(7/13-7/19) New York City has entered Phase 3 of its cautious reopening and there's more to do in NYC than there's been since the mid-March lockdown. This detailed map of open restaurants shows over 8,200 venues now serving; included in that number are 4,400 places where you can eat outside. Fifty-seven streets have been closed to traffic and opened to expanded outdoor dining plans, including Arthur Avenue in the Bronx; Doyers Street in Chinatown, East 101st Street in Harlem, 46th Street along Midtown East and West, stretches of the Meatpacking District, Broadway in the Flatiron, Orchard and Broome Sts., on the Lower East Side, and Mulberry Street and Hester Street in Little Italy; Brooklyn will be welcoming along Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, in addition to stretches of Red Hook and Dumbo; Bell Boulevard and 41st Avenue in Bayside will represent Queens and New Dorp Lane for Staten Island. Read on for more reopenings and other things to do in NYC this weekend!
ROOFTOP POP-UP ABOARD SPIRIT CRUISES
Credit: Hornblower Cruises and Events.
You can enjoy the city skyline from entry points in both New York City and New Jersey with Spirit Cruises. A regular program of outdoor dining experiences cane be found aboard the Spirit of New Jersey, which has a fabulous rooftop experience, sailing from its home port of Lincoln Harbor Marina in Weehawken. Delicious cuisine and a full array of drinks are equalled only by unbeatable views of the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and Statue of Liberty. Prices start at $69 for lunch and $120 for dinner and and include a multi-course menu of freshly prepared entrees, salads, and desserts. Across the Hudson in Manhattan, come out this Friday, July 17th for an outdoor pop-up experience onboard at the South Street Seaport; a similar scene can be found at Chelsea Piers on Saturday, July 18th. There will be table-side bar service and light bites available for purchase, with free entry (first-come first-served in accordance with current capacity limits). Vessels offer expansive decks, providing plentiful space and fresh air, ensuring more than enough room on board for everyone to stay safely apart. For more on SafeCruise by Hornblower's industry-defining standards for health, safety, and security, see above or check in at hornblower.com/safecruise. Spirit of New York: Chelsea Piers (Pier 61) and the South Street Seaport (Pier 15), 212-727-2789; Spirit of New Jersey: Lincoln Harbor, 201-333-8600; spiritcruises.com
Le Privé on 10th Avenue in the Theater District offers “French dining, redefined.” Come to this lively new bistro for escargots, beignets, salad Nicoise, and a range of classic French dishes (with stellar French vintages to match). After being on pause since March, the boîte is back next week just in time for Bastille Day. Come out Tuesday, July 14th to celebrate France's national day and Le Privé's reopening. Dining will be outdoors, reservations are required. lepriveny.com
The French Institute Alliance Française is taking its annual Bastille Day celebration online this year. Through Tuesday, July 14th, head to Zoom and Facebook for a four-day virtual fête that comes complete with virtual performances, film screenings, rosé and Champagne tastings, cooking events, kids activities, dance parties, and much more. fiaf.org/event_tag/2020-bastille-day
TAX DAY SPECIALS
Instead of the traditional April 15th IRS deadline, Tax Day got bumped until Wednesday, July 15th this year. Celebrate getting your return in on time (or filing for an extension) with these NYC tax day specials:
Governors Island, a short ferry ride from Brooklyn or downtown Manhattan, is New York’s summer playground. A former strategic battle site in the Revolutionary War, the island now hosts visitors during the warm months for outdoor activities. After several weeks of coronavirus shut down, the island is back open for visitors as of Wednesday, July 15th. Hours will be 10am-6pm on the weekdays, extended to 7pm on the weekends. Manhattan ferries run daily from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South St. There will be Brooklyn access as well, leaving from Atlantic Basin in Red Hook, although they'll be available on the weekends only. (A third way of travel will be a dedicated weekend shuttle from Wall Street/Pier 11 that will run roughly every 30 minutes beginning July 18, ferry.nyc.) Social distancing should be observed on all ferries and the island, with face coverings required for travel. govisland.org
