Summer guide: here's where to eat and drink this season
Sidewalk cafés and backyards are great, but a view and a breeze make everything better, especially when NYC's famous humidity kicks in.
BEST FOR: FOODIES
Birreria at Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave., eataly.com
The draw at Mario Batali and Lidia and Joe Bastianich's beer-themed restaurant crowning Eataly is just as much the hearty Austrian- and German-influenced dishes as the house-brewed cask beers. Settle in at the bar or have a seat in the open-air dining room with views of the Flatiron and Empire State buildings, and gorge yourself on house-made sausage or beer-braised pork shoulder.
BEST FOR: AFTER WORK
Pod 39 Rooftop at The Pod39 Hotel, 145 E. 39th St., thepodhotel.com
The two-story, indoor-outdoor space recently reopened for its second season. A limited selection from April Bloomfield's Salvation Taco menu is available on the roof terrace, designed with terra-cotta columns and ceramic Malibu tile-topped tables. Try the fresh seafood salad with shrimp, squid and octopus, or the guacamole -- which is habit forming -- with a guajillo chili salt-rimmed margarita.
BEST FOR: CITY VIEWS
The Ides at The Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, wythehotel.com
This stunning sixth-floor terrace draws in locals and in-the-know visitors for classic cocktails and views for days. Start with an early dinner of asparagus soup and Calaspara rice on the ground floor at Reynards, where the menu changes daily, and then hurry upstairs to catch the sunset with an after-dinner drink.
BEST FOR: FRANCOPHILES
Juliette Restaurant, 135 N. Fifth St., Williamsburg, juliettewilliamsburg.com
Amble up a narrow flight of stairs past the dimly lit brasserie-style dining room in favor of a table on the bamboo-wrapped patio. The tiny bar means you'll wait in line for drinks when there is a crowd, but the Sucre Jardin, a blend of Milagro tequila, basil and strawberry purée, is worth the wait. Afterward, enjoy an elegant moonlight dinner of savory steak tartare and salty moules-frites.
BEST FOR: BROOKLYNITES
Berry Park, 4 Berry St., Williamsburg, berryparkbk .com
Arrive early and watch the space fill up with mustachioed neighborhood hipsters and wayfarer-sporting yuppies. Stay through sunset (and happy hour from 4-7 p.m. on weekdays) when the views over the east side of Manhattan will enchant and bewitch.
BEST FOR: PARTIERS
Ph-D at The Dream Downtown Hotel, 355 W. 16th St., dreamhotels.com
Stumble into this Meatpacking District hotel's boxy, mirrored elevators and ride up to the 12th floor for Ph-D's weekly Sunset Saturdays event. Take in the Hudson view with a sugary Frisky Fling cocktail.
BEST FOR: POOLSIDE COCKTAILS
Jimmy at The James Hotel, 27 Grand St., jameshotels .com
If weekend parties on the 18th-floor pool deck with 360-degree views aren't enough to lure you, perhaps the cheeky cocktail menu will. And don't be surprised if you bump shoulders with New York VIPs like Sofia Coppola, Jay-Z or Michelle Williams.
BEST FOR: LIC LOCALS
Penthouse808 Asian Bistro & Lounge at the Ravel Hotel, 8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City, ravelhotel.com
Expect happy-hour specials Monday through Thursday and parties all weekend with a variety of revelers from the neighborhood and beyond. Arrive early and watch the Queensboro Bridge light up over the East River.
Blue Ribbon Beer Garden
This beer hall just opened, but the folks behind it, the Bromberg brothers, are no newbies when it comes to restaurants. Their Blue Ribbon Brand is renowned, and they have multiple restaurants in the city already. This outdoor oasis skips the brats and opts for barbecue, and it even features pingpong! Thompson LES Hotel, 190 Allen St., blueribbonres taurants.com
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
Open for 101 years, the Bohemian is a city institution, and should be landmarked, if you ask us. Hit up this sprawling scene for the beer (duh), and if you're tough, the eats which could be categorized as "exotic": from Tlacenka (head cheese) to the "Czech delicacy similar to pork." 29-12 24th Ave., Astoria, bohemianhall.com
While this beer garden opened to some stroller-related, Park Slope-style controversy two years ago. it's now considered one of the best outdoor drinking spots in Brooklyn. 555 Seventh Ave., South Park Slope, green woodparkbk.com
Radegast Hall & Biergarten
Imported brews and brats are king at this two-room gutted warehouse space. There's even a retractable roof on one side. 113 N. 3rd St., Williamsburg, radegasthall.com