The Citiblog

5 Spots to Beat the Summer Heat
August 9, 2023, 6:00.11 pm ET


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Rocco’s (1 W 3rd St)

Rocco’s is the place to cool off and watch the Women’s World Cup and US Open this summer. Grab a refreshing large-format cocktail for the table (perfect for 4+), like their Dirty Martini with olive washed black pepper Harridan vodka, olive brine and dry vermouth or Rocco’s Championship Cup with rum, tequila, passion fruit, pineapple, ginger and lime, served in a trophy.

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The team is also serving up classic sports bar fare (with a twist) like Pigs in a Blanket with al pastor chorizo and pineapple, the RSR Burger (smoked in-house!) with smoked brisket jam, gruyere, bibb lettuce, caramelized onions, and zippy house sauce, and Smoked Buffalo Wings with White BBQ sauce and green onions.

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seeyabajo (49 W 27th Street)

seeyamañana, the relaxed, Baja California-inspired cocktail bar and restaurant, recently debuted its new, subterranean bar, seeyabajo. The vibey music venue is serving up tropical-inspired drinks and raw bar dishes, perfect for a hot summer night. Transport yourself to the beach with Coconut Ceviche (striped bass, leche de tigre, cucumber served in a coconut husk with sweet potato chips), Baja Oysters (west coast, house cocktail sauce, habanero mignonette) and Yellowtail Crudo.

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Sip refreshing cocktails like the herbaceous Besame Mucho (vodka, japanese sake vermouth, kombucha, guava, hibiscus, prosecco, lemon, crushed ice with hibiscus flower) and Vamos a la Playa (reposado tequila, sotol, grapefruit, cocoa, mole and soda highball on ice with with grapefruit chocolate garnish).

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Donna (7 Cornelia St, West Village)

Donna, the worker-owned restaurant and bar recently relocated from Williamsburg to West Village, offers a selection of refreshing house cocktails perfect for summer enjoyment. Sit back and enjoy small plates ranging from guacamole with pico de gallo to tostadas and bean & cheese pupusas as well as whole fish.

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Summer cocktails include the Blue Norseman, a blend of cachaça, aquavit, dill, passionfruit, and citrus, presenting a fun and tropical experience that's sure to cool you down on warm days.

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Wiggle Room (9 Avenue A)

East Village hotspot Wiggle Room is serving up expertly crafted cocktails at their two-story bar and dance venue. Sip on a Hot Lava — their tropical take on a spicy margarita, with hot honey, toasted sesame, and pineapple — and head to the dance floor on the lower level for a night out with friends. Or, stop by for post-dinner drinks and check out the summery Slam Dunk Disco — a hot-weather take on a classic negroni bianco, made with mezcal, banana, and miso.

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Sereneco (113 Franklin St, Brooklyn)

New to the Greenpoint restaurant’s menu are a refreshing Scallop Ceviche (with red onion, red bell pepper, jalapeno, radish, cilantro, and lemon) and Chilled Watermelon Soup (with cantaloupe, cucumber, smoked olive oil, and basil). To keep you as cool as possible as you people-watch from their shaded outdoor patio, pair these with one of their new cocktails: the Supernova (dill aquavit, gin, cucumber juice, jalapeño, lemon) or A Wise Choice (gin, lychee, sage, lemon, and soda).

Keep cool!