In the days leading up to Labor Day, it’s easy to get gripped with regret by the exotic vacation you couldn’t afford, the potential beach visits you frittered away, and all the frozen daiquiris you failed to drink. And while we’re loathe to add to that understandable anxiety, we compiled a list of seasonal drinks and bites that you can still cross off your list, from a rosé party on a rooftop, to grilled fish tacos on a boat.
Have Burgers and a Beer at Brooklyn Barge
Time is running out to visit Greenpoint’s seasonal gastropub on a barge, which offers a diverse menu of tacos, sliders, chicken skewers and Korean chili fries, along with maritime activities like kayaking, fishing and sailing.
97 West St., Greenpoint
Enjoy Ribs and Rosé at Rooftop Reds
Not only is this Navy Yard newcomer the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard, but they’ve already hosted a number of events in their wholly unique venue. Think Ribs and Rosé, a vino and bbq collaboration with Fletcher’s, which will officially conclude its run on September 18th.
63 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn Navy Yard
Eat a Panini at Roll n’ Roaster
The Sheepshead Bay legend managed to raise its game after 45 years, launching a summertime-only stand selling ices freckled with strands of fresh zest, as well as roast beef sandwiches run through a panini press–a brilliant stratagem for absorbing extra gravy, onions and cheez.
2901 Emmons Ave., Sheepshead Bay
Graze in Olmsted’s Garden
What will Olmsted do when they don’t have the benefit of a glorious al fresco garden, where patrons can pre-game on herb-infused cocktails, nibble on watermelon sushi and green bean frites, and watch quails and crawfish at play while they wait (and wait, and wait) for a table?
659 Vanderbilt Ave., Prospect Heights
Get Cracking at a Crab Boil at Frankie’s
Have you gotten especially handy with a mallet, after a season of extricating sea creatures from their formidable, spiny shells? Take a final swing at Frankie’s 457, during their culminating post-Labor Day crab boil in their arcadian backyard, featuring all-you-can-crack crustaceans for $84pp.
457 Court St., Carroll Gardens
Raise a Glass of Frozémonade at Extra Fancy
Frosé–i.e., slushy rosé–was undoubtedly the drink of the summer, yet Extra Fancy does it one better with its proprietory Frozémonade, blending the blush wine with fresh-squeezed lemonade for a wondrously refreshing (and only marginally boozy) drink.
302 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg
Eat Pizza Off of a Stick at Vinnie’s
Leave it to the creators of pizza in a pizza box and pizza-topped pizza to make the street snack even more portable, mummifying toppings of cheese and pepperoni or buffalo-sauced chicken in torpedoes of dough, and propping them on sticks–ensuring the pops remain perfectly crisp on the outside and gooey within, on route to the ballgame, concert or beach.
148 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg
Drink Out of a Lightbulb at Viiza
Infatuated instagrammers rarely make dedicated pilgrimages to Sunset Park, and yet, you’ll find hordes of them haunting the unassuming Taiwanese lunch counter, Viiza–striking a pose with oversized, straw-skewered lightbulbs, brimming with blueberry mojitos and lychee green tea.
5401 8th Ave., Sunset Park