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Since you were born, all your father wanted on his special day was to have someone deliver him his beloved newspaper and let him devour a plate of bacon. Now it’s time to show him you’ve become a responsible, decision-making adult by taking him out for a Father’s Day he won’t forget. Here are a few unique food-related ways you can celebrate the man of the house.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
Spend a little quality time with Dad during this theater’s Spoons, Toons and Booze Father’s Day special. Nitehawk will play a selection of old cartoons, spanning the years between 1930 and 2000. Dig into an all-you-can-eat cereal bar and throw back custom cocktails to celebrate the big day. Tickets are $16 online; drinks are available for purchase.
Zampa/Bartow Pell Mansion, 895 Shore Road, Bronx
Your dad won’t stop talking about how baseball used to be when it was the Brooklyn Dodgers/Yankees before A-Rod. You can’t believe people went to ballparks in suits. Agree to disagree, and then pick up one of Zampa’s prosciutto-filled picnic baskets and head to the Bronx this Sunday, where The New York Mutuals will play the game as if you were back in 1864 on the lawn of the Bartow Pell Mansion. Attendees must register in advance; tickets for the game are $10.
Papatzul, 55 Grand Street, noon to 5 p.m.
Ready to convince dad you’ve finally grasped the concept of budgeting? Papatzul is offering a special Father’s Day unbrunch where you can get items like four tacos and a beer for $14. Get the whole family involved in deciding whether Pacifico pairs best with shrimp poblano or skirt steak.
Old School Brooklyn, 520 Court Street, Brooklyn
Does your dad frequently remind you that there were days before words like “vegan” and “gluten-free” appeared on menus everywhere? Consider taking him to Old School Brooklyn, where a menu focused on beloved Italian classics like duck and veal meatballs might convince him that this is one brand new restaurant he can get behind. Sweetening the deal, the spot will be offering free dessert for all dads on Father’s Day. And afterward, you can help dad burn off the banana split by walking down to the Gowanus Canal and entertaining his lamentations about how much the neighborhood has changed.