Summer in the south was all about the three B’s: buddies, beer, and (the best) BBQ’s. While I am neither a beer drinker or meat eater (gasp, I know! what kind of southern girl am I?!), I always looked forward to months spent outside grilling with family and friends on the back porch.
New Yorkers know this is pretty hard to come by in the city…outdoor space is limited, and even if you’re lucky enough to have a fire escape or terrace, there’s some pretty strict laws agains grilling. Something about fire codes, I think it was?
Enter Anable Basin. This laid back, open air, prime real estate market somehow got lucky enough to be sprinkled with picnic tables and an outdoor grill. How a high-rise building hasn’t taken the place over, I’ll never know, but for now, it’s the closest thing we New Yorkers have to our own summer BBQ, and I’m thankful for that.
The menu is simple, simple, simple. We’re talking burgers, hotdogs, a house salad and corn-on-the-cob for the vegetarians…and of course, beer. There’s no table service, so be prepared to stand in line when the place is crowded. The music is great, the venue spacious, and can we just talk about that view? The south may be home to a lot of things New York is not, but it’s pretty special to see that skyline first hand whenever you want…and now you can do it with a burger in hand.
Do you have any summertime food traditions? Share below!WHERE: Anable Basin Sailing Bar & Grill 4-40 44 Drive Long Island City, New York
By: Jessica Tiare Bowen