City Guide: Labor Day Weekend 2018!!
City Guide: Labor Day Weekend 2018!!
Is it actually September already?! When did that happen?! I feel like Summer just started and now its almost over. Don't get me wrong I LOVE love Fall and can't wait for it to get here, but I gotta say, I will miss the way NYC comes alive with so many things to do every single day during Summer. Well, let's make these last couple weeks count starting with Labor Day Weekend specials! Here are six fantastic ways to get every last drop left of Summer this LBD and drink away the long weekend. Enjoy!
Escape to a Midtown Oasis at Castell
Long weekends like Labor Day are the ideal time to visit neighborhoods that might otherwise be packed—for instance Times Square—while other city dwellers flee out east. Before taking in the Manhattan sights or a Broadway show, stop by Castell, the rooftop bar and lounge set atop the 21st floor of the newly acclaimed AC Hotel New York Times Square. Conveniently located on 40th St., Castell is an entirely refined Midtown oasis with a robust cocktail program and mediterranean-influenced tapas. The city views, cocktails (we highly recommend the pitcher of sangria!) and neighboring activities will not let you down.
Get Sheep faced at La Pecora Bianca
Have a weekend brunch experience on a Monday because why not? It’s Labor Day. The brunch menu has delicious options like sheep's milk ricotta and lemon pancakes with mascarpone and maple syrup, baked eggs in spicy tomato sauce, and a signature burger with two Pat LaFrieda patties, pancetta, fontina cheese and pickled pepperoncini. Make sure to add the $18 unlimited Bloody Marys and Bellinis for one hour. You deserve it. Also, September 1 kicks off the "30 Days of Rosé" special—$30 bottles of the house rosé for all of September! Normal price is $56.
Finally Get a Table At New East Village Hotspot, 886
Since opening in July, 886, the new Taiwanese izakaya on Saint Marks Place in the East Village, has been a tough reservation. While closed on Mondays, take advantage of the emptier city and finally book a Friday or Saturday dinner reservation or venture over around their 5:30pm opening. From the Spicy Chicken Sandwich to the Danzai Mian, the dishes at 886 are well worth the (lesser Labor Day weekend) wait.
Poolside Sunbathing at The Williamsburg Hotel
From the newly opened rooftop + pool, gorgeous suites with Manhattan views, and a world-class food + beverage program, The Williamsburg Hotel is the ideal destination for travelers. Though the hotel is walking distance from the neighborhood’s best activities, guests do not even have to leave to enjoy Williamsburg’s most talked about hotspots, like The Restaurant, where executive chef Nicolas Caicedo serves creative, functional dishes made with the purest ingredients, and The Rooftop + Pool, where guests can enjoy seasonal cocktails from beverage director Rael Petit while relaxing on one of the plush, stylish daybeds. Please find more information on The Restaurant here and on The Rooftop + Pool, here.
Another Labor Day Brunch Option: Boqueria
Celebrate international flavors this Labor Day at the lively Barcelona-inspired tapas bar and restaurant, Boqueria. The bustling eatery will be serving its boozy brunch menu on Labor Day (in addition to Saturday and Sunday) at all of its locations (aside from Gotham Market). For $39 per person, guests enjoy two hours of unlimited sangria (three varieties) and mimosas, and can choose from a generous selection of Spanish tapas, brunch dishes, brunch paella and churros. Reservations recommended but not required.
Café All Day at Toby’s Estate
Nab that coveted corner table at Toby’s Estate West Village Cafe and Brew Parlor or Flatiron Espresso Bar. Finding a café seat in one of these notoriously bustling neighborhoods can often by hard to come by, however during Labor Day Weekend, while the city is *somewhat* deserted, the odds are in your favor. Head to one of these charming neighborhood cafes and enjoy one of Toby’s Estate limited edition summer specials including the Mint Julep ($5), a delicious drink that combines a double shot of espresso with textured milk and housemade basil-mint syrup, served over ice, or the Matcha Strawberry Lemonade ($5) – a beautiful, colorful coffee-alternative that combines Natalie’s lemonade with matcha and housemade strawberry syrup, available at the West Village location only.