Summer is in full swing, and we have the hot temperatures to prove it, which means we’re running to the closest watering hole for a cold cocktail and breezy views. And although the concrete jungle may not stir up thoughts of island views, it does have quite a few spots that will make you feel like you’re in paradise.
Beach at Dream Downtown
The perfect summertime escape isn’t too far away with a glass-bottom pool, full-service bar and sand beach provided by Dream Downtown. The indoor/outdoor café located adjacently to the pool features an all-day menu for a quick bite and drinks amongst friends.
355 West 16th Street
The River Café, Brooklyn
Nestled below the Brooklyn Bridge, The River Café boasts picture-perfect views of the New York City skyline and Statue of Liberty. Indulge in a six-course tasting menu for $155, prepared using only the finest and freshest ingredients, at this riverside restaurant that has become a well-known culinary destination.
One Water Street, Brooklyn
Boat Basin, Upper West Side
Located on the Upper West Side, the Boat Basin is an open-air patio with stunning views of the New Jersey skyline. Stop by for casual American fare and grab a drink while the sun sets over the Hudson.
West 79th Street
Astoria Park Pool, Queens
Situated underneath the Triborough Bridge, the Astoria Park Pool is among the largest public pools in New York City. Stop in for a dip on a hot summer day while you take in sweeping views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. One thing is for sure, no matter how hot the day Astoria Park Pool won’t overfill with New Yorkers as it has a capacity of 6,200 swimmers. Pool hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily.
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
A quick subway ride away will offer up cocktails, outdoor dining, ocean water and sand between your toes at Brighton Beach in the south side of Brooklyn along the Coney Island peninsula. Head over to the amusement park for carnival fare and rides or pitch a spot on the beach with towel and sunscreen in tow.
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
Fornino, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Beat out the summer heat with a slice of pizza and dazzling views. This Fornino’s location offers rooftop seating and views of lower Manhattan in addition to signature pizzas and a menu specific to its Brooklyn Bridge Park location.
Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Grand Banks, Tribeca
Inspired by the oyster barges that once lined Manhattan’s waterfront in the 19th century, Grand Banks is serving oysters aboard the historic wooden schooner Sherman Zwicker. With sustainably harvested oysters and nautical-inspired cocktails, Grand Banks is great for a weekend date or after-work sip.
Pier 25, Hudson River Park
Oakland’s Restaurant and Marina, Hamptons
Replace the city skyline with views of sailboats wading on the water at Oakland’s Restaurant and Marina in the Hamptons. Indulge in fresh-caught seafood prepared by executive chef Corrie Dietrich and sip on exclusive cocktails while the fresh sea breeze replaces the usual heavy heat from the city.
365 Dune Road