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7 New Beer Gardens, Markets and Restaurants to Try on Memorial Day Weekend

By Emilie Ruscoe | May 22, 2015 8:40am | Updated on May 25, 2015 10:44am
 Lonestar Empire's slow-smoked Texas brisket will be on the menu at this year's South Street Seaport SmorgasBar.
Lonestar Empire's slow-smoked Texas brisket will be on the menu at this year's South Street Seaport SmorgasBar.
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If you're staying in town for Memorial Day Weekend, there are plenty of new places where you can eat and drink over the holiday.

► The Lab at Khemistry Bar at 216 Malcolm X Boulevard in Bed-Stuy
This outdoor space serves 10 craft brews including Queens Lager, Harpoon Cider and Founders All Day IPA as well as frozen cocktails, wine, sliders, and Mazie’s Bites fish tacos.

Red Hook Food Vendors at the Red Hook baseball grounds
Red Hook's award-winning food trucks will be dishing out their signature Latin American street cuisine including ceviche, empanadas, tamales, pupusas and sweet plantains.

The Bronx Brewery Beer Garden at 856 East 136th Street in Port Morris
Drink house brews (including hot pepper beer) and play brewery-themed board games or cornhole in the big back yard of the Bronx Brewery.

Cantina Rooftop at 605 W. 48th St in Hell's Kitchen
Menu highlights at Cantina Rooftop include barbacoa de carnero, a maguey-braised lamb shank with guajillo chile sauce, and pollo campestre, chicken in "Grandma’s Mole Negro" served with green rice. Signature cocktails include the Cantina Margarita, made with Fidencio Mezcal, fresh lemon juice, agave nectar and Tajin spice rum.

UrbanSpace Garment District Market on Broadway at West 41st Street in Hell's Kitchen
Get everything from a traditional Memorial Day lobster roll to crab cake empanadas, Korean tacos, ginger slushies and Lebanese pizza at the latest market by the folks responsible for Mad. Sq. Eats.

Barnyard Flea at Mary's Bar, 708 5th Ave. in Park Slope
Pick up handmade jewelry, vintage clothing and vinyl while digging in on barbecue from Johnny Lupiani's Awesome Barbecue at this brand-new South Slope market.

Smorgasbar at the South Street Seaport on Fulton Street between Front Street and South Street
New Seaport vendors this season include Lonestar Empire with their slow-smoked Texas-style brisket, Lumpia Shack offering Filipino spring rolls, Ramen Burger, which serves up burgers with a bun made from ramen noodles, and Schnitz's, with their breaded-chicken sandwiches. Returning vendors include Cemita’s, offering Mexican sandwiches, Milk Truck, known for their grilled cheeses, Pizza Moto and Red Hook Lobster Pound. There will also be a bar with several beers on tap and mixed drinks, wine and some small bites on offer.