Breakfast of champions
To prevent burnout, you’ll need to fuel up big time before you head to Randall’s Island each day. To get your caffeine kick, hit up La Colombe, a chain around the city that definitely won’t disappoint. Locals flock to their locations for draft lattes (which you can also grab in a can if you’ve got a ferry to catch). If you’re taking the Williamsburg shuttle, check out Gimme Coffee, just a couple of blocks from the pick-up point. This New York-based chain is renowned for its unreasonably delicious espresso and small-batch roasted coffee beans.
Of course, you can’t go wrong with Black Seed Bagels. This wildly popular spot (with a few locations in downtown Manhattan) changed the game when they combined New York-style bagels with wood-fired Montreal-style bagels. The options are endless... but you can never go wrong with bacon. Then if you’ve got a sweet tooth, don’t miss Dun-Well Donuts in the East Village or Williamsburg, where the creations just happen to be vegan. Seriously, these donuts are so divine you won’t be able to tell.
Where to grub after the last set ends
If you were too distracted by the music to take advantage of all the festival’s vendors, fear not: It is New York City, after all. Plenty of places will still be serving food by the time you make it off Randall’s Island. Ukranian diner Veselka in the East Village is open 24 hours/day, serving pierogi, kielbasa sausage, and other rich Ukrainian comfort food at all hours of the night. The Meatball Shop has multiple locations both uptown and downtown and stays open until 2am. True to its name, the menu focuses on meatballs, but includes vegetarian options and an impressive cocktail list. If you’re starving and want a super quick bite, stop by the 2 Bros Pizza shop right by the 125th street station on your way back from Randall’s Island. 2 Bros is a no-frills chain that New York City locals love because it serves plain cheese slices for just $1 flat.
Where to keep the party going
If you still somehow have energy after a full day of dancing, well, color us impressed. There’s nothing better than NYC’s rooftops in the summer. After the sun sets and the weather cools down, rooftop bars expose the city’s best views. In Manhattan, Hotel Chantelle in the Lower East Side is always a great choice, while in Williamsburg, Night of Joy serves up fresh frozen margaritas on its roof patio and Berry Park has a crazy impressive selection of European beers and tons of outdoor space.
Don’t miss these sights while you’re in NYC
There’s no better time to be in New York than July, and there’s a lot going on in addition to Panorama. Head over to Central Park and see a rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed outside by Shakespeare in the Park. Panorama also overlaps with NYC Restaurant Week, aka Christmas in July for foodies. Over the course of a few weeks, tons of restaurants around the city offer discounted prix fixe meals which can be a perfect opportunity to try a place you’ve been meaning to check out or that might typically be out of your price range. The only hitch is you have to reserve your spot in advance. This year, reservations open July 10.
Also be sure to see some off-the-beaten path destinations around the city. Visit the waterfront Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side, the hipster New Museum on the Lower East Side, or the ongoing summer food festival known as Madison Square Eats right in front of the Flatiron Building.
But at the end of the very long day or festival weekend, just remember to make the most of it. And try to get a selfie with Solange.