Summer is in full swing which means that every party is officially an outside party. As soon as both you and the sun clock out this week, head outdoors to eat BBQ at a comedy show, watch a movie in the park, or dance on an open-air rooftop.
Summer BBQs need a few things to be successful: quality meat, a tough but fair grillmaster, and the de facto entertainer with the good stories. If your cookout is lacking its requisite court jester, eat your brisket and baked beans on the side patio at Fette Sau’s free comedy show Drule Comedy. Come by on Thursday at 8:30pm to catch comics who’ve been featured on Comedy Central and Tru TV.
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Bonnie’s is one of NYC’s most exciting spots to have dinner right now, due in part to buzzy menu items like a take on a McRib that involves sticky-sweet cha shu and hot mustard. This weekend, the sandwich gets a special twist with the addition of a strawberry glaze in collaboration with Bowery Farming. (You'll see Bowery's strawberries on the seasonal fruit plate as well.) Bonnie’s is one of the toughest reservations in town, but you can always order from their to-go/delivery “McBonnie’s” menu, which includes the McRib and fruit plate, as well as a fish sandwich, fries, and nuggets. The limited-release sandwich will be available in the restaurant and for delivery from July 8-10.
If you’ve got someone visiting from out of town who’s set on going to Radio City Music Hall, do them one better and snag a reservation to eat on the private rooftop garden, Radio Park. Chef JJ Johnson of Harlem's Fieldtrip is hosting a lunch and dinner pop-up July 8-11 and July 15-17 featuring a four-course Caribbean soul menu and amazing views of the surrounding skyline. Buy tickets here.
Fort Greene Park
Outdoor movie screenings are a very adorable way to make it seem like you put more effort into a date than you actually did, and they're great for spending time in the park without getting a sunburn. Tomorrow night, Showtime and Brooklyn Magazine are kicking off their Showtime in the Park series with a screening of Spielberg’s new remake of West Side Story in Fort Greene Park. While you’re there, get some free coffee from Gowanus-based coffee roaster Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists at the on-site Showtime Café pop-up.
We’re lucky to still have more than a handful of jazz clubs in NYC, but very few of them have decent dance floors. When you want to do more just sit in the shadows wishing you could still smoke inside, go to Gotham Jazz night at Somewhere Nowhere. Starting at 5pm on Wednesdays, you can head over to the Chelsea rooftop bar for a live band, DJs, and a series of burlesque and aerial performances. The outdoor pool area will also be open for drinks. More info and reservations here.