizza joint will be serving unlimited grub from 7 to 11 p.m. for $75 (drinks not included). Take your plates up to the roof for the big show set against the Manhattan skyline. Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 718-422-1107

Keep the party going

Arlington Club
The Fourth falls on a Friday, which means there’s no reason for the party to stop. Arlington’s seasonal barbecue menu, which includes fried chicken and baked beans, will be available for dine-in and take-out all weekend long. 1032 Lexington Ave., 212-249-5700

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
Not into fancy restaurants? Then grab a to-go box to feed your party (or picnic, if the forecast improves). The Bird box has eight pieces of chicken with fries and coleslaw, and you can add sides like griddled corn and bacon or pickles. 28 E. First St., 212-228-0404



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.