It's the end of June and all the typical signs of summer in NYC have now emerged: ice cream trunk jingles (and the cries of people complaining about them to 311) fill the air; air conditioner fluid (a.k.a. City Juice) drips from the sky; and fire hydrants have been magically unburdened of their clapper valves. And if you walk through almost any major park in the city, you'll smell the sweetest aroma: charcoal, lighter fluid, and unprocessed meat.
We sent photographer Sai Mokhtari out to Prospect Park last weekend to check out what New Yorkers are grilling up this summer, and she ended up gorging on a lot of BBQ.
"The first dude I saw had a couple burgers and a hot dog on there and I was thinking, 'Please don't let today be all about shriveled up hot dogs and burgers,'" she said. "Thankfully, the people at Prospect Park were a lot more creative than me and they were grilling up some things that I never would have thought to bring to the park." Like these people below who offered her some fish balls:
Click through to get a better look at all the delicious grub (as well as some recipes), from pigs' feet to steaks marinated in Worcester sauce, from chicken & pepper skewers to grilled squid to black bean and corn salad. You'll note that some photos lack captions—in most cases that is because the chefs refused to divulge their recipes!