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Celebrate August Food Holidays in NYC!

Escape the heat with some good eats!

The hottest month of the year is full of cool food holidays celebrating ice cream sandwiches, oysters, watermelon and more!

Enjoy August's Food Holidays in NYC!

August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

From boozy ice cream sandwiches to gourmet reinventions
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From boozy ice cream sandwiches to gourmet reinventions of old favorites, NYC is full of great ice cream sandwiches! Check out our must try ice cream sandwiches of summer 2015! Be sure to visit Magnolia Bakery for totally unique and sweet sandwiches using homemade brownies, cookies, lemon bar and red velvet cake to sandwich Ronnybrook ice cream.

August 3: National Watermelon Day

Carry a watermelon, it's watermelon day!
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Carry a watermelon, it's watermelon day!

August 4: National Chocolate Chip Day

Celebrate chocolate chips with everything you eat today!
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Celebrate chocolate chips with everything you eat today! Specifically, go for an oversize chocolate chunk cookie at Levain Bakery or go for a chocolate chip bagel at Tompkins Square Bagels.

August 5: National Oyster Day

Celebrate the bivalve today! Dive into an Oyster
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Celebrate the bivalve today! Dive into an Oyster Happy Hour, learn to shuck or educate yourself with important oyster info in Oysters 101.

August 6: National Root Beer Float Day

Head to The Meatball Shop for their Root
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Head to The Meatball Shop for their Root Beer Float made with their homemade ice cream. Even better, get the spiked float, with added whiskey and vanilla-orange liqueur.

Brooklyn's Ample Hills Creamery also offers a great float with their unique homemade ice cream flavors.

August 9: National Rice Pudding Day

Head to the rice pudding capitol of NYC,
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Head to the rice pudding capitol of NYC, Rice to Riches to indulge in dozens of rice pudding flavors from chocolate to banana coconut and more. New to the Astoria café scene, Gossip Coffee also serves a daily selection of homemade rice puddings in flavors like tiramisu!

August 10: National Smores Day

There are oh so many ways to celebrate
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There are oh so many ways to celebrate the all-American marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker treat. From s'mores french fries to s'mores calzones, we've got you covered.

August 13: National Filet Mignon Day

Head to the 100+ year old steakhouse Delmonico's
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Head to the 100+ year old steakhouse Delmonico's to treat yourself to some juicy filet mignon for this special holiday. For a true indulgence, stop by Del Frisco's Grille for their filet "Oscar-style" i.e. topped with crab! If you'd rather sear up a steak yourself, check out our small kitchen grilling tips by chef Marc Forgione.

August 16: National Bratwurst Day

Head to Wechsler's in the East Village to
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Head to Wechsler's in the East Village to celebrate the "wurst" holiday of the year with their classic German currywurst.

For a summery spin, head to Radegast Hall and Biergarten, the massive Williamsburg space that serves up steins of German beer along with freshly grilled bratwurst.

August 16: National Rum Day

Celebrate with a splash at Cuban-themed cocktail bar
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Celebrate with a splash at Cuban-themed cocktail bar Cienfuegos. Enjoy a bowl of rum punch to share with 2 - 10 people or opt for a rum cocktail to sip solo. You can also stop by The Rum House, a Midtown bar dedicated to the special beverage of the day.

For an at home celebration, grab a bottle of Owney's NYC, which is distilled in Brooklyn.

August 18: National Soft Serve Day

Get your swirl on with unique soft serve
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Get your swirl on with unique soft serve flavors from Milk Bar! Think cereal infused, passion fruit chocolate and cake-swirled ice cream in your cup!

August 19: National Potato Day

To best celebrate the day dedicated to potatoes,
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To best celebrate the day dedicated to potatoes, head to a restaurant dedicated to potatoes: Potatopia. Design your perfect baked potato at this West Village eatery. New York's newest potato restaurant, Burlap Sack also offers a fun fast casual potato experience with dishes like tater tot nachos and grilled potato medallions topped with steak and sauce.

August 20: National Lemonade Day

New York's favorite lemonade stand, Lizzmonade, is the
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New York's favorite lemonade stand, Lizzmonade, is the place to visit on this holiday! Enjoy an ice cold, made to order lemonade customized with your choice of sweetener and fresh, local produce. For a special treat, head to Bungalow Baron Rockaway Beach for their spiked Huckleberry lemonade.

August 21: National Spumoni Day

There's one place to celebrate this day and
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There's one place to celebrate this day and it's at L&B Spumoni Gardens! The almost 100 year old family-owned business in Brooklyn started with a horse and wagon and now slings out frozen spumoni by the ton at their Bensonhurst service window and restaurant. Go for the rainbow flavor: vanilla, chocolate and pistachio!

August 24: National Waffle Day

Celebrate breakfast, lunch, and dinner waffle-style with the
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Celebrate breakfast, lunch, and dinner waffle-style with the top waffles we think could convince fictional wafflephile Leslie Knope to move to NYC! Highlights include Wafels and Dinges and the indulgent PB&C Waffle 'WichNorma's.

August 25: National Whiskey Sour Day

Celebrate today with 100+ whiskeys of your choice
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Celebrate today with 100+ whiskeys of your choice at Greenpoint's Moonlight Mile! Imbibe with a Greenpoint Sour or study up on our Whiskey 101 to know exactly what you're drinking and how to best enjoy!

August 31: International Bacon Day

There's a lot of good bacon in this
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There's a lot of good bacon in this city! Celebrate with some of our favorite NYC bacon Dishes, from breakfast to dessert. You can also go full bacon at Hell's Kitchen's Bar Bacon, a venue dedicated to that fatty, crispy snack. Try the Beer and Bacon Flight ($20), which includes four select artisanal bacons along with four craft beers.

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