The west side's beloved elevated park, The High Line, will reopen on Thursday, July 16th. To accommodate our new normal, capacity at the park will be greatly reduced. Free timed-entry tickets are opened every two weeks on Mondays. A limited number of walk-up passes will also be available at the entrance, but advance planning is recommended. Traffic will only flow in one direction, starting at Gansevoort Street. All visitors must enter at the southern end of the High Line, at Gansevoort Street and Washington Street, and move northwards. In this first reopening phase, the High Line will be open only to 23rd Street. City-wide safety protocols will also apply here, including the requirement of wearing a mask or face covering and maintaining 6-foot social distancing. thehighline.org
Benjamin Prime combines modern elegance with traditional steakhouse classics, while also showcasing signature standouts from highly regarded sister property Benjamin Steakhouse. After perfecting both steakhouse and seafood concepts in their arsenal, Benjamin Restaurant Group is highlighting the grill at Prime, serving up USDA prime dry aged steaks and succulent seafood in unique ways. As of Wednesday, July 8th they are open again for outdoor dining! Hours are 11:30am-10pm on the weeknights and 4-10pm on Saturdays. Don't miss the return of the Power Lunch Menu, weekdays from 11:30am-4pm; Just $39 covers an appetizer like crab cake or lobster bisque, followed by entrees like a USDA Prime junior New York sirloin, and desserts like a classic New York cheesecake.
After rave reviews for his namesake Tribeca restaurant, Chef Marc Forgione has made a name in the world of steakhouses as well. At American Cut, old New York elegance is matched with the chef’s 21st century sensibilities. New this week, American Cut's Midtown East location is once again available for delivery and pick-up. Many signature dishes can be found, in addition to bottled cocktails (3 for $21) and bottles of wines at up to half off retail prices. The tantalizing menu items include the house tomahawk Creekstone Farms dry-aged steak (above), an OG Caesar salad, striped bass, the house burger, and a chili lobster starter. bbot.menu/americancutdeliveryorpickup
Havana Central’s all-day menu boasts the best in Cuban cooking. Dig into classic dishes like Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, jerk-seasoned chicken wings, "ropa vieja" beef stew, mango salmon, and vegetarian paella. You can once again enjoy it in person, as outdoor dining comes to Times Square, daily noon to 9pm (tables available on a first-come, first-served basis). You can also dive into this great cuisine with pick up and contactless delivery. Cuban family meals, grocery boxes (fruit, chicken, and vegetables, order by 5pm Wednesday for pickup after 1pm on Friday), and Caribbean cocktails to go are all also available—12oz and 32oz mojitos are highlights (tropical flavors optional). Note that Havana Central has expanded its delivery zone: covering 16th to 79th Sts., both east side and west. havanacentral.alohaorderonline.com
Although the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island remain temporarily closed, Statue Cruises is once again out and about in New York Harbor. Sixty-minute tours, complete with history and stunning views, can now be booked, with a focus on safety. Tours run four times daily out of the Battery Park departure point in Lower Manhattan at 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, and 2:30pm. These tours will continue until Liberty Island and Ellis Island reopen (Statue Cruises is the exclusive provider of ferry service for the National Park Service to the two landmarks). Tickets are $26/adult, $19/seniors, $14/child and free for children three years and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance (strongly encouraged) from the Statue Cruises website or at Gangway 5 in Battery Park. statuecruises.com
Oasis Day Spa, with locations in New York City and Westchester County, is a national award-winning day spa that combines peaceful, beautiful environments with a superior, friendly, highly trained staff. They're back open again as of Monday, July 6th. The options offered will include massage, waxing, and hydro services. oasisdayspanyc.com
Outdoor live shows and open mics are back on at favorite Astoria performance venue Q.E.D. Enjoy it all safely and socially distant in the back yard, complete with frozen margaritas and frosé to stay or to go. Hours Friday 5-10pm, Saturday noon-10pm, and Sunday noon-5pm. qedastoria.com
PIANO IN BRYANT PARK
One of Bryant Park’s most popular programs, “Piano in Bryant Park,” is back again. Audiences are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing while seated in the park’s iconic moveable bistro chairs. On July 13, 14, and 16 enjoy the sounds of Daryl Sherman. Piano in Bryant Park, which showcases the finest ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists, takes place Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:30pm through August. bryantpark.org/programs/piano
The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas FREE nightly.
