Dad is a role model, a caretaker, and a sweetheart, but does he have the machismo to take advantage of the manly-man restaurant deals being offered hereabouts for Father's Day this year?
For a bright and early start, you might consider taking him to Montauk where Gurney's will offer a Father's Day brunch at the Ocean Café starting at 7 a.m. The resort's Seawater Grill will have a brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $45 per person and 1/2 price for kids under 12.
The Harbor Grill in East Hampton is promoting a Bottomless Buffet for brunch for $14.95 per person. There will be $3 mimosas and bloody Marys from noon on. Kids under 10 eat for free.
The Deck at East Hampton Point's Father's Day buffet will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $49 for adults and $27 for children. The view of Three Mile Harbor and the East Hampton Point Yacht Club may inspire some jokes about giving dad a boat for Father's Day.
Michaels' at Maidstone will have a buffet for brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tab is $35 for adults and $14.95 for kids. Bloody Marys and mimosas are on the house.
If dad would like a lobster fix, Gosman's Dock in Montauk is the place to go for a variety of specials. Stuart's Seafood in Amagansett is selling jumbo lobsters for $9.99 a pound for those who would prefer to entertain their dads at home.
Smokin' Wolf in East Hampton has all kinds of offerings for Father's Day, including breakfast fare in addition to entrees like pan-seared Montauk fluke with crisp oyster mushrooms, harissa spiced polenta, and sauteed spinach for $28 for lunch or brunch.
Back in Montauk, dads can enjoy a barbecue prix fixe at 668 the Gig Shack. The choices include grilled skirt steak, ribs, and marinated chicken thighs along with vegetables and other sides. Also in Montauk, Sammy's restaurant is will have a prix fixe with has surf and turf, shrimp scampi, New York garlic crusted sirloin, among the menu choices.
The Harbor Bistro in East Hampton has announced "Big Daddy" specials for the big day. Entrees can be a two-pound lobster, 12-ounce filet mignon, 24-ounce "cowboy" steak‚ or a half or full rack of Mongolian barbecued ribs. The sides are jasmine rice, garlic-confit potatoes, or house fries and asparagus. Dad probably won't be the designated driver on Father's Day, so the Harbor Bistro is also offering him half-price pints of Montauk Offland IPA beer.
Navy Beach in Montauk will be serving a complimentary bloody Mary or Budweiser beer for the special day, while Rowdy Hall in East Hampton promises happy-hour prices on pints of beer during the entire day. And, at Rowdy Hall, you can buy your dad a new drinking hat for $6.
Townline BBQ on the town line between Wainscott and Sagaponack will charge $4 all day for draft beers. Its combo offerings include sandwiches and sides, a pulled-meat sampler, chicken and rib dinner, or a mixed "extravaganza." A six-pack of beer will come with the meal.
Steak for two (or can dad take it on solo?) will be on the menu at Nick and Toni's in East Hampton for $90. A 32-ounce Painted Hills rib-eye is served with grilled local asparagus, roasted North Fork mushrooms, and it comes with a complimentary glass of wine.
The celebrations continue in Amagansett at La Fondita, which is offering a $30 make-your-own-tacos event, with enough fixings to feed a family four. This might be fun for the whole family.
The recently opened restaurant at the Bridgehampton Inn has another Father's Day approach. It will help you show dad some extra sweetness by giving him a free dessert.
And if dad needs to wind down from the day's eats, if the family would like a little change of pace, you can entice him to take a stroll through Sag Harbor Marine Park, where an annual Father's Day weekend arts and crafts fair will be staged with 50 different vendors on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.