All he wants for Father’s Day is to spend some time with you. Take him up on his offer (or call his bluff, whatever).
Drop mom off at an Off Broadway show, then saddle up with Pop at The Pony Bar (637 Tenth Avenue; 212-586-2707). The new tavern has homey pine, a big canoe, tattered flags, and a real feeling of Americana. God bless the small-batch, domestic beers, figuring five bucks each. Gussy up that cowboy’s tie while you’re at it.
Maybe your old man’s a ham — always busting your chops. Give him a laugh with adorable sweet meats. Impress his inner pit master with fancy Japanese shabu-shabu, Washugyu rib eye, or marbled beef tongue from the sleek 1-month-old Japan Premium Beef shop (57 Great Jones Street; 212-260-2333). Go with him and pay by the pound. Then access the hidden sushi bar (called Bohemian) in the back.
You haven’t walked a mile in his shoes, but you’d be quick to jump on the opportunity if only he were rocking N.D.C. Made by Hand laced dockers or moccasins. Meet him for a Sunday stroll and hand over a new Panama straw hat from BBlessing (181 Orchard Street; 212-378-8005).
Know any new daddies? Send your regards — and a few bottles from North Fork vintner Bouké, whose blended wines are now paired with selections from Artisanal Premium Cheese. Boys with babies will drool over Box & Flea’s bandannas (burp cloths in a pinch) and totes (that double as manly diaper bags) now at Smith + Butler (225 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens; 917-977-1847).
Can’t meet up with your parent in person? Our Everywhere Gift Guide has presents to show your presence.