PLAN DATE: SUN / AUG. 4
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 a cocktail made with Suntory Whisky Toki (it has the coolest ice spear). With live music from artists like DJ Dastan and immersive performances from aerialist Nikki Ortiz and on-demand poetry from the Haiku Guys and Gals, 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 3-9 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: The food is nothing to balk at either—we can’t wait to try Nansense, Afghan comfort food!