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The 20 most delicious things to eat and drink this summer

Chow down on these summer-only dishes and drinks before they're gone by Labor Day

Written by
Jake Cohen
&
Alyson Penn
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We don't know about you guys, but when watermelon soft serve and queso-dipped waffle fries make their summer debuts, our beach diets go straight out the window. Knock these seasonal treats off your bucket list at outdoor restaurants and ice cream shops across the city while you're still sporting your short shorts and strapless rompers.  

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  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Greenwich Village
  • price 2 of 4

Chef Dan Kluger, who’s cultivated close relationships with farmers, always makes a point of highlighting ridiculously fresh produce on his menu. And in the summer, squash blossoms take center stage, topping his whole wheat pizza crust alongside mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta cheeses and a drizzle of hot honey. $19.

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  • Restaurants
  • Pizza
  • East Williamsburg
  • price 1 of 4

The tagline is "Kom chill," but, no, this isn’t a 2am text, but a violet-hued frozen cocktail mixed with Kombrewcha Berry Hibiscus, tequila and fresh pineapple juice. Think of it as a fruity, boozy and refreshing way to wash down all the slices you’re going to order at the pizza mecca. $12.

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  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • West Village
  • price 2 of 4

This West Village bakery has built a cult following around all things sweet. Available during the summer months, rotating flavors of soft serve like tangerine and salted caramel are delivered in a stroopwafel-inspired waffle cone with your choice of three toppings like homemade fudge, cookie shards and brownie chunks. $8.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Downtown Brooklyn
  • price 2 of 4

Just because we’ve grown up, doesn’t mean we still don’t crave some of the nostalgic treats of our childhoods. The beloved plastic cup of icy refreshment gets a boozy revival at Fortina with the addition of rosé and fresh peach juice. $6.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Meatpacking District
  • price 3 of 4

When it comes to beer, more is more. Get a pint and a half at the pop-up “shack” in front of the Standard hotel in Meatpacking. Wash down lobster rolls, hush puppies and fried clams with a glass of the Standard Brauhaus lager crowned with an iceberg of foam—a frozen mix of the lager, Smuttynose IPA and a thickening agent. $12.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Upper West Side
  • price 2 of 4

Ditch the mundane cherry and lemon-flavored ice pops in favor of these house-made, Mexican-inspired flavors at an outdoor street cart: Avocado Tortilla is a mix of blended avocados, honey, lime zest and fried tortilla strips, while the Horchata Peanut Butter is made with horchata syrup and the nutty spread. $5.50.

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