Oh Labor Day, you may masquerade as a joyous, BBQ and booze filled holiday, but in truth, you’re a dastardly harbinger of the season’s end—a farewell to summer Fridays, extended vacations, and getting smashed on frosty drinks at three in the afternoon. Thankfully, there’s still a week to go until Blue Monday; so make the most of it with these final, warm-weather food flings!
Comb Coney Island
It’s no Rockaway Beach, but there are still plenty of good eats to be found on and around the Coney Island boardwalk. We’ve always had a weakness for those fat and crinkly Nathan’s fries (who doesn’t love stabbing their spuds with red plastic pitchforks?) as well as juicy mangoes on a stick peddled by little old ladies plodding through the sand. Be sure to finish up your day of fun with a cold Coney Island Lager at the Freak Bar
Relax by the Red Hook waterfront with a handheld, key lime pie
We’re suckers for many things — among them — eateries specializing in one item, miniature foodstuffs, and scrappy Jack Russell terriers diving for rats off of a pier. Luckily, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie
meets all of our perimeters.
204 Van Dyke St, (718) 858-5333
Eat your weight in half-priced oystersMaison Premiere
in Williamsburg houses Brooklyn’s most exalted oyster happy hour, but it’s hardly the only one. Feast on summer’s most succulent mollusks (for only a buck apiece!) at Cornelius, Allswell, The Morgan, Lobster Joint, MyMoon, Mussels and More….and more and more and more!
Fire up the ‘cue one last time
And be sure to pack it with goodies from some of Brooklyn’s best butchers, like Fleisher’s
, Marlow and Daughters
, or the Meat Hook
. Don’t have a grill? Visit a bar with a bring-your-own-beef policy (Bushwick Country Club), or one that holds regular cookouts (Metropolitan).
Pack a picnic
Eating on a blanket on the ground is a pleasure reserved solely for summer (alright, early spring as well) and this handy guide
is all you’ll need to score the ultimate picnic-friendly fare.
Sip Sauvignon Blanc on Juliette's rooftop bar
This giddily Euro-chic French bistro boasts one of the most slamming roof decks in the city — the perfect place for indulging in moules, frites, and a glass or three of crisp and citrusy white wine.
135 N 5th St, (718) 388-9222
Walk your dog (and eat one too) on Pier 6 in DUMBO
Take in the stellar city views from Brooklyn Bridge Park as you stroll and snack on one of Bark
’s delectable lard-basted hot dogs. As long as you don’t order it with onions, you can even sneak your pup a bite!
Have a mid-day margarita at Habana Outpost
We all know the true joy of summer is drinking during off hours — and nothing says devil-may-care abandon quite like plastic cups full of sweet and slushy margaritas. Lay a base for your booze at this open-air, eco-friendly eatery with an ear or two of elote — grilled corn slathered with crema, lime juice, and cotija cheese. 757 Fulton St, (718) 858-9500
Share a square and spumoni at old-school L&B
No one orders slices at L&B Spumoni Gardens
— so save face, go with a crowd, and order a whole or half tray of Sicilian-style squares. Then kick back in the courtyard with a vibrantly-colored cup of vanilla, chocolate and pistachio spumoni — it may not taste great to anyone weaned on Van Leeuwens, but for the rest of us, it’s pure South Brooklyn nostalgia.
2725 86th St, (718) 372-8400
Crack and whack your way through a whole lobster
We’re constantly on a quest for the ultimate city-side, sea-shanty experience, and sometimes, ambience is all. We’re not going to claim that Nick’s Lobster
in Mill Basin has the best crustaceans in the city (most would agree it’s Red Hook Lobster Pound
), but donning a shellfish and lemon juice-splashed bib on Nick’s wood paneled deck as we gaze at the salt-weathered houses lining the water — well — it gets us every time.
2777 Flatbush Ave, (718) 253-7117