We can’t pretend to help with all Daddy issues, but when it comes to Father’s Day, we can take the stress out of deciding where to eat. Whether the plan is a big brunch or an intimate dinner, below are some choices that are sure to make your Father happy, no matter how badly you did in college.
Four Charles Prime Rib – This hot new West Village restaurant is a meat lover’s dream, paired with a dark and sexy atmosphere. It is your duty as a good child to make sure someone at your table orders the famous American Burger, “Au Cheval” style. Book well in advance, or be flexible with timing.
4 Charles Street; 212-561-5992; nycprimerib.com, Resy.com for reservations
21 Club – The famous dining room at this midtown institution has hosted every power player of the last ninety years, and the decor is a perfect mix of masculine and whimsical. Show Dad you are a real adult by taking him for a luxurious meal that will be hard to forget. (Note jackets are required for men, and no shorts allowed.)
21 West 52nd Street; 212-582-7800; 21club.com
Amata – For a proper Sunday supper, Amata is your spot. Generous portions of old-school Italian classics (chicken parm anyone?) in a polished casual atmosphere will really allow for the family to feel at home.
209 East 56th Street; 212-308-0830; amatanyc.com
Hometown BBQ – For a delicious outer-borough adventure, take the New York City Water Taxi to Red Hook and walk over to Hometown Bar-B-Que. Hometown is highly acclaimed as New York City’s best barbecue, which also means that there’s often a (LONG) line. Lead Dad to one of the two bars while you head to the counter for some of the best pit-smoked meats you’ve ever had, including the massive beef rib, the moist Texas-style brisket, and pulled pork tacos.
454 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn; 347-294-4644; hometownbarbque.com
Barbuto– If brunch is more your Father’s Day style, then Barbuto can’t be beat. In warm weather, the garage doors are open and the whole Meatpacking scene is on display, but nothing can distract from Jonathan Waxman’s stellar cuisine. The JW chicken and bucatini alla carbonara are particular standout dishes.
775 Washington Street; 212-924-9700; barbutonyc.com
Cookshop – Brunch at Cookshop is a perfect respite during a day of perusing galleries in Chelsea or strolling on the High Line. The farm to table menu offers a mix of veggie -heavy and heartier fare, ensuring that there is something for everyone, and if you’re lucky, you can snag a table outside.
156 10th Avenue; 212-924-4440; cookshopny.com
Katz’s– Katz’s is a no-nonsense, straightforward New York City Deli at its finest. The scene is a little chaotic and service can be a bit gruff, but it is all part of Katz’s charm. The pastrami is legendary, everything is served in giant portions, and Dad will surely appreciate your nod towards nostalgia.
205 East Houston Street; 212-254-2246; katzsdelicatessen.com