Summer in the City06.23.11
Who doesn’t enjoy summertime in the city? During this energizing time of the year, Cotton Candy knows that outdoor dining is one of the most invigorating summer treats. That’s why we’ve handpicked some of our favorite outdoor spots across New York City. Cotton Candy contributor Carla Sullivan shows you where bona fide New Yorkers go to get a bite to eat in the Big Apple.
Bryant Park Grill
One of the best kept weekday happy hour secrets in the heart of Manhattan, between Avenue of the Americas and 5th Avenue sits one of the most notable rooftop bars, Bryant Park Grill. The drinks aren’t cheap, but the clientele is hot (lots of after-work Wall Street men). What’s more, you can hop over to the free movies on the lawn after having a drink – or two. arkrestaurants.com
The Standard Biergarten opened during the scorching months of last summer but remains one of the coolest spots in the City. In true Manhattan fashion, you need to arrive early at the SBg if you want to beat the velvet ropes. The beer remains at a steady flow. And although there is no dress code, you will see everything from cutoffs to Gucci. The beer garden is fun laid back way to spend an afternoon or girls night out. standardhotels.com
Located on the East River in the Kips Bay neighborhood of Manhattan, the Crows Nest is a destination in and of itself. You will feel like you are on vacation once you have settled in with your cocktail. With seafood abound from the amazing Water Club just one level down, get ready for some true summer fun experience watching the ships sail by. thewaterclub.com
The 79th Street Boat Basin
A city favorite, the 79th Street Boat Basin can’t keep the droves away from the amazing outdoor café and bar in the warm months. And, there is actually a BBQ to grill up dogs and burgers, not to mention beer tubs to keep your beverages cold. You are almost for sure going to run into your college or high school friend. boatbasincafe.com
The High Line
Situated along the Hudson River, the High Line is a mile-and-a-half elevated park on the West Side of Manhattan. Stretching from the Meatpacking district to West 34th street, with the newest section just opened the first week of June 2011, the High Line is one of the City’s greenest place to see and be seen. You won’t find many kids simply because it’s a pain to get up with strollers. And you won’t see any dogs because they aren’t allowed. But you be inundated with cool Gotham-ites taking in the sun and scenery. thehighline.org
The Frying Pan
A 1929 historic lightship, this barge is one most unique ways to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The Frying Pan actually sank in 1986, was raised and then restored two years later and now serves as a fun bar and hangout spot docked in the Hudson River Park. Travel to the upstairs to avoid the crowds where the workers are not afraid to sunbathe sans shirts, and enjoy the views of the Hudson River. fryingpan.com
Carla Sullivan a longtime resident of Manhattan is always in search for the best and chicest places to drink and eat. Carla is also the founder of MiniMunchers.com, a popular source and resource for kid-friendly in restaurants in New York City.