The New York Public Library provides access to more than 300,000 FREE e-books and e-audio books.
The New York City Ballet presents a spring digital season.
Virtual programming will keep you connected to the York Theatre Company.
One World Observatory has made One World Explorer, the attraction's Digital Skyline Guide, available for remote watching. Virtual helicopter tours of the city's most iconic sites are available now.
The Top of the Rock launches a brief virtual tour on YouTube.
Discover the best of New York, from hidden gems to iconic landmarks, through The New York Landmarks Conservancy's “Tourist in your own Town” Video Series.
Chorus (getchorus.co) is a new matchmaking app where friends swipe for friends. The goal? To make dating human again by providing people authentic ways to meet. The next virtual event is Tuesday, July 14th, at 7pm. The event is completely free, all you have to do is download the app to RSVP and join.
ROSÉ FOR DELIVERY
If you're in New York City or Westchester, you can get some rosé IRL to enjoy from home from the local experts, Rosé Mansion. You can get 6-packs and 12-packs of wine, along with some of Rosé Mansion's infamous swag (heart-shaped shades, anyone?), delivered right to your doorstep. Order the packs of wine you want online. You can choose from sweet rosé, dry rosé, sparkling wines, or a magical mystery box—all among the most popular at Rosé Mansion. You can find the delivery schedule and all the details on the Rosé Mansion website. 100% of the money from this sale goes towards supporting team members and reopening Rosé Mansion. Most of the wines are produced by small businesses, so you’ll be supporting them too.
You can take a virtual tour of the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the Rubin Museum of Art. (You can find two hours of meditative chanting as well, if you're searching out some respite.)
VIRTUAL TALKS, LECTURES, AND EVENTS
Thought Gallery has hundreds of livestream talks, lectures, performances, and more. Check out sessions with celebs, live concerts, and opportunities to learn the latest on everything from science to philosophy to social justice.
VIRTUAL ESCAPE ROOM
Missing escape room adventures? NYC fave The Escape Game has some great play-at-home editions including Unlocked: The Heist—Vol. 1: Chasing Hahn, which includes all the pieces of the original mission kit, ready for play in quarantine. They've also just launched a new series, The Escape Game Remote Adventures. These are escape games you play with your friends, family, and co-workers on Zoom from anywhere in the world. Players progress through the room using an online clue bank, a live Game Guide, and a 360-degree view of the room. theescapegame.com/remote-adventures
GREAT NYC MEALS ARE WAITING!
