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The Definitive Guide To Summer In NYC

July 16, 2013 3:56 PM


A mid-Summer heat wave is leaving New Yorkers with the all-too-familiar and unbearably uncomfortable “sweat in every crease of the body” feeling. But don’t let the scorching temperatures and rising humidity keep you trapped indoors — a chilled, air conditioned room sounds very appealing, but being the pale hermit with the shockingly high electric bill is no way to spend the better part of Summer.

What’s the best way to beat the heat? Distract yourself with great Summer activities, food and boozy drinks. Do yourself a favor and bookmark this page. It just might save your life, so to speak.

Good Grubbin’


We know you spent the time from January 1st until Memorial Day Weekend toning and sculpting that body of yours in order to look good all Summer long, but you need to eta in order to survive Summer. Plus, you’ll be sweating out most of the calories you intake anyway. That’s why, while you’re trooping along in New York City, you need to stop at the Halal Guys cart on 53rd and 6th. The Big Apple is famous for their street carts, and a chicken and rice platter from these guys is worth the wait in line.

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We get it: Halal is hot food, and you’re trying to keep cool. Stop by Melibea in the West Village for some primo gazpacho, prepared by Executive Chef Jesus Nunez. The combination of shrimp, cucumber, ham, salmon roe, tomatoes and olive oil gel will satiate your need for a fulfilling, yet chill bite to eat.

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Alright, it’s Summer. We’ll cut to the chase: you want ice cream. We can’t blame you, it’s the cure for everything that ails, from the Summer heat to that stupid jerk who left you because, “it wasn’t you, it was them.” Whatever.

In dire situations like this, there is only one way to make ice cream better, and that is by using it to make a sandwich. Stop by Francois Payard Patisserie on the Upper East Side, and that ice cream sandwich becomes a work of art.

French chef François Payard specializes in the macaron and uses the sweet meringue-based confection to create sandwiches with ice cream flavors like strawberry cheesecake and coconut mango. Who needs a boyfriend or girlfriend when there’s macaron ice cream sandwiches? Nobody. The answer is nobody.

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Fine, you’re counting calories. That’s perfectly okay. But that’s no reason you can’t enjoy some sweet treats. That’s where People’s Pops comes in and saves your waistline while satisfying your sweet tooth. With Various locations located throughout New York City, these fresh fruit popsicles only contain roughly 100 calories.

Here are The 8 Best Low Calorie Summer Desserts in NYC

Quench Your Thirst with Booze


“But alcohol actually DEHYDRATES you!” is what you’re saying. We know. That’s why we’re asking you to drink in moderation OR have a glass of H2O with you when you sit down for a cocktail.

Remember when you were a kid and your mom would bring out a pitcher of ice cold lemonade for you and your friends? It really quenched your thirst, but you’re an adult now and you drink adult beverages. Enter Berry Park in Brooklyn for a Huckleberry Lemonade and your problem is solved. Berry Park is a great rooftop bar that sits on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, making it a perfect Summer spot for a cocktail. They also have 14 beers on tap, if some suds are more your speed.

Keep thirst at bay with NYC’s 8 Best Summer Cocktails

During heat waves, a frostier drink might be required. That’s where this next drink comes in: a combination of slushie and cocktail, it’s the Frozen Corona from Reunion Surf Bar on 44th and 9th. Corona is mixed with fresh lime juice and triple sec and dispensed as a slushie to bring your core temperature down those few extra degrees it needs.

Get an extra chill with NYC’s 7 Best Boozy Desserts & Frozen Cocktails

Drinking alone is sad and a red flag. That’s why it’s important to get together with friends, making Happy Hour the perfect time for Summer drinks and hang outs. Get your grub AND drink on at The Taco Shop in the West Village where you can get three tacos and a margarita for a $12 Happy Hour special. Choose between the Beef Barbacoa Taco, Baja Fish Taco and Pork Belly Tacos.

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Cure Boredom and Keep Cool


Not much of a drinker? That’s not a problem. There’s plenty to do in New York City, from free activities, Summer Festivals, date ideas and staying cool in the water.

For a great day out in the sun for some fresh air without breaking the bank, you can take a trip to Governors Island. Simply take the ferry at 10 South St. for a walking tours, bike ride or just some r&r.

The possibilities are endless for Summer fun. Check out the lists below:

Plain White T’s, Sara Bareilles and A Great Big World @ Fresh in the Park


Fresh’s 2013 Fresh In The Park concert will be held on Saturday, July 27th at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre at Eisenhower Park [MAP] in East Meadow, Long Island. Since it’s a 100% FREE show, no tickets are required. Just bring some friends, family your love of live music and a lawn chair – or something else to sit on!

The show will start at approx. 7:30PM (dusk), but get there early!!!

This year’s performers will be Plain White T’s, Sara Bareilles and A Great Big World.

Get more info on Fresh in the Park HERE.

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