Explore Your City With Rooftop Wine, Restaurant Week, and Free Waffles


Summer Restaurant Week, multiple locations, Monday through August 14

Take advantage of affordable outdoor dining during the summer session of NYC Restaurant Week. Recently opened options for three-course $25 lunches and $38 dinners include Chefs Club by Food & Wine, while The Library at the Public and Saul at the Brooklyn Museum provide easy access for entertainment after the meal. A full lineup of participating restaurants and reservation options can be viewed here.

Strong Island Dinner, All’onda, 22 East 13th Street, Monday, 5:30 p.m.

Long Island natives Marc Forgione and Chris Jaeckle team together to shine a spotlight on local ingredients. The duo collaborated on a six-course menu, with dishes including oysters, swordfish crudo, duck breast, and a dessert featuring Long Island iced tea–flavored ice cream. The restaurant will also feature a selection of music curated by fashion designer Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein to enjoy during service, which means this is a great opportunity to make a bold statement with your outfit for the evening. Reservations are $85 (sales tax, gratuity, and beverages are not included) and can be made by contacting the restaurant directly or online.

Free Waffles and Rare Beer, Clinton Hall, 90 Washington Street, Tuesday, 6 to 11 p.m.

If you missed your chance to party like a Belgian this weekend, the real Belgian Independence Day is being celebrated on Tuesday with free waffles and rare beers from Brewery Ommegang. The Wafels & Dinges truck is giving away 200 free waffles to customers who purchase a beer, with the brewery offering a special independence day brew that some say tastes like tangerine. Ommegang makes one beer for the Belgian holiday each year, available only this week, with brews like the cherry-blended Liefman Cuvee Brut disappearing quicker than a Snapchat. The beer hall also offers non-traditional Belgian games like beer pong and Jenga, with a full food and drink menu available for purchase.

Rooftop Reds Launch Party, Kings County Distillery, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 6 to 9 p.m.

Check out a Brooklyn-based rooftop winery while chowing down on roasted pig courtesy of Smoak BBQ. For $35, guests receive one drink from the winery’s first vintage as well as all-you-can-eat pig sliders with sides, with additional whiskey cocktails available for purchase. The rooftop also plans to host happy hours — including one where you can reserve a hammock — as well as tours and pop-up dining events. Reserve a ticket with a sunset view here.

New Happy Hour, Leyenda, 221 Smith Street, Brooklyn, Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.

Instead of sitting in beach traffic, end the weekday on a backyard patio at a new happy hour with cocktails from Julie Reiner and Ivy Mix. Specials include discounted select drinks ($5–$6), beer ($3–$4), and wine ($5). Groups can also take advantage of pitchers of sangria ($28) and spirit flights. As Friday is also National Tequila Day, the bar will be featuring 28 varieties in addition to piscos, mezcals, and other spirits.

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