Father's Day Food And Fun Guide
Fun activities and food specials Dad will love.
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Who said that the Dragon Coaster was just for little kids?
There's nothing better than watching an adult trying to suppress their shrieks of horror while speeding on a roller coaster. Dad can let his screams go on the Dragon Coaster at Rye Playland where fathers can ride free on their special day. For everyone else, it's just $15.
1 Playland Pkwy
(914) 813-7010; ryeplayland.org
Benjamin Steakhouse is offering a pre-fixe menu for $54.95 per person, which includes an appetizer, entrée, side, and dessert. Some options include juicy New York strip sirloin with a side of creamed spinach, or a prime dry-aged, bone-in rib eye steak with a side of Benjamin home fries. There will also be a cigar roller on site handing out cigars to all fathers that dine on Sunday.
610 W Hartsdale Rd
(914) 428-6868; benjaminsteakhouse.com
The Clearwater Festival
The perfect place to take a music-loving dad. This year’s lineup includes David Crosby, Tom Paxton, Tom Chapin, Ani DiFranco, Los Lobos, and more. There will also be a petting zoo, crafts, and education tents for the kids. The festival begins on Saturday, June 20th and continues through Sunday. For nonmembers, the cost is $75 per person, and for kids under the age of 12, there is no charge!
Croton Point Park
1A Croton Point Ave
(914) 435-9849; clearwaterfestival.org
Thyme Steak and Seafood
Tom Costello, Thyme’s owner and executive chef, will be cooking up a Father’s Day Barbeque Platter on the 21st. This will include a full plate of BBQ ribs, chicken, sirloin steak, corn, baked beans, and a baked potato for just $29.95. You can wash down this delicious feast with half-priced beer all day long.
3605 Crompond Rd
(914) 788-8700; thymesteakandseafood.com
This brunch-style menu will be offering French-inspired cuisine for this Father’s Day. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., there will be a special three-course menu for $68 per person. The menu offers a generous selection for each course, with over 10 options for appetizers and entrées combined. Some options include strawberry and tomato gazpacho for the appetizer, grilled grouper for the entrée, and citrus cheesecake terrine for the dessert.
400 Benedict Ave
(914) 631-3646; castlehotelandspa.com/equusrestaurant.aspx
The Melting Pot
What’s better than a meal with a beer—or several beers? Here, fathers receive a complimentary beer flight with their four-course dinner. Entrees include teriyaki-marinated sirloin, basil pesto chicken, herb-crusted pork medallion, pacific white shrimp, and more. Beers include Blue Moon Belgian White, Bud or Bud Light, Corona, and Samuel Adams. Fondues, salads, and desserts are also available.
2001 S Rd, Suite 173
(914) 632-6171; meltingpot.com
Take your kids to the fun-filled Fishing Derby at Westmoreland Sanctuary from 1 to 3 pm on Father’s Day and enjoy fishing on one of their beautiful lakes. Westmoreland is suspending their “no fishing” policy for the day–take advantage of the great experience for only $5 a person (members get in for free).
260 Chestnut Ridge Rd
(914) 666-8448; westmorelandsanctuary.org/index2.php#/rtext_3/1/
South Salem’s Wolf Conservation Center
We know you love dad. What better way to show him that than by throwing him to the wolves? No, really—at South Salem’s Wolf Conservation Center you can take your father on a sunset hike to howl with endangered red wolves in their Throw Daddy to the Wolves event. On the road, you’ll be able to discuss the science of wolf families with experts and learn about the births of this year’s wolf puppies. $13 for adults and $11 for children under 12.
Visit their website to register for the event and to get more information: nywolf.org/visit/program-calendar?task=view_event&event_id=1748
The Capitol Theatre
The Stooges Brass Band will be hitting up Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre on Father’s Day, and Dad should join the fun. The band’s performances are notorious for being “full-blown musical parties” and fans love their unique blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds and contemporary hip hop beats. Tickets are available for $10 on the theatre’s website:
145 Westchester Avenue
(914) 937-4126; thecapitoltheatre.com/event/856789-stooges-brass-band-port-chester/
Boscobel House and Gardens
Grab a Father’s Day Shakespeare performance with a showing of The Winter’s Tale at Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison. A part of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare festival, The Winter’s Tale is an epic story about love, tragedy, and the passing time, and the beautiful outdoor theatre tent on the bank of the Hudson is a perfect scene to enjoy it all with Dad. Ticket prices range from $20-$45.
(845) 265-3638; hvshakespeare.org/whats-playing/buy-tickets.html
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
James Bond and your father are essentially interchangeable, right? Well, even if that’s not the case, you can take him to see Sean Connery in the 1965 James Bond classic, Thunderball—featuring jet packs, the famous Aston Martin DB5, and one of the best cast of Bond women seen before or after—at the Alamo Drafthouse as part of their “Big Screen Classics” series.
2548 Central Park Ave
(914) 226-3082; http://drafthouse.com/movies/thunderball1/nyc_area
Bronx River Parkway
As always, Father’s Day is on a Sunday, so you have the chance to enjoy the Bronx River Parkway with Dad on a bicycle, scooter, or set of roller-blades. The parkway is closed to vehicular traffic and open to bikers, skaters, walkers, and joggers from Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center to Exit 4 at Scarsdale Road in Yonkers from 10 am to 2 pm on summer Sundays. If you can’t make it the whole way, explore what’s past the exits—check out our local business guide for the top destinations in the area.