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NYC: 10 Perfect Summer Dining Spots

NYC in summer is full of bright sunshine and there is no better season to enjoy the refreshing breeze, and lush summer views. Here is the list of my favorite summer dining spots in NYC, each has its own charming summer flair.


Grand Banks

Nothing speaks summer more than dining on a sail boat. Grand Banks is a seasonal oyster bar located at Pier 25 in Hudson River Park, Manhattan. The views here are stunning, and the laid-back atmosphere reminds me of a leisurely vacation in Europe.

  • Seafood & Oyster Bar | Pier 25, Tribeca | $$$

Gallow Green

Gallow Green is a beautiful rooftop bar and restaurant located atop the McKittrick Hotel in Chelsea, Manhattan. It makes you feel like stepping into a secret garden and escape from the bustling city streets below. The greenery, rustic farm house decoration, and cozy seating all feel so inviting. It's a perfect spot for enjoying NYC during the summer months.

  • Global Cuisine & Bar | W27th St, Chelsea | $$

Gitano Island

Gitano Island is a tropical paradise on Governors Island. If you take a day trip to Governors Island, this is a great spot to relax and enjoy the iconic view of the Manhattan skyline. This place transports you to the beach of Tulum.

  • Mexican Cuisine | 125 Carder Rd, Governors Island | $$$

Fandi Mata

Fandi Mata is a local's favorite in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The ambiance combines tropical elements with rustic industrial vibes, creating a dynamic atmosphere. The colorful decorations evoke memories of vibrant summer days. Both the drinks and the food receive excellent reviews.

  • Global Cuisine & Bar | 74 Bayard St, Williamsburg | $$

Olio e Piu

Olio e Piu is a charming Italian restaurant located in the heart of Greenwich Village in Manhattan. It offers authentic Italian cuisine with a cozy atmosphere. I love sitting outside here in summer, enjoying a delicious handmade pasta dish and taking in the vibrant atmosphere of the city streets.

  • Italian Cuisine | 3 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich Village | $$


Gilligan's is located at Soho Grand Hotel in SoHo, Manhattan. It offers a laid-back and vibrant atmosphere with a beachy, tropical theme, creating a chill and summery vibe in the heart of NYC. It's a cool place to hang out with friends and enjoy a moment of peace in the busy city.

  • Cocktail Bar | 310 W Broadway, SoHo | $$


Rosemary's in the West Village has delicious Italian food and a warm inviting atmosphere. The interior and cooking style remind me of home-cooking on a farm in Italy. The rooftop garden adds a unique touch to the restaurant. It is where they grow fresh herbs and some vegetables used in the dishes.

  • Italian Cuisine | 18 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich Village | $$

Casa La Femme

Casa La Femme has a luxurious and elegant atmosphere with its Egyptian-inspired decor. The outdoor seating area is decorated beautifully. There is also dinner with belly dancing show here.

  • Egyptian Cuisine | 140 Charles St, West Village  | $$

Central Park Boathouse

Dining at Central Park Boathouse is one of the most romantic experiences in NYC. Officially known as "The Loeb Boathouse," this iconic restaurant has a stunning view of the lake. In summer, the lakeside patio is perfect for enjoying the lush scene at Central Park.

  • American Cuisine | Central Park | $$$


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