Wondering what to do in NYC this weekend? Typically the city that never sleeps, the city slows down come July and August, making for a chill but exciting weekend destination. To prepare for those warm nights on the town, guys should opt for all things lightweight: Linen shirts, colored chinos and easy slip-on loafers or espadrilles. The only other requirements? A well-mixed cocktail and dinner out. From hip rooftop hotspots to hidden-gem downtown establishments, here are a few of my favorites:
HOTEL AMERICANO / 518 W 27th Street / Chelsea
New York rooftops are the unsung heroes of hot summer nights in the city. If there are breezes to be found, Hotel Americano’s rooftop bar and pool will have them. The upstairs kitchen of this urban oasis serves a phenomenal Greek menu of grilled meats and vegetables, while the bar pours classic mojitos and caipirinhais just the way you like them.
PEARL OYSTER BAR / 18 Cornelia Street / West Village
Two lobster rolls and a bottle of chilled white wine make Pearl Oyster a great first-date spot. If lobster is not your thing, the restaurant offers a range of summertime favorites like New England clam chowder, fried oysters and blueberry pie.
COPPELIA / 207 W 14th Street / Chelsea
Named after Havana’s famed ice cream emporium, Coppelia offers a Cuban-fusion menu, Latin music and a relaxed, unpretentious vibe. The 24-hour restaurant ranges from jam-packed to pleasantly calm. In addition to the fantastic breakfast-all-day menu, the Korean steak tacos with rice, beans and jalapeno kimchi are amazing—especially when accompanied by the Margarita Cubana (with ground chili and salt rim).
BARRIO CHINO / 253 Broome Street / Lower East Side
Offering a range of tequilas and antojitos (Mexican street snacks), this downtown institution is a mainstay among locals every night of the week. While the name translates to “Chinatown”, Barrio Chino is technically part of the Lower East Side. Chill weeknights are best for people watching. If packed, give your number to whoever is working the front, and then head next door to one of the sleepier (but still good) establishments. He or she will give you a call once space becomes available. The spicy jalapeno margarita with a sugar rim has a bite that is worth the wait.