Want to make a day of it with Dad? With a riverfront boardwalk and plenty of shopping options, Newburyport is a fine way to take the time to tell Dad you care on Father’s Day. And of course, a man’s gotta eat! Situated along the city’s Water Street in the heart of downtown, The Poynt is taking reservations for any size parties for Father’s Day, a change from its first-come, first-served policy. The modern American restaurant serves a seasonally inspired brunch and dinner menu conceived by executive chef Andrew Swanson. Brunch is highlighted by fresh beignets, the New Orleans style donut, as well as stuffed French toast. Don’t forget the self-serve Bloody Mary bar where you and Dad can craft the perfect cocktail with selections ranging from bacon to stuffed olives. Make reservations by calling 978-358-8501.
Looking for something a tad more active? Across the street at Brick and Ash, the bar-restaurant is having a Father’s Day block party. Brick and Ash, which serves elevated bar food and classic American dishes, is offering lawn games, a biergarten, and live music. They’re closing off their parking lot to give plenty of room for the fun, so park a couple of blocks toward Route 1 at the city’s new parking garage and save yourself the hassle of hunting for parking. Brick and Ash is located at 10 Water Street in downtown Newburyport. 978-255-2642.
If you prefer to head into town (you know, the big one) Mastro’s Ocean Club in the Seaport District will open at noon for Father’s Day. The well-appointed Boston seafood restaurant usually opens only for dinner starting at 5 p.m., so it’s a chance to take in some of the great daytime views it has from its perch at 25 Fan Pier, including from 60 seats on the waterfront patio. Mastro’s is known for steaks and an appropriately large wine list, as well as lobster mashed potatoes and a two-foot tall seafood tower for the Dad who loves his bivalves. Live music starts at 6:30 p.m. Make reservations by calling 617-530-1925.