With America’s multiculturalism, what better way to celebrate Independence Day then to experience various ethnic foods available in NYC, the dining capital of the world! Where can I eat on July 4th in NYC? Check out this roundup of restaurants that are open or offering specials on July 4th in NYC for 2022.
Eateries with specials for July 4th Weekend
El Cartel Tapas Bar and Restaurant
El Cartel Tapas Bar and Restaurant a family-owned and operated restaurant rooted in Colombian cuisine and culture which has just opened in Hell’s Kitchen, will be offering an array of specials for the Fourth of July Weekend for Friday (7/1), Saturday (7/2), and Sunday (7/3), priced from $30 – $55, but closed on Monday (7/4).
Entrée specials include a choice of: Seafood Rice and Bass Filet, a coastal flavored seafood rice with fried striped bass ($30); Filete Cartagena, fried, stripped filet topped with a homemade red sauce and shrimp served with rice and fried cassava ($35); and Parrillada for Two, a well-packed meal for two consisting of pork chops, chicken breast, skirt steak, shrimp, and Colombian chorizo served with fried yuca, French fries, yellow rice, and black beans ($55). Beverage is not included in the price.
El Cartel’s beverage programoffers Frozen Sangria with a white or red wine base as well as a selection of imported and domestic beer by the bottle headlined by Aguila, the top selling beer in Colombia.
The restaurant also features a selection of wine and champagne by the glass and by the bottle.
Bear Donut will be crafting a red, white, and blue commemorative donut for the holiday, and with a purchase of a small box (composed of four donuts), an additional free donut will be added.
This offer and specialty donut are available from July 2nd – 3rd only as Bear Donut is closed on the July 4th.
Bear Donut bakes fresh donuts twice daily, the first batch arriving at the counter at 10 am and the next at 2 pm, in three varieties of signature donuts developed by Jang: Bear Donuts, chewy and crispy donuts made with sweet rice flour in a bubble-ring shape dressed with powdered or glazed toppings like Powdered Sugar or Cheddar and Lavender or Pink Chocolate Glaze; Glazed Donuts, classic ring-shaped donuts also made with sweet rice flour in flavors ranging from Classic glaze to a sour Grapefruit Poppy; and specialty light and airy brioche Cream Puff Donuts, perfectly round and double the height of the other donut varieties filled with such options as Double Milk Tea and Matcha Custard, each topped with powdered sugar and Dirty Choco, filled with Nutella and glazed with semi-sweet chocolate.
Restaurants Open July 4th Weekend Regular Menu
Mollusca is the newly opened high-design seafood-centric restaurant in the Meatpacking District.
The restaurant’s exquisite menu designed by Executive Chef Gianmaria Sapia features extensive raw bar selections, an Italian-inspired pasta and risotto course, seafood-centric main courses, and the signature dish and namesake, mussels served in 35 unique sauces.
The restaurant also showcases a beautifully designed and well-stocked taupe marble cocktail bar where Beverage Director Kate Uglova, formerly of The Aviary in Chicago—part of the Alinea Group—creates cocktails with intricate flavors and uncommon ingredients.
Mollusca will be open on July 4th from 5 pm to 11 pm and the new outdoor patio is the perfect place to celebrate.
Limani New York
Limani New York will be open on Saturday (7/2), from 12 pm to 11 pm, and Sunday (7/3), from 3 pm – 10 pm, with their a la carte menu available for those gathering with family and friends.
Whole fish selections from and specialty selections from Limani New York’s raw bar—like the irresistibly flaky and buttery Branzino, which is encased in salt and served tableside; and the Head-On Carabineiros from Spain—are perfect for sharing with the whole table and serve as healthier, leaner options with beach season finally upon us
The restaurant also offers an extensive global wine list and refreshing, Greek-inspired cocktails like the Mediterranean Mule with Figenza Fig vodka, pomegranate juice, fresh lime juice, topped with ginger beer, and served over ice.
For those who prefer outdoor dining, Limani New York offers a bird’s-eye view of Rockefeller Center to take in the picturesque sights and ideal for a little people watching.
Or, indoor dining provides views of a beautiful blue infinity pool, where a fish mobile gives the illusion of twirling overhead.
For quality dining at very affordable prices, ICHIRAN is one of New York City’s top dining destinations when it comes to ramen.
ICHIRAN provides solo dining booths for those who may not be gathering with family and friends, however, for those celebrating Independence Day in a group, these partitions can be removed for guests to enjoy the company of loved ones.
