Looking for more summer dining?
Leave it to Ansel, master purveyor of viral sweets, to make us want to eat fruit again. For this beauty, served out of his summer soft-serve window, he fills slices of watermelon studded with little chocolate "seeds" with homemade watermelon ice cream. $10.
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.
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.
As the name suggests, this isn’t clean eating. Chef Andrew Carmellini’s food truck, parked on the William Vale’s alfresco promenade, is serving up waffle fries (which are arguably the best type of fries) showered with queso and scallions for a serious upgrade to the classic fast food fare. $6.
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.
For a chill aperitif, head to the courtyard of the Chelsea hotel to sip the frozen negroni from the expert team behind Maison Premiere. Drink in both the gin, Campari, Spanish vermouth and orange-blossom oil cocktail, as well as the surrounding lush greenery. $14.
The terrace of this Michelin two-star staple has been fitted with a retro ice cream cart for the summer. Overlooking the sculpture garden of the MoMA, sip on a glass of champagne as you take in the culture and a few macaron sandwiches stuffed with strawberry sorbet. $12.
You’re on a boat, mothershucker. There’s no better way to pretend like you’re escaping the city than planting yourself on this ship docked at Pier 25 and throwing back a half-dozen oysters on the half shell, dressed with shishito peppers and a champagne vinaigrette. $25.
It’s carnival food done with New York panache and Empire State views. This Rainbow Room special is lobster dipped in a corn-butter batter, fried and topped with a smoked cocktail sauce and a house-made cabbage-apple-yuzu-kohlrabi slaw. The stick is optional. $21.
What would a summer eats list be without an appearance from the bounty of rouge beauties making their way into the city? The popular Brooklyn spot is dressing cold-smoked heirloom tomatoes with tonnato, black olive oil and a salad of basils for a vibrant taste of the season. $24.
Everything is everywhere. And where better to eat the popular seasoning than on a lobster roll on a boat? The bagel-inspired sandwich is packed with lobster chunks, scallion cream cheese, red onions, chives and everything seasoning on an everything potato roll. $22.95.
Edible cookie dough sensation, DO, is setting up camp (literally) at Chef’s Club Counter from now through September. Aptly named Camp Cookie DO, the pop-up is serving soft serve cones and cookie dough ice cream sandwiches all sporting nostalgic flavors like campfire s’mores. $9.
This seasonal pop-up at the Arlo Nomad hotel is kicking the standard summer hot dog up fives notches thanks to this bacon-wrapped and fried hot dog sandwiched between a sweet King’s Hawaiian bun and topped with a sour house-made onion relish. $10.
Messy, sloppy, beefy barbecue doesn’t usually pair with glasses of pretty-in-pink rosé. But then again, most ‘cue joints aren’t Michelin starred. Enter Coté, the Korean BBQ restaurant serving seasonal frosé made with a Campari-Aperol blend, Cantalupo Nebbiolo Rosato, pineapple liqueur and cute flamingo straws. $16.
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.
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.
Talk about raising the bar: The sky-high Westlight launched a summer weekend-only, all-day lounge on its roof fitted with an Astroturf lawn, cornhole games and cocktails to drink in with the view like this fruity wine concoction served with fresh orange and blackberries and a pink flamingo stirrer. $12.
It’s been said that New York is a dog-eat-dog city, but we’re also just a general ‘dog-eating city. The latest pop-up in Chef’s Club Counter is the West Coast chain, Dog Haus, offering your choice of base—beef hot dog, chicken-sake sausage or Red Thai currywurst— loaded up with toppings. $9-$10.
Shaved ice gets the fancy French treatment from Michelin-starred chef-turned -chocolatier Gabriel Kreuther. A 70% dark chocolate ganache is frozen and shaved to order with a drizzle of fudge and toppings like raspberry puree or mango-aleppo syrup for equal parts indulgence and refreshment. $5.50.
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.