Half your friends are out of town this weekend, and the other half are doing an Arrested Development marathon.
Where does that leave you? With few, but precious options to get your all-day eating on for Memorial Day:
Back Forty West
Start the day right with brunch, being served here all through the three-day weekend, with plates of smoked duck and creamy grits, rhubarb skillet cake, and those always-awesome pork face nuggets with tomatillo jam.
70 Prince St. (Crosby St.), Soho (212-219-8570)
Memorial Day Luau at The Dutch
Then roll yourself over to Andrew Carmellini's spot, which is serving up a multi-course prix fixe menu that includes char siu St. Louis pork ribs, teriyaki fried chicken, kalua suckling pig, and halo-halo.
131 Sullivan St. (Prince St.), Soho (212-677-6200). $45-65 per person.
It's like your best friend's backyard BBQ, if your best friend ran every great restaurant in the city. The downtown version of Smorgasburg now has multiple bars in shipping containers (pictured), with access to eats from the likes of Asia Dog, Brooklyn Oyster Party, Fonda, Landhaus, and Red Hook Lobster Pound.
Front St. (Fulton St.), Financial District.
Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue
Feeling lazy? Go for the take-out option at Fletchers, where you can get a quarter rack of wood-fired St. Louis ribs (plus chips and a drink) for ten whole American dollars until 2:30p. Or grab the new Phi Kappa Sammich — a brisket burnt-ends sandwich topped with smoked brisket chili, house-made queso, salsa, and tortilla chips.
433 3rd Ave. (7th St.), Gowanus (347-763-2680)