Food & Drink

Where to drink outside this Summer

Published On 05/01/2014 Published On 05/01/2014
Andrew Zimmer
The Surf Lodge
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Andrew Zimmer
Kevin's Red Hook
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1. Zona Rosa 571 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This rooftop bar in Brooklyn houses an old Airstream trailer and's serving up awesome Mexican eats like queso fundido, carnitos tacos, and watermelon margaritas.

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2. Tequila Park Taqueria 356 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019 (Midtown West)

One part taqueria, one part margarita garden, this rooftop resto is whipping up innovative bites, like shrimp kimchi nachos and Sriracha Philly cheesesteak tacos, which you can wash down with speciality margs and horchatas.

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3. Greenwood Park 555 7th Ave, New York, NY 11215

A 13000sqft auto repair shop turned American beer garden sellin' suds by the pitcher from the home country and "elsewhere." You can also play Bocce here, the great American pastime.

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4. Frying Pan 205 12th Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Chelsea)

Located at Pier 66 in Chelsea, the Frying Pan is quite literally a bar on a docked boat. The boat is a historic 1929 lightship, and the outdoor bar juts far out into the pier thanks to a long barge. A center bar and grill serves up beer and bar bites like Pat LaFrieda sirloin burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and garlic fries. There's a dance floor at the end of the barge, which gets more and more crowded as the sun sets on happy hour.

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5. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria, NY 11105 (Queens)

One of the largest outdoor drinking venues in the city, this Astoria beer garden boasts a huge backyard with communal picnic tables and a stage for live music. The Czech-inspired menu features imported pilsners like Krusovice and Staropramen, and traditional dishes like grilled bratwursts, potato pierogis, and roast pork with sauerkraut and dumplings. Though summer is undoubtedly Bohemian Hall's busiest season, the indoor bar makes for a cozy winter hang spot.

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6. MoMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101 (Queens)

Founded in 1971, MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the US, and serves as an exhibition space rather than a collecting institution.

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7. Roberta's Pizza 261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (Bushwick)

Don’t be dissuaded by the gritty, graffiti-splattered cinder-block facade, Roberta’s is among New York’s most celebrated pizzerias, having made an international footprint (sauce print?) with visiting Europeans and local Bushwick loft-dwellers alike who endure long waits on nights and weekends for a table. Inside the red front door, you'll find a warm dining room and open kitchen where blistering discs of dough are pulled out of an Italian-made wood-burning oven and given names like Speckenwolf (mozzarella, crispy speck, cremini mushroom, red onion, oregano) and Millennium Falco (parmesan, pork sausage, red onion). The final product is Neapolitan-like in taste and structure, and since you probably won't have any leftovers, do yourself one last favor and buy a loaf of bread from the on-site bakery on your way out.

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8. Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club 89 South St, New York, NY 10038 (Financial District)

The closing of Water Taxi Beach left Manhattan residents few proximate options for beachy fun, meaning anyone who wanted to play in the sand would likely just be told to go pound some. Thankfully, Beekman Beer Garden and Beach Club has moved into WT's shuttered Seaport spot, and's fleshing out a beach-meets-beer-garden concept via a number of distinct, Voltron-esque components, none of which are hopefully the whiny green lion dude.

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9. Watermark Bar 78 South St, New York, NY 10038 (Downtown)

Reasons to spend your summer at Watermark Bar: burgers, cocktails, alcoholic sno-cones, and, oh, just a rooftop park. Get your mingle on at this Pier 15-adjacent hotspot -- it's one of our NYC warm-weather favorites.

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10. The Met Rooftop Bar 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028 (Upper East Side)

Situated on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum, the aptly named Met Rooftop Bar offers sweeping views of Central Park and beyond that can be enjoyed with wine, cocktails, and light bites. It's only open when the museum is and it is oftentimes overflowing with tourists, but the scenery and the special atmosphere make it well-worth the limited hours and lines for drinks. Try to come on a weekday when the crowds have thinned. If you can make it on a weekday.

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11. The Standard Hotel 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014 (Meatpacking)

A biergarten, a pizza garden, the High Line, Meatpacking, the Standard Grill, Le Bain... this hotel has so much to do, you'll probably never want to leave.

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