- $59 for VIP admission for one ($90 value)
The Annual Summer Spit BBQ Hosted by celebrity chef David Burke takes place on Saturday, May 31. VIPs get to enter at noon instead of 1 p.m.; admission grants unlimited food and drinks.
David Burke is an artist—his canvas just happens to be a giant, custom rotisserie spit. During the Annual Summer Spit BBQ, he spends hours roasting whole hogs and cooking more than 20 different barbecue items, sides, and desserts. Live entertainment provides the soundtrack to attendees' enjoyment of the food and over 10 kinds of Samuel Adams beer, which comes courtesy of event cohost Boston Beer Company. Jim Beam hosts the bourbon-tasting portion of the event.
Burke's resume goes back to the Culinary Institute of America. After graduation, Burke continued his studies in France, where he worked with several notable chefs. Now, the chef operates numerous restaurants across the country, and has appeared on programs such as Top Chef Masters and Rachael Ray.
Part of Studio Square's massive event and entertainment complex, The Garden @ Studio Square transports the traditions of an open-air German beer garden to modern-day New York. The 30,000-square-foot beer garden's open-air courtyard—which features imported cobblestones, thick vines, and trees—entertains patrons perched at handcrafted communal picnic tables with projections on a 160-square-foot screen. Additionally, a covered patio at the edge of the courtyard keeps guests in good spirits with its six bar stations and food counter.
Unlike other beer gardens, Studio Square offers guests a place for merrymaking that is protected from harsh elements and the occasional locust plague. Its two large indoor areas bring all of the fun of the outdoors inside with a large indoor grill and multiple bars. Both inside and out, bartenders pump beer from the custom-built taps designed to deliver all 24 available beers at the ideal temperature. Along with the craft brews, more than 30 flat-screen televisions grant multiple views of football, baseball, and soccer games.