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4th of July in NYC

Hi. We are headed to NYC for a wedding over the 4th of July weekend. The wedding is actually going to be on Sunday the 3rd, so we'll want to go out to dinner on Saturday and on the actual 4th which is a Monday. Anyone have any experience spending the 4th in Manhattan? Are most businesses open as usual? Is there a desirable neighborhood to be in to see fireworks/ festivities? Or one to avoid for that matter?

We live downtown Chicago so it's not like we don't have access to top notch restaurants, but we normally go for more authentic, fun, neighborhood type places. I know places Daniel and La Bernardin are awesome but I feel like they are not the kind of places that 30 something New Yorkers go on any given Saturday night, you know? Same thing can be said for Alinea or Trotters here in the windy city. I'm looking for a "foodie's neighborhood gem" type of place. I saw Prune on Antony Bourdain and it looked pretty good. Also am interested in Blue Ribbon Brasserie.

Whadda ya think? Thanks for helping this Chicago girl out with dining recommendations for her second favorite city in America!

Blue Ribbon Brasserie
97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      I'll bring this forward on Kelly's behalf...

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      Most New Yorkers get out of the city for the long weekend
      A lot of businesses are closed

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      1. re: pbjluver

        this is last year's - 2010 - info...will give you an idea of where to view the fireworks


        1. re: pbjluver

          I'd definitely do a New York thing and eat somewhere that will give you easy access to view the fireworks - and yes, except in those and a few other really crowded areas, much of the city including the downtown and midtown business districts and many residential areas feel really empty on 4th of July weekend. You could shoot cannons down Park Avenue in the 50s and hit nothing. I'll bet the High Line will be full of people though as well as Central Park. If you wait a bit, with a list of restaurants which interest you, you can check availability on Opentable.com

        2. re: pbjluver

          That statement is completely wrong. Not a single restaurant in NYC closes for 4th of July weekend.

          1. re: princeofpork

            ...and "Most New Yorkers get out of the city for the long weekend"...also not true!

            1. re: princeofpork

              meant businesses / stores...not necessarily restaurants

              1. re: pbjluver

                Stores will all be open, restaurants all open, banks and other offices closed but that prob won't matter to a tourist.

                Firworks are on the Hudson again this year. Best view will be from the West side highway, easiests way to get there with low crowds... 72nd St

            2. re: pbjluver

              Eleven Madison Park plans to close for Monday the 4th.

              Eleven Madison Park
              11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

            3. Here are a few foodies' neighborhood gems with price points similar to Blue Ribbon Brasserie:

              The Dutch
              The Breslin
              Kin Shop
              Momofuku Ssam Bar
              Ma Peche
              The Modern Bar Room
              Hotel Griffou
              Casa Mono

              For something a bit swankier, I love Scarpetta, Minetta Tavern, Babbo, and Lincoln. Perhaps Marea, though it's pricey.

              I think most (if not all) of these restaurants would be open on Saturday night and on Monday the Fourth of July.

              9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

              110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

              Casa Mono
              52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

              Momofuku Ssam Bar
              207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

              Minetta Tavern
              113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

              72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

              Blue Ribbon Brasserie
              97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

              355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

              240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

              Ma Peche
              15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

              Empellon Taqueria
              230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

              1. If you want to see the fireworks on the 4th, you might have a wonderful and delicious time just packing a picnic dinner and sitting on the grass in Riverside Park. The area around the 79th St. Boat Basin on the Upper West Side has pleasant picnic spots. You can pick up some very nice picnic foods from Zabar's.

                I bet the High Line Elevated Park is another good place to watch the fireworks. If you want to picnic there, you can put together a great meal from the various stores in Chelsea Market.

                As for neighborhood spots... There are so, so many. It might help to narrow it down by neighborhood(s) and/or cuisines.

                2245 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

                Boat Basin Cafe
                W 79th St and Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10024