There has been increasingly less to celebrate when it comes to 2017 developments, but if there’s one thing we can latch onto, it’s the news out of Australia this week; 61.6% of the population voted yes on the long-debated issue of marriage equality, meaning the pathway is now clear for official legislation to take hold. And if that’s not something to jump up and down about, I don’t know what is! Straya is a long way from NYC, but you can still be there in spirit at any one of these great spots:
This cozy little spot (162 Avenue A) is perfect for grabbing a celebratory brunch this weekend. I’d highly recommend going traditional w/ a Big Brekkie ($17 – eggs any style, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, bacon, pork sausage, baked beans), though you really can’t go wrong with any of the menu items, which range from classics like meat pies and sausage rolls to more adventurous fare, like the Breakfast Sashimi plate. Not in the mood to leave your bed? Just hold off until Wednesday, which is always PARMA NIGHT! You can grab a chicken parm with a Cooper’s Pale Ale for the very reasonable price of $20.
Head here (226 West 79th Street) for some solid dinner options, like the Kangaroo Burger ($19 – tomato jam, arugula, pickled onions, triple fried chips), or if that’s too exotic, just grab the foolproof Australian Lamb Rack ($39 – stuffed squash blossom, roasted squash). SO QUICHE.
If you’re more in the mood for a casual pop-in drink ‘n snack situation, Tuck Shop (68 East 1st Street) should be a no-brainer; they’ll hook you up with Aussie beers Cooper’s and Boag’s for $6 a pop, plus they’ve got all sorts of pies and both meat and veg rolls from $4-$6 each. End things on a sweet note with a good ol’ lamington, available for just $3.
And if it’s burgers you’re after, look no further than Ruby’s (we’re partial to the Soho/Nolita location at 219 Mulberry Street, but you can hit up Murray Hill’s 442 3rd Avenue outpost if that’s more in your neighborhood wheelhouse), which has a whole slew of reasonably priced options! We’re big into the traditional Whaley’s Burger ($13.5 – premium ground beef, tomato, lettuce, beet, pineapple, fried egg & ketchup), but all of them are pretty effing delicious. Up early enough to make it breakfast? Don’t skip out on a side of Vegemite Toast ($5 – exactly what it sounds like) for the true Aussie AM experience!
Should you find yourself in Queens (particularly Astoria, at 35-12 Ditmars Boulevard) with a sweet tooth, The Thirsty Koala does Aussie desserts like no other. In the mood for a pavlova? They’ve got it. Sticky date pudding? Yep! Caramel slices? You bet! (Probably wear something with an elastic waistband, though. You’ll need it.)