Arrive between 6 and 7 p.m. to snag a spot in Homespun Foods’s 35-seat backyard garden during its Friday and Saturday dinner series, through September. The Spanish-inspired small plates highlight ingredients from local farms, like Feather Ridge eggs, Old Coach Farms chèvre cheese, and Bittersweet Farms grass-fed beef.
Roll up your sleeves for the Piggy Bank’s specialty barbecue spare ribs, cooked over hickory wood on a Southern-style smoker out back and served alongside heaping portions of collard greens and coleslaw. The spot is an unofficial gathering spot after art openings at Howland Cultural Center across the street.
Splurge on seafood-laden pasta dishes and sweetly sauced cuts of pork at Union Square Café–trained restaurateur Rifo Murtovic’s three-year-old Café Amarcord, where portions are hefty enough to be shared.
Cool off with a Mexican-style ice pop from Zora Dora Paleteria, where the inventive, evolving flavors range from coconut-curry-peanut to cucumber-mint-chile, all made from fresh fruit, vegetables, and spices.