Sticking close to the five boroughs for the long weekend? We've got a roundup of some Labor Day-specific dining deals for you to peruse and below, a few more items of note if you're looking for something to eat this weekend.
Every month, dumplings spot Mimi Cheng's has gone out of its way to partner with local food talent for a special dumpling offered at the East Village and Nolita shops. This month, Missy Robbins of Lilia gets a go. The chef has created a braised short rib dumpling with walnut, lemon and parsley sauce that's inspired by a recipe from her new cookbook: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner....Life! Recipes and Adventures from My Home Kitchen. The dumplings will be available throughout the month of September for six dumplings for $11.95 and eight dumplings for $13.95.
LCD Soundsystem released a new album, "American Dream," and Friday from noon - 6 p.m., both locations of OddFellows (Kent Avenue in Williamsburg and East 4th Street in the East Village) will be serving free scoops of the exclusive "American Dream" flavor, a peanut butter ice cream with dark chocolate, burnt marshmallow, and graham cracker soil creation. The shops will also be looping the album throughout the day, which sounds fun for visitors and possibly nightmarish for staff.
In addition to being the start of a three-day weekend, Friday is also National Gyro Day, so Williamsburg's Pies 'n' Thighs has partnered with Amali Mou to bring their fried chicken to Urbanspace Vanderbilt near Grand Central for a Fried Chicken Gyro offered exclusively at the Midtown space. Starting Friday and running through the month of September, the stall will serve the gyro ($13) stuffed with fried chicken cutlet, tzatziki-ranch, shredded lettuce, sweet & spicy pickles and Franks Red Hot
Super lauded—and super expensive—new French spot Le Coucou in SoHo offers a slightly less expensive way to sample chef Daniel Rose's sumptuous food. On Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the restaurant will serve a $52, two-course prix fixe lunch with a choice between dishes like fried veal head with sauce ravigote or beef cheek and foie gras terrine to start, and an omelette with caviar and creme fraiche or the pike quenelle with lobster sauce as an entree.
If you're someone who follows the college football scene, consider Printers Alley, a Nashville-themed bar near Times Square that manages to not really feel like it's near Times Square. On college football days they offer a host of cheap food and bev deals, including $6 wings, fried pickles and Buffalo cheese bites, in addition to $5 Well drinks, pitcher specials and more. They've got nearly two dozen TVs, so the chances of your team being screened somewhere are high, but keep in mind they're going to favor the Tennessee Volunteers.
Tomato season's in full swing and The Four Horsemen in Williamsburg is taking full advantage while they can, offering an all-tomato lunch Saturday and Sunday this weekend. On the menu: focaccia with roasted tomatoes and herbs in the bread, tomato "crudo" with fermented peppers and creme fraiche, and a roasted rib eye with blistered heirlooms, dried herbs, dry aged fat, and vincotto.