Memorial Day Fun in NYC

Memorial Day Fun in NYC

Memorial Day is Monday, May 30. If you are still looking for holiday weekend plans, there is plenty going on. From open-air dining to family fun, here are a few things to mark on your calendar this weekend.

Summer weather is finally here, so definitely consider dining outdoors on Monday. If you’re heading to Chelsea, stop by Salinas. The Spanish restaurant will be open for dinner on Memorial Day and you can savor soul-satisfying selections (think Morcilla, blood sausage with organic egg, clams, English peas, guindilla and parsley broth; and Pollo Al Carbon, grilled free-range chicken, judion beans, spring onions, baby carrots, maitake and forum vinegar) in the restaurant’s garden room surrounded by pretty posies. Best part? The glass roof is retractable so you can look at the stars while you dine.

If you want bird’s-eye views with your libations, visit Social Drink & Food in Midtown West. Perched on the fourth floor of Yotel, the new rooftop terrace bar and restaurant specializes in globally inspired street food and cocktails. The venue will be open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight on Memorial Day, serving up lively libations like the Southern Love, a heavenly elixir of rye, mint, strawberries and fresh lemon juice; and the tiki-inspired Tropical Triple, with Flor de Caña rum in addition to pineapple and coconut syrup served in a hollowed-out pineapple. Yummy food will also be available.

Of course, nothing says holiday weekend like a picnic. If you are in the mood to dine in the great outdoors, there are plenty of parks in Manhattan to pick from. For something a bit different, travel across the East River to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The sprawling green space is teeming with tranquil areas to enjoy a feast surrounded by nature.

Maybe you’re in the mood for a cultural outing this weekend? In that case, Distinguished Concerts International New York will present a majestic performance at Carnegie Hall tonight at 7 p.m. Direct from the UK television show “The Choir,” composer-conductor Paul Mealor will lead the Military Wives Choir in a moving and patriotic program of choral music. For details, click here.

If fine art is more up your alley, the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit will take place this weekend. Stop by and browse one-of-a-kind paintings, speak to artists and possibly grab a new favorite treasure to add to your collection.

Searching for family fun? Visit Governors Island for its opening weekend celebration. On May 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the area will come to life with plenty of activities to keep the young (and young at heart) entertained, including magic shows, puppet-making classes and more. You can check out the rundown of all the cool happenings here.

Back on Manhattan Island, you can also enjoy family fun—with a patriotic focus—at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. On Saturday and Sunday, families can enjoy interactive displays, World War II–era music and much more. On Monday, the attraction will hold its Memorial Day ceremony. 

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