Our 10 Best: Holiday Weekend Edition


After what seems like weeks of bad weather, Memorial Day weekend is finally upon us, which means a number of things: sunshine, road trips, and barbecue, to name a few. We’re going to be unveiling Our 10 Best Barbecue Restaurants tomorrow, but why stop there? One of the best things about a long weekend is keeping everything easy and hassle-free, which is why we decided to compile our favorite “10 Best” lists for you to use as a handy guide for enjoying yourself. Whether you’re traveling, staying put, or enjoying the warm weather, we’ve got you covered with the ultimate guide to 10 Bests for summer.

Since It’s Nice Out

Feeling the need for some nature? Try the 10 Best Restaurants With Secret Gardens.

Want nature AND booze? Visit the 10 Best Bars for Drinking Outside.

Got a Zipcar or a friend with a convertible? Spend some time outside with Our 10 Best Food-Centric Day Trips.

Feeling like a picnic? Pack a lunch of Our 10 Best Sandwiches and head to one of Our 10 Best (Il)legal Picnic Spots.

If it’s 85 degrees out, then it’s finally hot enough to enjoy one of Our 10 Best Bodega Frozen Treats.

So much grilling! Trying to balance your barbecue intake with some vegetarian options? Try Our 10 Best Veggie Burgers or Our 10 Best Tofu Dishes.

Farmers’ markets are here! Pick your favorite treats from Our 10 Best Things to Eat at Locavorish Outdoor Markets.

Or have the food brought to you while you observe the crowds and dine at one of Our 10 Best People-Watching Restaurants.

Tips for Travelers

Stuck in holiday weekend traffic and feeling hungry? It’s going to be fine, just get one of Our 10 Fast-Food Items That Don’t Totally Suck.

About to hop a train to the Hamptons but forgot to eat? Don’t worry, we’ve got the 10 Best Grand Central Eats and the 10 Best Penn Station Eats.

Taking a stroll? Make your way to one of the 10 Best Vegetarian Street Foods.

Make a day of Brooklyn and stick around for dinner at one of Our 10 Favorite Brooklyn Restaurants.

Same goes for Red Hook with Our 10 Best Red Hook Restaurants or Queens with Our 10 Favorite Places to Eat in Queens.

Not Going Anywhere

No clean up necessary when you visit Our 10 Best Barbecue Restaurants.

Since everyone’s out of town, there’s sure to be a shorter wait at Our 10 Most Pretentious Restaurants.

Didn’t make it to the beach? Re-create the feeling with Our 10 Best Places to Slurp Raw Oysters or Our 10 Best Fish Dishes.

Everyone else will be hungover on Tuesday, so hit up a happy hour! Head to one with the 10 Best Bar Snacks.

Trying to save cash for the next big vacation? Stay thrifty with the 10 Best BYOB Restaurants.

Toast America (and long weekends) with some drinks — preferably Our 10 Best Cocktails of 2010.

And finally …

NYC is the ultimate destination, so you wound up with family in town? Take them to one of Our 9 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants. If they’re insisting on being touristy, try Our 10 Best Things to Eat Around Times Square, but make sure you avoid the 10 Worst Things to Eat Around Times Square.

But no matter what, enjoy your long weekend! Everyone needs a day off. Make the most of yours with our suggestions, or leave some of your own in the comments section!