New York City: Summer

Tue, Jul 30, 2019

New York City: Summer

Summer in New York City! A lot of locals say they “hate” summers here and this always baffles me because my friends and I LOOOVE it, it’s so much fun! Every year I make a list in the spring of all the summer activities I want to do that year, new and old. I can honestly say that after 4 summers in the city, I have finally checked off almost all the summer activities I’ve wanted to do. Yes, the summers are hot (where…are summers…not hot?) but most of the time you can count on it being about 83 and sunny. We’ll get random heat waves of 90+ and gross humidity/summer storms but they are relatively rare. June, July, August, and September have pretty similar temperatures throughout the summer, but if you want to avoid heat waves, you would be safe to come sometime in June or late September. No promises though, we’ve had 80 degree days in October so better just pick whatever dates work best for your schedule!

Baseball games, boat rides, beach time, dinners outside, rooftop bars, picnics in the park, there are so many fun summer things to do in the city! So, of course, I have compiled a list for you of all the places to check out while you’re here in the warm summer months : )

Summer Activities

Eats & Treats

Coffee: Butler, Maman, Hardwater, Laughing Man (Tribeca location), PlantShed Cafe, Bluestone, Café Leon Dore

Breakfast: Bluestone Lane (my favorite location is on E 90th and 5th Ave.), The Butcher’s Daughter, Modern Bread, LPQ in the park, Egg Shop, Banter, Fairfax

Brunch: Cafe Clover, Two Hands (Tribeca location), Hotel Chantelle rooftop, Grand Banks, Cafe Colette

Lunch: Tacombi (West Village location is my favorite), GRECA, Shake Shack (Madison Park location with outdoor seating in the park), SweetGreen, Café Habana

Pre-dinner Drinks: Grand Banks, Petite Boucherie, Epistrophe, Gallow Green, Troquet, La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, Pilot

Dinner: Cecconi’s (outdoor seating is an absolute must), Santina, ABC Cocina, The Loeb Boathouse, Dante (outside), Aria (outside), Catch (rooftop)

Rooftop Bars (with a view): Mr. Purple, Public, The Crown, The Jimmy, the rooftop of Boom Boom Room

Ice Cream: Van Leeuwan Ice Cream, Big Gay Ice Cream, Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, Melt Bakery

Travel Tips

American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History
Fresh peaches at the 79th St. Greenmarket
Fresh peaches at the 79th St. Greenmarket
Strolling around the 79th St. Greenmarket just outside the museum
Strolling around the 79th St. Greenmarket just outside the museum
Fresh flowers at the farmer's market (79th St. Greenmarket)
Fresh flowers at the farmer's market (79th St. Greenmarket)
Fresh blueberries at the 79th St. Greenmarket
Fresh blueberries at the 79th St. Greenmarket
Strolling around the 79th St. Greenmarket just outside the museum
Strolling around the 79th St. Greenmarket just outside the museum
Organic tomatoes at the 79th St. Greenmarket
Organic tomatoes at the 79th St. Greenmarket
Picked ourselves up some sunflowers at the 79th St. Greenmarket
Picked ourselves up some sunflowers at the 79th St. Greenmarket
Produce tents at the 79th St. Greenmarket
Produce tents at the 79th St. Greenmarket
Multi colored baby tomatoes at the 79th St. Greenmarket
Multi colored baby tomatoes at the 79th St. Greenmarket
The farmer's market, the 79th St. Greenmarket, every Sunday
The farmer's market, the 79th St. Greenmarket, every Sunday
Fresh flowers at the 79th St. Greenmarket
Fresh flowers at the 79th St. Greenmarket
Fountain and flowers on the south side of AMNH
Fountain and flowers on the south side of AMNH
View from Oak Bridge in Central Park
View from Oak Bridge in Central Park
Me standing on Oak Bridge in Central Park
Me standing on Oak Bridge in Central Park
Bikers and Rollerbladers in Central Park
Bikers and Rollerbladers in Central Park
A view of Bow Bridge in Central Park
A view of Bow Bridge in Central Park
The famous Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
The famous Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Me in front of the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Me in front of the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Me in front of the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Me in front of the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
The Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
The Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Paintings for sale near the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Paintings for sale near the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Me in front of the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Me in front of the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
A view of the Conservatory water in Central Park
A view of the Conservatory water in Central Park
Us at the Conservatory water, one of my favorite parks of Central Park
Us at the Conservatory water, one of my favorite parks of Central Park
Mini sailboats at the Conservatory Water in Central Park
Mini sailboats at the Conservatory Water in Central Park
Mini sailboats at the Conservatory Water in Central Park
Mini sailboats at the Conservatory Water in Central Park
The Conservatory Water in Central Park
The Conservatory Water in Central Park
The Conservatory Water in Central Park
The Conservatory Water in Central Park
There's beautiful flowers all around the mini sailboat house
There's beautiful flowers all around the mini sailboat house
Grab a snack at either of the LPQ stands at The Conservatory Water
Grab a snack at either of the LPQ stands at The Conservatory Water
There's beautiful flowers all around the mini sailboat house
There's beautiful flowers all around the mini sailboat house
Admiring one of my favorite views of the water and sailboats
Admiring one of my favorite views of the water and sailboats
The Conservatory Water
The Conservatory Water
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream shop on W 72nd and Columbus Ave.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream shop on W 72nd and Columbus Ave.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, they have lots of vegan and dairy options
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, they have lots of vegan and dairy options
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, there are lots of locations all over the city
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, there are lots of locations all over the city
The oat milk strawberry fields flavor is only at this location!
The oat milk strawberry fields flavor is only at this location!
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream shop on W 72nd and Columbus Ave.
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream shop on W 72nd and Columbus Ave.
Walking around the Upper West Side with our ice cream
Walking around the Upper West Side with our ice cream
Ice cream is best enjoyed in a cone while crossing the street
Ice cream is best enjoyed in a cone while crossing the street
The seating outside of Aimé Leon Dore is adorable!
The seating outside of Aimé Leon Dore is adorable!
Relaxing outside of Aimé Leon Dore for a coffee
Relaxing outside of Aimé Leon Dore for a coffee
Relaxing outside of Aimé Leon Dore for a coffee
Relaxing outside of Aimé Leon Dore for a coffee
Relaxing outside of Aimé Leon Dore for a coffee
Relaxing outside of Aimé Leon Dore for a coffee
Cafe Select is a perfect for people watching in Soho
Cafe Select is a perfect for people watching in Soho
Having a glass of wine outside at Cafe Select
Having a glass of wine outside at Cafe Select
Cafe Select has great outdoor seating to grab a drink
Cafe Select has great outdoor seating to grab a drink
Having a glass of wine outside at Cafe Select
Having a glass of wine outside at Cafe Select
Classic NYC, serving brunch until 5pm
Classic NYC, serving brunch until 5pm