We’re proud to be open here at OpenTable – and so are restaurants across the nation. To kick the month off, we highlighted LGBTQ+ owned and operated restaurants around the world. This week, we’re showcasing the spots where you can join in on the celebrations. And some even involve a charitable element, incorporating donations to PRIDE-worthy charities – so you can do good while dining out. New York City’s PRIDE parade will be televised and this year’s events are expected to supersede all others – as they coincide with WorldPride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. Here are some top restaurants to celebrate PRIDE 2019. Not near any of these spots? Find a restaurant near you on OpenTable.
Hakkasan, New York, New York
Hakkasan New York has created PRIDE and EqualiTea cocktails to commemorate PRIDE month. This Cantonese restaurant in the Theater District is donating $5 from each of these cocktails sold to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, plus the option for guests to round up each purchase as an additional donation. PRIDE is a Japanese, vodka-based cocktail mixed with coconut and lychee liqueur and Prosecco with shades of hibiscus, strawberry, and lemon. EqualiTea gets the gin treatment mixed with butterfly pea flower tea, lemon and ginger liqueur, mint, pineapple, and cardamom. Between cocktails, order a signature clay pot, dim sum platter or wok-fried seafood with Chinese chive sauce. Make a reservation at Hakkasan New York.
Rosé Terrace at the Mondrian Park Avenue, New York, New York
Make room on June 30 for the viewing party at the Rosé Terrace on the 15th floor of the Mondrian Park Avenue. Here guests can enjoy live coverage of the parade and boogie down, drag-style to the tunes of a live DJ. The two-hour open bar will take place between noon and 2PM with bottomless pours of Rosé, Montauk Beer, and designated PRIDE cocktails. Some proceeds will be directed to The Audre Lorde Project, an LGBTQ+ people of color center. Between dining and disco, don’t forget to fuel up with food. Make a reservation at Mondrian Rosé Terrace.
Refinery Rooftop, New York, New York
Frosé fun is on the menu at Refinery Rooftop, where giving back is always in vogue. The designated signature cocktail every month goes back to the “I Give A Sip” campaign with a $1 from each benefitting a worthy cause. Through the month of June in honor of PRIDE, those proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project to combat crises facing LGBTQ+ young people. Dishes that make for a perfect pairing at Refinery Rooftop include butcher’s meatballs with pressed focaccia, ramen-spiced shishito peppers, octopus skewers with fresh shiso, and flatbreads with sunchoke or fennel with sausage and burrata. Make a reservation at Refinery Rooftop.
Ocean Prime, Beverly Hills, California
All that glitters is gold in Beverly Hills, including the 24k Magic glitter Champagne in honor of PRIDE at Ocean Prime. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio and watch the gorgeous people march by throughout the rest of June. They serve a crazy good crab cake here with kale and pickled fennel, along with butter poached lobster and blackened striped bass with corn spoon bread and jalapeño tartar. Make a reservation at Ocean Prime Beverly Hills.
Vic’s, New York, New York
Expect to see a sea of custom PRIDE t-shirts and swirling frozen vodka sodas during the celebrations at this NoHo neighborhood Mediterranean-Italian restaurant. A portion of the proceeds from this neighborhood fave will be directed toward a local non-profit organization. Nosh on pizza topped with soppressata, chilies, thyme, mozzarella, and onions, and pastas like black pepper with a duo of cheeses and ricotta with lemon, thyme, and hazelnuts. Make a reservation at Vic’s.
Tallboy Taco, Chicago, Illinois
Summer was made for the rainbow paletas at Tallboy Taco. And for PRIDE, patrons can grab a boozy rainbow paleta, a mango-lime-watermelon popsicle spiked with a touch of Brugal rum. This week through Saturday, June 29, Tallboy Taco is donating proceeds from these frozen treats to commemorate PRIDE with $1 of the sales from each popsicle going to Center on Halsted, a Chicago organization that provides support to the local LGBTQ+ community. What else would you want to eat at Tallboy taco than tacos, and they have some of the best. A few standouts include beer-battered crispy fish, chicken mole, and pork al pastor. Make a reservation at Talboy Taco.
