PLAN DATE: SUN / AUG. 12
Start with a light bite (you’ll want to save room for later) at John Brown Smokehouse, a casual, counter-service restaurant that specializes in Kansas City-style smoked meats, promoting a messy, hands-on dining experience. With red-and-white checkered tablecloths, exposed brick walls, and a back patio decked out in highly stylized graffiti, latticework, and vines (find a seat out here, if possible), Brooklyn meets the South in this saucy, meat-lovers mecca.
After dinner, make your way to The Foundry for an event that combines a forward-thinking ideology with eclectic mixology. The Secret Summer farm-to-bar cocktail festival showcases a vast selection of unique cocktails with ingredients sourced from local farms. Be sure to order the Earl of White with Brockmans Gin and the Toki Highball with Suntory Whisky Toki (and the coolest ice spear). With live music from artists like Moon Hooch and appearances from industry specialists like Man vs. Food’s Casey Webb (who will judge the event and choose the best cocktail), Secret Summer is an intimate experience that incorporates all of your senses inside The Foundry’s indoor/outdoor setting, complete with a courtyard, greenhouse, and Manhattan skyline views. The festival runs from 2-8 p.m.
Long Island City
Dinner, Cocktail Festival
Tickets, $150-175 Includes All Drinks & Food
John Brown Smokehouse
10-43 44th Dr, Long Island City, Queens
idk tip: Check out their specialty menu section for the real goods—namely the P.B.L.T. (it’s a B.L.T., but with pork belly and Texas toast).
Secret Summer NYC
The Foundry, 42-38 9th St, Long Island City, Queens
idk tip: Don’t miss out on their “Official After Party” at the Profundo Pool Club at The Ravel Hotel.