The Ultimate New York City Memorial Day Weekend Food Tour

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image: boqueria

Forgo the classic backyard barbecue this Memorial Day Weekend and opt for a quintessential New York City food tour. From breakfast at Clinton Street Baking Co. to drinks on a boat (with some Popbar gelato in-between), let Pulse guide you through the ultimate foodie weekend.

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image: grand banks

Escape work and head directly to Grand Banks, a bar on the deck of a fishing boat on Pier 25, for some nicely mixed cocktails. After a few drinks stay in Tribeca and have a fancy Japanese meal at Ichimura at Brushstroke, an upscale sushi bar renowned for their fresh omakase menu.


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image: doughnut plant

Spend your first full weekend day eating your way through the Lower East Side. Head to Clinton Street Baking Co. and put your name down (they don’t take reservations!) for a table. While waiting grab a coffee and a doughnut to ease your hunger pains at the Doughnut Plant (they serve Toby’s Estate coffee in addition to a seasonal guest roaster). And make sure to order the pancakes when you get seated.

After devouring your pancakes spend some time walking around The Lowline, New York City’s first underground park, and if you work up an appetite it might be time for barbecue. It is Memorial Day weekend, after all. Find some of the best in Manhattan at Mighty Quinn’s. Indulge in the pommes frites, too.

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image: mighty quinn’s

Take yourself for a perfectly crafted cocktail at East Village staple Angel’s Share. Find the speakeasy by entering Japanese eatery Village Yokocho, go upstairs, find a door in the corner and open it. Welcome to the secret bar.

Top the day off with a delectable meal in a great setting at The Smith. I suggest ordering the salmon and the mac and cheese.


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image: popbar

Grab a late brunch at Middle Eastern spot 12 Chairs. Order the warm pecan pie a la mode, grape leaves, roasted beets and labneh before biting into a mushroom and onion omelette with some hummus on the side. Although the eatery also serves some incredible wine, why not stretch your legs while walking to the City Winery? The well-renowned winery serves both classic and eclectic wines that will satisfy any drinker’s palate.

Spend the afternoon at Washington Square Park and scoop up gelato on a stick from Popbar. Need a pick-me-up? Oren’s Daily Roast is right by the park.

A light dinner at Boqueria Soho offers vegetarian and the meat-heavy tapas. Afterwards, listen to live music with a whiskey on the rocks in hand at Smalls Jazz Bar.


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image: oddfellows ice cream

There is no other way to enjoy Memorial Day in Manhattan: grab some picnic food and spend the entire day at Central Park. Let us help pack your basket: choose your favorite cheese at Murray’s Cheese, grab some eclectic ice cream at OddFellows Ice Cream Co. and don’t forget a few slices of the best bread you’ve ever had from Balthazar.


What are you eating this Memorial Day Weekend? Snap a pic and tag @longislandpulse on Instagram, or tell us in the comments below.