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Around Town - Big Apple BBQ Returns, McDonald's Hits 42nd St, Movie Nights return, and more!
June 14, 2023, 7:44.38 pm ET



If you blinked you may have missed it. The Big Apple BBQ made its return this week for a one day affair at Madison Square Park albeit on a much smaller scale. There were no smokers or fires raging, but several pitmasters (mostly from the New York area) did make an appearance serving food from stands within the park for a ticketed event. Participating restaurants included Boots & Bones, Blue Smoke, Bark, Hometown Bar B Que, among others. Proceeds from the event went to support the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Torch & Crown Brewing Company has taken over the seasonal park house at Union Square. The open-air beer garden is featuring six brews on tap including Tenamant, its flagship pilsner, and Bloom, with notes of pretzel and a touch of cherry. Wines, cocktails and bar bites are also being offered.

Also, at Union Square this year, Van Leeuwen ice cream has opened a kiosk serving single and double scoop cones with toppings such as rainbow sprinkles and cookies & cream crumbs. The kiosk is open from 11 am to 11 pm daily.

Photo: Caroline Thompkins

Fulgrances Laundromat will be hosting a Summer Kitchen Party from Jun 27th to July 1st. Francisco Pedemonte, Michael Lankowski and Thomas Knodell are collaborating to take over the Laundromat for one week offering produce from the farmers market and some of the freshest seafood the city has to offer.

Singage is up for Glizzy’s on St Mark’s Place. The late night hot dog spot in Williamsburg is known for its custom dogs like The Metroline with chopped onions, tomatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese sauce and salsa verde; and the Fuhgeddaboudit with crushed garlic breadcrumbs, basil, shredded mozzarella and pizza sauce. The opening date still pending, but destined to be a great munchies spot in the East Village.

McDonald’s is back in Times Square. The new location has opened on 42nd Street and 8th Avenue is right across the street from the Port Authority and less than a block away from its iconic Times Square location.

That location closed in June of 2020 just as the pandemic hit. McDonald’s at the time said the move had been planned prior to the outbreak.

It’s Apertivo Time. Bistro Verde has set up an Aperol Spritz Bar inside the Nordstrom flagship store on West 57th Street. Happy Hour runs from 3-6pm. The food is classic Italian. Think crispy calamari, pizza, pasta and more.

Movie Nights have returned to Bryant Park. The free movies are offered every Monday at 8pm. The season kicked off June 12th with a showing of the 1973 film, Almost Famous. This year’s lineup also includes Dreamgirls (June 19), Mean Girls (June 26), Roman Holiday (July 10), Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (July 24) and Zoolander (Aug 14), among others. See the full calendar here.

And finally, Pride Month has turned Rockefeller Center into one big rainbow as pride flags surround the Flipper’s roller skating rink. This year's Pride Parade will be held on June 26 in Manhattan, starting at 12pm at the Stonewall National Monument.

Until next time, we’ll be seeing you Around Town.