With locations in Times Square (152 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019; (646) 964-4294), Midtown (132 W 31st St., New York, NY 10001; (212) 465-0674), and Brooklyn (374 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206; (718) 381-0491),ICHIRAN will be open on July 4th from 12 pm – 7:30 pm at their Times Square and Midtown locations, and from 2 pm – 9:30 pm at their Brooklyn location; with their menu available for both takeout and delivery.
ICHIRAN’s classic Tonkotsu broth is created with the purest filtered water and pork bones, which normally produce a stronger aroma, but using specific technology and extraction methods, this scent has been eliminated.
The broth is rich in natural collagen and ICHIRAN is the first ramen company to use Trans Fat free natural oil.
The family-owned business started as a simple ramen stall in 1960 and created the Five Original ICHIRAN principles which are: Original Spicy Red Sauce, aromatic Tonkotsu broth, solo dining booths, order forms and the Kae-Dama ordering system.
ICHIRAN’s solo dining booths were designed so guests could focus only on the ramen that sits before them, savoring the fragrance of the broth and experience each slurp of ramen.
The Hakata-style homemade thin noodles are prepared daily factoring in the humidity and temperature that day at ICHIRAN’s Brooklyn Factory.
Hortus NYC the fashion-forward Michelin-recognized Modern Asian restaurant in NoMad has recently released a spring menu that highlights flavors from China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia that will take guests on a culinary journey at an approachable price point.
On the restaurant’s second level, Hortus NYC features a hidden garden that creates the perfect environment for July 4th; lunch, served from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm, or dinner from 5:30 – 11 pm.
Masseria dei Vini
Masseria dei Vini is an authentic Italian dining experience located in Hell’s Kitchen and will be open on open on Saturday July 2 from 12 pm – 11 pm and then on Sunday July 3 from 12 pm – 10 pm.
The restaurant features daily crudos, a large selection of house made pasta, traditional dishes from Puglia, where Chef-Partner Pino Coladonato was born, and a large selection of wines mainly from Italy.
Many proteins are created in a Ferrara wood-burning pizza oven that has lava rocks from Mount Vesuvius giving the dishes a distinct taste.
The extensive wine program was designed by partner Enzo Ruggiero, whose passion for wine began as a child going to local vineyards with his grandfather where they would stomp grapes to make the family wine.
The program contains more than 400 different labels, with approximately 90-percent of the catalogue coming from Italy, and the other 10-percent from around the world.
Masseria Caffè, a traditional Italian caffè located in Hell’s Kitchen, is an expansion from La Masseria Restaurant Group, comprised of partners Peppe Iuele, Enzo Ruggiero, and father and son team Pino and Vito Coladonato.
The caffè will be open on the Fourth of July weekend, Saturday (7/2) from 12 pm to 12 am and then on Sunday (7/3) from 12 pm to 10 pm, serving authentic Italian pastries made fresh daily, featuring best sellers from La Masseria restaurant’s dessert selection like bomboloni, an Italian doughnut filledwith Nutella, custard cream, and marmalade and Cannolo Siciliano filled with sheep’s milk ricotta.
Masseria Caffè also serves sandwiches like Pan Brioiche which is filled withItalian ham, and asiago cheese or eggs, spinach, and tomato, along with other sandwiches and panini options, focaccia, and salads.
Furthering the authentic experience, the coffee program offers espresso, cold brew, and nitro brew, all made with Lavazza coffee in the state-of-the-art espresso machine, the Victoria Arduino.
The caffè has a small shop of imported artisanal Italian products, all hand-selected by the owners, including Masseria group’s branded olive oil and homemade grissini and biscotti.
Catering and takeout options
PJ Bernstein offers delivery and takeout options for all their traditional Jewish deli specialties and will be open from 10 am – 8 pm on July 4th.
The restaurant has remained a staple in the New York Jewish deli dining scene for over five decades.
The Catering and Party Menu is perfect those looking to nosh on some hearty sandwiches with options for anywhere from 10 – 20 people.
Starters include classic salad options such as Potato, Macaroni, or Cucumber Salad, among others, and customers can also lean with healthier options like PJ’s Vegetable Platter, served with carrots, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, and house made onion dip; and the Whitefish Platter served with an assortment of bagels, cream cheese, olives, Bermuda onions, tomatoes, and fresh lemon.
Cold Cut Platters are prepared with three and a half to five pounds of select meats as well as Eli’s Bread. house dressing, and pickles.
Then for the main event and those looking to dive into some of NYC’s best pastrami, brisket, and corned beef, PJ’s Famous Sandwich Platters come with either 12 jumbo sandwiches and five pounds of a choice of side salad, and 20 Jumbo sandwiches and seven pounds of a choice of side salad.