Head to the Pilot on the waterfront in Brooklyn Heights with you can soak in some rays while enjoying sustainably harvested oysters or a lobster roll while sipping on a refreshing Revolución cocktail.
The Central Park Loeb Boathouse, made famous in “When Harry Met Sally,” has reopened under the direction of Legend’s Hospitality which also operates Yankee Stadium. Hot dogs, burgers and a crispy fish sandwich are counted among the offerings. You can also rent a boat.
At Ruby’s Bar and Grill in Coney Island you can hang out on the boardwalk while drinking an icy brew while noshing on fried clams and crab cakes.
At Nathan’s Famous nearby you can nosh on some Nathan’s Franks with the works, or if you are truly daring, try an order of fried frog legs which have been on the menu since the 1950s.
Have a picnic on the High Line. This year’s food options include tamales from Antojito Evelia (22nd St), Hearth on the Highline with Hudson River views (15th St), Colombian style empanadas from Palenque (15th ST), and South Asian artisanal ice cream from Malai (22nd St).
Jean Georges has just added Outdoors at the Tin Building where you can grab some drinks from the new Outdoor Bar with champagne on tap (food to be added later). It is located on the South Plaza by the entrance to the T. Café.
Try The North River Lobster Company for a quick excursion on the Hudson with stunning New York City views, while enjoying seafood platters and a full lobster dinner, featuring a 1lb lobster, corn, potatoes and slaw for $58. The one and two hour cruises are separate.
Clemente’s Maryland Crab House, just off the Belt Parkway near Rockaway, has the look and feel of a real seafood shack with dining on an outdoor deck. The menu includes beer battered soft shell crabs, jumbo fried shrimp and Surf & Turf with lobster tail and filet mignon.
Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook is the perfect spot for drinks, seafood and maybe a game of miniature golf in the backyard. Steampots with snow crab, Dungeness crab, and Maine Lobster are among the offerings.
Red Hook Lobster Pound is another summer hot spot. With lobster brought in from Maine regularly, it doesn’t get any fresher than this. Aside from a lobster boil, the restaurant offers lobster rolls four ways. Diners can also “lobersterize” it by adding 2, 3 and 4 ounces of lobster to any roll.