Labor Day weekend has arrived, as indicated by the return of the PSL each year. But don’t fret if you’re not quite ready for sweater weather and apple picking just yet; there are still a number of enjoyable warm-weather activities occurring as summer winds down.
From indulging in the trendy food of the moment through a croissant crawl to dancing it out at Electric Zoo on Randall’s Island or unleashing your inner child at a county fair on Staten Island, the holiday weekend appears to be full of exciting activities. Labor Day weekend in New York City offers a plethora of enjoyable food, drink, and activities.
And for even more activities, celebrate the end of summer with this week’s new restaurant openings, and while you’re at it, indulge in lobster rolls, seafood towers, and ice cream.
Revel in the it food of the moment with a croissant crawl
New Yorkers are always willing to wait in line for pastries, and the newest baked item to garner notice on social media is the Suprêmes at Lafayette Grand Cafe and Bakery in NoHo. The creme-filled, chocolate-dipped circular croissants are the creation of executive pastry chef Scott Cioe and are available in chocolate and a rotating monthly flavor. This weekend, you may be among the first to try the September offering, the Corn Berry Crunch (cue It’s Corn). Rose Pistachio at the neighboring Librae Bakery; Raspberry Almond at L’Appartement 4F in Brooklyn Heights; Chocolate Croissant Soft Serve sandwich at Winner at the Park in Prospect Park; or, if you prefer something savory, the Jumbo Lobster Croissant brunch special at Maison Close in SoHo.
Cost: Food prices vary
Catch live sets of EDM’s biggest beatmakers
Beginning on Friday, the biggest names in electronic dance music will converge in New York City for Electric Zoo’s 11th annual takeover of Randall’s Island. Tickets for single day or weekend passes to the big music festival are still available, and there will be no shortage of headliners: Diplo, Afrojack, and DJ Diesel (aka Shaquille O’Neal) are all scheduled to perform. This year’s festival will feature immersive stage designs and afterparties at Webster Hall, Marquee, and Lavo.
Cost: Tickets from $109.99
Check out the county fair on Staten Island
Friday, September 2, and Saturday, September 3, 12 pm–7 pm
Visit Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town, a 17th-century village-museum, for a day of traditional entertainment. Every Labor Day weekend, the annual Richmond County Fair transforms the historic town into a vast carnival fairground. There are rides, activities (including an old-fashioned pie-eating contest), a variety of local musical performances, and over one hundred merchants offering anything from food to antiques. The proceeds from ticket sales will be used to preserve and restore museum properties.
Cost: $4 to $15
Groove to one final summer sunset at the Met
Saturday, September 3, 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
Upper East Side
This weekend marks the conclusion of Sun Sets, The Met’s summer music festival. The museum will conclude its rooftop series exploring the diversity of electronic music culture with a performance by Analog Soul, a Brooklyn-based twin sister duo known for their house, Detroit techno, acid, electro, and electronica sets. Sun Sets are complimentary with museum entry, so it is advisable to visit early and view the two “In American” fashion exhibits before they close on Monday.
Catch a flick far away from your sofa for seriously cheap
Saturday, September 3
Watch the summer blockbuster you’ve wanted to see for only $3. (an absolute steal considering usual ticket prices). In honor of National Cinema Day, participating theaters will offer cheap tickets to their September 3rd showings, which, depending on the theater, may include modern films such as Top Gun: Maverick and Bullet Train or classics such as Jaws. Find a nearby theater here.
Enjoy a plant-based meal with a side of reggae
Ras Plant Based, the Ethiopian restaurant launched by Romeo and Milk Regalli in Brooklyn, will now feature live music. The James Beard-nominated restaurant will feature local DJs on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday brunch beginning at 11:00 a.m., with Roots N Riddim kicking off the festivities this holiday weekend. There will also be food and drink specials; in addition to the restaurant’s typical menu of plant-based dishes, summer will conclude with Ethiopian-style nachos made with injera chips, icy margaritas, and painkillers.
Try a new chicken sandwich that comes in a dozen flavors
Wingstop is the latest (though tardy) competitor to enter the fried chicken sandwich war. The chain’s newest entry into the competition? Customizable option offering a dozen unique tastes, including Lemon Pepper, Hickory Smoked BBQ, and Garlic Parmesan. Hand-sauced and tossed fried chicken is piled onto a toasted bun with crunchy pickles and served with a side of ranch.
Cost: $5.49 for the sandwich and dip, $7.99 for a combo that includes fries and a drink
Watch the US Open with views of the Hudson River
If you were unable to obtain US Open tickets, a watch party on the Hudson River might be the next best thing. Throughout the duration of the event, tennis fans can assemble at Hudson Yards to watch the ESPN broadcast for free. Visit Mercado Little Spain until September 4 for their annual Tomatina Festival, a celebration of everything tomato.
Cost: Free; seats are first come, first serve