SN Postcard: NYC in the Summer

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In “the city that never sleeps,” there’s always plenty to do, especially when the weather is nice. Whether you’re eating at a trendy restaurant, going to happy hour with the girls, or just sitting in Central Park, summer in New York City is simply unmatched. Trust us, after a couple of months filled with gray, gloomy skies, the whole city is hoping to enjoy the much-anticipated sunshine. If you’re a local looking for something to do after your 9-to-5, a visitor who needs plans for a weekend trip, or just searching for the perfect staycation spot, Team SN has got you covered with our guide for how to do summer in NYC.

Where to Stay

The Bowery Hotel: Located in LES, The Bowery Hotel is known for its luxurious feel and some historic guests. 

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge: With two locations in Brooklyn and Central Park, you can choose from a waterfront view of the Brooklyn Bridge or stay just steps away from one of Manhattan’s calling cards.

The Beekman Hotel: The decor of The Beekman was inspired by 19th century design, and walking into the lobby truly feels like you’ve stepped back in time. 

The Standard: The Standard has two gorgeous locations in the East Village and the Meatpacking District. Each hotel has a hip ambiance and killer views that are a must-see. 

ModernHaus SoHo: With an unbeatable SoHo location, ModernHaus is just minutes away from the Angelika Film Center, the Tribeca Greenmarket, and some of the best cafés and restaurants the city has to offer. 

Where to Eat


  • Jack’s Wife Freda. With three NYC locations and a spot in Williamsburg, there’s no excuse not to try the mouth-watering Jack’s Wife Freda brunch menu. 

  • Juliette. With a picture-perfect ambiance and fun outdoor rooftop setup, Juliette is a must on Team SN’s list. 

  • Ruby’s. You simply haven’t been to New York if you haven’t had brunch at this to-die-for Aussie café.

  • Tompkins Bagels. New York City is known for its bagels and Tompkins Square Bagels is a staple! 

  • Maman. With locations on pretty much every corner, this French café and restaurant is unmissable and their food is delicious. 

Lunch and Dinner

  • Bar Primi. For hand-made pasta, delicious Frosé, and the perfect outdoor street seating.

  • Oscar Wilde. The vibes at Oscar Wilde are truly unmatched with eye-catching knick-knacks located in every corner of the restaurant. They even serve Victorian afternoon tea!

  • Thursday Kitchen. If you’re on the hunt for a tapas-style restaurant with a twist, then look no further: Thursday Kitchen is the place for you. 

  • Rosie’s. Looking for outdoor seating and a killer marg? We recommend Rosie’s the next time you’re craving authentic Mexican food. 

  • Supper. In the mood for Italian comfort food? Head over to Supper for some of the best pasta the city has in store. 


  • Apotheke. Located in Chinatown, Apotheke has a secret entrance and unique craft cocktails 

  • City Winery. If you’re a wine lover, then visiting City Winery is a must. Not only are there tastings and food and wine seminars, but City Winery also hosts concerts and events.

  • Loulou. With a great location in the heart of Chelsea, cocktail glasses in the shape of birds and pigs (yes, you read that right), and a fantastic small plate selection, Loulou is one of Team SN’s go-to's. 

  • Ruffian is famously one of the best wine bars in the city with a great outdoor space and an unbeatable tasting menu. 

  • Public Records. If you’re a music lover, then Public Records is the place for you. This Brooklyn social space has a bar and sound room that promise a good time.

What to Do

Mini golf at Hudson River Park Pier 25. Enjoy the warm weather and play at the only 18-hole miniature golf course in the city alongside a breathtaking view of the water.

Gallery hop in Chelsea. Head down to Chelsea’s West 24th street to enjoy some of the best galleries in the city.

Shopping in SoHo. Do we even need to explain this one? If you’re in New York City, then shopping is a must, and SoHo is the neighborhood where you’ll want to splurge. 

Visit a fun museum or immersive experience. Name one other city where your museum options include Museum of Ice Cream, Museum of Sex, or the Color Factory.

Dumpling Crawl through Chinatown. Eat your way through Chinatown and embark on a noble quest to find the perfect dumpling. 

New York Botanical Garden. While Central Park may be New York City’s most iconic outdoor spot, consider taking a trip to the city’s Botanical Garden (located in the Bronx), and enjoy some gorgeous flowers and nature.

Walk along the High Line. Tired of walks along the West Side Highway? Take a stroll along the High Line and finish it off with a stop in Chelsea Market.

Broadway. Beat the heat. You can't spend a weekend in NYC without seeing a show!

What to Pack

Slip dress. The perfect way to dress for the warm weather is with a sleek slip dress. Luckily, SN has got you covered, and you can even choose from four different colors.

Cross-body bag. While dressing up for the city is a chance to show off your sense of style, you also need to keep it practical. Safely store all of your belongings and look cute with a simple cross-body bag

Sneakers. If you’re in New York City, then you’ll definitely be walking a lot. Save your feet with a comfortable and trendy pair of Nike Blazers.

Crochet Cardigan. Sometimes you need that extra layer for cooler nights and knitwear is one of our favorite trends at the moment. You can’t go wrong with this adorable cropped, multi-colored cardigan

Sunnies. Lexxola describes their adorable sunnies as “tools for the city,” and we honestly could not have said it better.