What’s the best way to beat the New York City heat? Air conditioning and cocktails. The spritz is having its moment (psst: Dante at Genuine offers several iterations), and restaurants throughout the city have upped their bar game; the offerings are plentiful and spot-on. From Mediterranean-inspired cocktails on tap in a Brooklyn backyard, to a fine glass of rosé in a chic Midtown hideaway, this list covers the latest and greatest in food and drink [to help you survive the NYC swelter].
1/Dante at Genuine
Because the only thing better than the city’s best Negroni is the city’s best Negroni flowing from a self-serve fountain. Zero in on the beverage menu’s “Summer of Spritz” section, and don’t overlook the sourdough flatbreads, house-made pastas, and tiramisu (served tableside). // SoHo. Book now on Resy.
2/Mifune and Sushi Amane
Because it’s not every day that two Michelin-starred chefs, from completely different parts of the world, band together. Upstairs, enjoy upscale Japanese-European cuisine at Mifune; downstairs, savor a masterful omakase at Sushi Amane. // Midtown East. Book now on Resy.
Because it’s a delight to dine at a restaurant that doesn’t try too hard, yet brilliantly succeeds. As Pete Wells writes in his glimmering two-star review, “What Ms. de Boer and Ms. Shadbolt offer is not a wild vision of new ways to cook but a solid vision of how to eat.” // West Village. Book now on Resy.
4/Air’s Champagne Parlor
Because this salon’s mission to re-position bubbly as an everyday libation is admirable. Take note: An impressive selection of sparkling wine is offered alongside snacks like oysters and caviar, all within a pleasingly affordable price range. // Greenwich Village. Book now on Resy.
Because Israeli food is on the rise across the country, and this newcomer offers some of the best in New York City. The outdoor garden at Miss Ada is a pleasant locale for sipping cocktails on tap and snacking on hummus masabaha. // Fort Greene. Book now on Resy.
Because the revamped old-school interior is suave, and the bar stocks 100 whiskey varieties. Nosh on elevated classics, like oysters Rockefeller and a patty melt– best enjoyed while perched atop a velvet barstool, or tucked into an emerald green banquette. // West Village. Book now on Resy.
Because the whimsical Greg Baxtrom has debuted his very own soft-serve, and you can have yours cased in a magical chocolate shell or topped with freeze-dried berries. Flavors like sour cherry and vanilla violet are crafted from ingredients grown in the restaurant’s famed backyard garden. Delightful. // Prospect Heights. Book now on Resy.
Because we crave oysters on hot days, and here they’re served with playful accoutrement-filled droppers. Speaking of playful: barman Damon Boelte’s spot-on summer cocktails are inspired by his favorite Gilmore Girls episodes. // Boerum Hill. Book now on Resy.
9/Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
Because there’s no better place to sip rosé than Le Bernardin’s wine bar counterpart. A rotating list of 40 wines by the glass and 200 by the bottle is complemented by affordable eats from chef Eric Ripert and team. Don’t miss the daily #9PMPOUR, which features a special large-format bottle chosen by Aldo himself. // Theater District. Book now on Resy.
Because if you can’t make it out of the city, this charming Red Hook mainstay will provide just the respite you need. With its elevated comfort fare and strong, tasty cocktails, Fort Defiance serves its haven of a neighborhood quite well. // Red Hook. Book now at Fort Defiance.
Because this beloved pizza restaurant is closing its doors Aug.20 after nearly 15 years on Flatbush Avenue. Franny’s paved the way for a new generation of destination-worthy Brooklyn restaurants, and it will be sorely missed for its trailblazing farm-to-table ethos, impressive wine list, neighborly atmosphere, and above all, its delicious, delicious pies. Grab a seat before August 20th. // Park Slope. Book now on Resy.