North Fork, New York, New York
A jaunt along Christopher Street will bring you to North Fork for PRIDE, where the kitchen is serving “Spring into Pride” rolls made with marinated shrimp, mango, bell pepper, purple cabbage, carrots, and cilantro rolled in rice paper. Other celebratory dishes include a rainbow salad with shaved rainbow carrots, heirloom cherry tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries, radicchio, watercress, arugula, and drunken goat cheese, along with rainbow hummus and “Love wins” cupcakes in assorted colors. Imbibers can grab a Stonewall Inn IPA and Easy Rider layered with vodka, grenadine, blue curacao, peach schnapps, and pineapple juice. Make a reservation at North Fork.
One Market Restaurant, San Francisco, California
Cheeky One Market celebrates San Fran PRIDE this month with two drink specials. One is the Harvey Milkshake, prepared with homemade vanilla ice cream, Stolichnaya Vodka, crème de cacao, prickly pear and the other, the Friends of Dorothy cocktail, contains Gloria Ferrer Private Reserve Cuvée and prickly pear. Richmond Ermet Aid Foundation of San Francisco is the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from these cocktails throughout June. Dishes like wild nettle agnolotti and beet carpaccio precede desserts like Bradley’s butterscotch pudding and toffee almond crunch cake. Make a reservation at One Market Restaurant.
The Wilson, New York, New York
On Sunday, June 30 The Wilson is home to bottomless drinks, yard games, and food specials pre- and post-parade. Try the unicorn ice cream sandwich — meringue cookies filled with gelato or sorbet. And next door through the entrance of TAG-approved INNSIDE by Meliá New York NoMad, fur babies are welcome to celebrate right along with their owners. Portions of the new dog menu will benefit The Trevor Project’s national LGBTQ+ youth crisis intervention and suicide prevention efforts. Notable dishes to try include sliders, ricotta toast with hot honey, Brussels sprout tacos, falafel waffles and Chatham cod with Iberico ham. Make a reservation at The Wilson.
Ruka in The Godfrey Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
The specialty cocktail to beat in Boston during PRIDE celebrations is the Queen Bee. It also happens to be an ideal summer sipper with a mix of strawberry, basil, St. Germaine, dark rum, and lemon. Plus, $1 from each cocktail sold during PRIDE month goes to BAGLY to cover the expenses associated with providing safe places for LGBTQ+ youth throughout Massachusetts, including efforts to open a new community center. The merging of Peruvian-Japanese cuisine here is a seamless blend of sushi, wok dishes, and grilled proteins. Make a reservation at Ruka.
Dirty Habit, San Francisco, California
The fifth floor at Hotel Zelos on June 30 is where you’ll find the party, hosted by Cash Monet and Rock M. Sakura from noon to 3PM in one of San Francisco’s coolest rooftop hangouts. Get a style fix during the drag fashion show whilst sipping on cocktails inspired by performers, such as Catinni Vandon, Alpha Andromeda, Kaikai Bee Michaels, Jelly McJellyington Jellyfish, Honey Daniels, and Pristine Condition. With all that traipsing around the Union Square district, you’re bound to get hungry, so try the Kennebec fries with harissa aioli; steak tartare with bone marrow, oyster mayo, and horseradish; and strozzapreti. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to LYRIC, which helps strengthen relationships within LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Make a reservation at Dirty Habit.
Philip Marie Restaurant, New York, New York
The sibling restaurant to K Rico South American Steakhouse and owned by brothers John P. Greco III and Tommy Greco and their friend Christian Tanno, Philip Marie is located in the West Village and is steps from the PRIDE route. For oenophiles, this landmark restaurant is a favored spot to sample amazing wines. And for regulars, it is a beloved part of the annual PRIDE experience, so book reservations early. Seating choices also include outdoor dining and two private dining rooms. Try the citrus salad and portobello fries, followed by Philip’s seafood paella, short rib burger, or overstuffed pot pie. Make a reservation at Philip Marie Restaurant.
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Kelly Merritt is an author and freelance journalist specializing in culinary travel. Follow her on Twitter @kellywrites + Instagram @kellymerrittwrites + Facebook at KellyMerrittWrites.
Photo credits: Skywriting Media (Philip Marie).