Summer is inching toward its end, but it isn’t through toasting NYC just yet. We’ve still got weeks and weeks to battle the heat, sweat it out on subway platforms, and dart from one crisp, cool, climate-controlled environment to the next. Even the most committed weekend beach bums and post-work pool devotees sometimes need to rinse off the sand and chlorine -- while still soaking up some greenery and (filtered) vitamin D.
Well as you know, this town’s got it all -- including a spate of spots that bring the outside in. Each of these restaurants and bars are filled with enough flora and fauna to evoke all the beauty of nature without its attendant sunburn, bugs, and stifling heat. So let that trail of sweat wash down the sewer where it belongs, and allow these greenery-filled spaces to transport you to Parisian gardens, tropical oases, and NYC’s own little Seine during the laziest, haziest days of summer.