Here’s our pick of restaurants perfect for a Father’s Day dinner to remember
No need to fret about where to go for Father’s Day—one of these four spots is certain to please dad’s palate, dishing up everything from prime steaks to barbecue. In fact, these restaurants are so good, you may want to celebrate twice.
Take an Italian-American mob dining den à la Godfather, then replace the mob members with a hyper-stylish set and the old family photos and fixtures with contemporary art and brass chandeliers (but keep the black-and-white tiled floor, here installed as an exact replica of one seen in the movie), and you’ve got Carbone. When it was opened in 2014, it was the hottest table in town, headed by the city’s star chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone and designed by Glen Cobin. Needless to say, it’s a haute red-sauce restaurant that delivers on all fronts, from the food to the art to the cocktails: towers of seafood cocktails and platters of pasta and parmesan-smothered veal, old fashioned made with apple brandy and whiskey sours with Scotch and honey, and contemporary masterpieces curated by the son of art maven Julian Schnabel.
(Thompson St. nr. Bleecker St.)
Nothing says “family dinner” like good barbecue, and for those who want to honor Father’s Day in such a classic American way need not be scared that New York is devoid of something so, well, normal. Quite the opposite: head to Mighty Quinn’s to find some of the best brisket, pulled pork, and spare ribs in the state. Strictly naturally raised meats are smoked slowly over wood fires, spiced delicately, and served on wood planks with fresh-cut fries and upgraded versions of classic sides, such as buttermilk broccoli salad with bacon and almonds, sweet-corn fritters with honey-chili sauce, and homemade pickles. Given the restaurant’s posh locations in the East and West villages, FiDi, and the Upper East Side, it’s no roadside shack: polished concrete floors and wood accents give it a sort of rustic-meets-industrial-chic. Wash it all down with craft beers and on-tap. (Multiple locations)
The trendy Il Mulino group may be known most for its super-hip restaurants in the country’s top club hubs—South Beach, Las Vegas, Atlantic City—but down in SoHo, its 2014-opened Il Mulino Prime is airy and intimate, a perfect backdrop for a classy night out. Top-notch, white-shirted service will recommend a bottle from the spectacular wine list to best fit with your dry-aged Kobe steak or prime filet, and though Il Mulino Prime is certainly heaven for carnivores, the whole roasted branzino and homemade pastas come highly recommended as well. And rather than being expectedly fashioned with dark wood and leather like most temples to meat, Il Mulino Prime’s big windows and white walls hung with faux-taxidermy wall art make it a sleek, fresh take on the classic New York steakhouse. (West Broadway at Grand St.)
Perhaps dad’s idea of an ideal dinner doesn’t fall under a particular umbrella, but rather encompasses a bit on everything. Schiller’s Liquor Bar is downtown’s spot of choice that does just that. Dim lighting, shabby-chic décor, and an American brasserie menu that’s short in length but deep in flavor sees Schiller’s with lines out the door on nearly a nightly basis. Plates like garlic shrimp and chicken pot pie may sound simple enough, but they’ve consistently blown top food critics away year after year. The steak frites is particularly notorious, in the best of ways. But perhaps Schiller’s most famous offering is its sticky toffee pudding, so be sure to save room for dessert—and, of course, the killer cocktails, which change with the season. (Rivington St. at Norfolk St.)