With summer quickly approaching, the city is opening back up, and so are its restaurants! It can be easy to get overwhelmed by how many dining options there are in New York City, so I’ve compiled a list of 10 restaurants to check out this summer. They’re all very different and the most adventurous and even the pickiest eaters will be able to find a new spot to try. Whether it’s indoor or outdoor seating, these restaurants are all worth a visit!
Let’s kick off our list with this New Orleans style TriBeCa spot! The restaurant was named after the year of the Louisiana Purchase, which is perfect for this NoLa inspired menu. They serve brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert and even have a speakeasy inside! You can sit outside or choose balconied seating to feel like you’re in the French Quarter. Their menu is a blend of French, Cajun and Spanish culinary history and ranges in options from Crawfish Cake Benedict to Gumbo. There are also vegetarian options! I think one of my favorite parts about this place is the New Orleans Beignets!
This might be the coolest taco spot in town! Not only does this taco truck inspired restaurant have a great menu, but they have some of the best happy hour deals I’ve ever seen! Taco Vision offers $7 happy hour drinks and weekend $20 bottomless tacos+drinks. Every Tuesday is happy hour all night long taco Tuesday. They have indoor, street and private margarita garden seating options. Grab a reservation!
Palma is a family owned Italian restaurant located in the West Village. They specialize in hand made pastas using the freshest ingredients and they have gluten-free options. This restaurant has indoor garden seating with a retractable roof, an outdoor terrace and a carriage house kitchen style seating options. You can book private events and cooking classes with them, as well. The amazing food combined with the stunning atmosphere that makes you feel at home, puts this place near the top of my list this summer!
This is a really cool Japanese-Italian inspired restaurant! They offer one of the most unique menus I’ve seen in the city and have both indoor and outdoor seating. Their menu has options such as rice cake lasagna and eggplant katsu, as well as a weekend brunch menu with french toast. They have rave reviews so hurry and get a reservation!
Berimbau is a Brazilian style restaurant that offers brunch, lunch and dinner. The menu has some vegan options and tells you which items contain nuts and gluten. They are home to New York’s first Caipirinha bar, which is Brazil’s national cocktail. Located in the heart of the West Village with tons of fun food and drink options, this is the place to be!
Another West Village gem, this Thai restaurant inspired by the owner’s favorite Bangkok recipes is phenomenal. The food is served family style and they use all local, fresh ingredients. They offer a seasonal menu and weekend brunch. This is a place you will definitely want to check out!
This Nolita located restaurant serves Tel-Avivian cuisine. This adorable spot is set at a great price point and is fun to go to with friends or out on a lunch date. The menu has unique dishes such as rotisserie chicken hummus and hamachi ceviche, but they also serve great staples like burgers and caesar salads. They will host private events, as well. Grab some friends and head on over to this delicious spot!
Wild is a gluten-free restaurant with locally sourced ingredients. They specialize in pizzas that you wouldn’t even realize were gluten-free, they are that good! Wild serves tasty starters, salads, pastas and pizzas. And with a happy hour Monday-Thursday from 12-7, they’re a great place that everyone can find something they enjoy at.
Calling all southern comfort food lovers- I’ve got a place for you! A fun thing this restaurant does is sell pickles, preserves and biscuits all to-go. They plate classic dishes like biscuits and gravy, a decadent mac and cheese and baby back ribs. But they also serve classic dishes with a twist, so if chicken and pancakes, shrimp and bacon grits or a honey chicken biscuit sandwich sound good to you, snatch a reservation at this popular spot!
Finishing up with possibly the most fun experience, Ayza is known for being a wine and chocolate bar but they have delicious plates such as short rib bruschetta, crispy baby shrimp dumplings and white truffle pizza. Here’s the coolest part- the restaurant does offer outdoor seating, but they happen to be the first restaurant in NYC where you can eat on a trolley! How fun would that be for a date night?! Get your hands on a reservation!
On Wednesday, June 9th, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is hosting their first “Sunset Picnic on the Pier” event from 6:30-8:30 at Pier 6 on Liberty Lawn! The event is geared toward adults only this year and there will be food, wine and live music. You can reserve a socially distanced picnic spot for up to 10 people, hurry they’re only selling 350 tickets!