Contrary to popular belief, not everyone in New York has a summer house in Southampton. Furthermore, summer around these parts is pretty rad if you can get around sweltering subways and the smell of boiling hot garbage. From al fresco eating and drinking to beaches to rooftops, we’ve compiled several summer go-tos throughout New York and New Jersey to keep you sane while binge watching Instagram Stories of vacationing friends in Santorini. With almost 90 different local spots to check out, we have your summer completely covered, and broken up amongst Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and New Jersey.
Here’s a bit of what you can expect to find in Yelp NYC’s Summer Guide 2017:
North River Lobster Co. | Pier 25 in Hudson River Park
While you can easily get your hands on a lobster roll in most parts of Manhattan, North River Lobster Co. is the only place where you can get a lobster roll while bobbing atop the Hudson River. The largest floating lobster shack in NYC features fresh seafood, light fare, mason jar cocktails, buckets of beer, and a raw bar. It’s a laid-back, casual atmosphere with great views of Midtown, and each lobster roll comes with a quick cruise that’s included with price of food and drinks.
The Press Lounge | 653 11th Avenue in Hells Kitchen
Former New York Times food critic Frank Bruni may have said it best when he wrote that the Press Lounge was “without question, one of the city’s most attractive rooftop bars”. Who are we to argue with a legend?
Pig Beach | 480 Union Street in Gowanus
Barbecue from an award-winning team and a massive outdoor space with plenty of games is fantastic enough, but we just have two words for you: Triple. Burger.
Leaf Bar & Lounge | 133-42 39th Avenue in Flushing
Grab a cocktail or a snack on one of Flushing’s destination nightlife spots. Leaf Bar & Lounge provides a green oasis in bustling downtown Flushing where one can drop by for a botanically-inspired cocktail. On a rooftop set against a panoramic view of Queens and the distant Manhattan skyline.
Lunch | 1980 Montauk Highway in Amagansett
Some say that Memorial Day is the unofficial first day of summer. We argue that summer starts when Lunch Lobster Roll awakens from hibernation to begin slinging some of the best split butter top rolls in the state. Celebrities, sand dunes, gardens of summer flowers, umbrellas, beach balls, picnic tables, and plenty of smiling faces are what you’ll find daily at this nostalgic roadside shack.
Laurita Winery | 35 Archertown Road in New Egypt, NJ
New Jersey is home to many wineries, but it’s no surprise that Laurita stands out as one of the best. Their outdoor property is expansive and they are constantly filling the summer calendar with goodies. Live music, food truck fests, and bonfires are just some of the many things to do at Laurita.