Among the top steakhouses in the city, Benjamin Steakhouse serves its guests with class and plenty of taste. Extraordinary sirloins, ribeyes, and filets are dry-aged by the steakhouse and served with sides like crab legs and bleu cheese-topped home fries, as well as Benjamin’s own steak sauce. Although dining rooms are closed, their full menu is available for pick-up at Benjamin Steakhouse New York City and Westchester locations. Revised hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 8pm. They are offering special deals on packaged meats to cook at home! Look for a very appetizing $5 a burger patty, $14 for a filet mignon, $9.95 per piece for USDA prime rack of lamb, and $20 a pound for cuts of meat that include Porterhouse and bone-in New York Strip. Packaged meats are available for door-to-door delivery in the Hamptons all summer—with free shipping for all orders over $299! benjaminsteakhouse.com
Morton's The Steakhouse in midtown is open daily from noon until 8pm for pick-up. Celebrate the season with a special "Summer Menu," $49 per person, available for take out or delivery. Choose a starter from Caesar salad, summer tomato bisque, or prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella, followed by entrees that include grilled jumbo shrimp and scallop Cobb salad, grilled salmon fillets, filet mignon with loaded mashed potatoes, and a 16 oz. double bone pork chop with apricot and horseradish chutney. Sides include creamed spinach, summer sweet corn, broccoli florets, or sour cream mashed potatoes. There's even a choice of dessert! Think summer berry trifle, double chocolate mousse, or Key lime pie. If you're celebrating a grad, grill packages ready for cooking at home are also available, with specially priced bubbly pairings. (You can also ask for Morton's full a la carte delivery menu.) Grubhub link.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse New York reflects the energy, vibrancy, and romanticism of the city. And once again you can experience it yourself in person! Del Frisco's midtown patio is now open and serving customers. Steak is only the beginning on a modern menu, which you can check out here. (In addition, you can get this elevated steakhouse experience with to go options. Curbside pickup brings 10% off all to-go orders, and half off of all bottles—up to $400 vintages. In addition to the midtown location you can find this special at Del Frisco's Grille in midtown and downtown.) delfriscos.com
It's getting harder and harder to find Chinese food for delivery, let alone some of the best Szechuan cooking in New York City. Ding Chinese Restaurant in Midtown West is serving up authentic bites, including house specials like a spicy Chef's Tofu, shredded beef, dan dan noodles, sauteed string beans, soups, three-pepper chicken, and dozens more fresh, flavorful dishes. dingszechuanrestaurant.com
La Masseria brings the Italian countryside to Manhattan, the name itself referring to the key structure on the farms in the Puglia region of Italy. Although for now you can't enjoy the restaurant's terrific atmosphere, you can access the great, authentic cooking—an extensive menu serves up house favorites. Think fettuccine with meat sauce, eggplant parm, cavetelli with shrimp, veal scaloppini, and many more. If you've got a crew to feed, there's also a "cena per famiglie" menu, with food enough for six and temptations like grilled salmon, rigatoni, penne with bacon, radicchio, and smoked mozzarella, and chicken parm. Save room for desserts like homemade tiramisu, flourless chocolate almond cake, or vanilla cheesecake. They're also serving drinks to go, so add a beer, cocktail, or glass of wine to your order. NEW! Outdoor dining is now back, so snag a seat on their lovely sidewalk patio and enjoy the in-person experience. lamasserianyc.com
La Masseria dei Vini brings the Italian countryside to Manhattan, combining traditional and modern approaches without one overpowering the other. Although for now you can't enjoy the restaurant's terrific atmosphere, you can access the great, authentic cooking. The Midtown West favorite will be available for pick up and delivery. House specialties fill the menu: think rice balls, eggplant parm, baked breaded calamari, homemade fresh spaghetti, orecchiette with sausage and broccoli, lasagna, gnocchi, and homemade ravioli stuffed with veal in a mixed wild mushrooms sauce. NEW! Patio now open for outdoor dining! masseriadeivini.com
You can still get great fresh seafood delivered in NYC. Aqua Best Seafood Market delivers the same high-quality product used by top NYC chefs at restaurants like Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, and Del Posto. A great network and supply chain keeps the fish fresh and the prices affordable. Order online at aquabestnyc.com for the best in fresh lobster, salmon, Alaskan king crab legs, tuna, and much more. Delivered to your doorstep or call ahead and pick up in-store on the Lower East Side; nationwide one-day shipping (just a $10 delivery fee on all local orders in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens). 276 Grand St., open 9am-5pm, aquabestnyc.com
Celebrity chef David Burke has reopened his Upper East Side townhouse restaurant with a 2-course prix fixe takeout and delivery via Caviar and Grubhub/Seamless. New specials from David Burke Tavern bring together a choice of one appetizer and one main for $39; sides and desserts are available a la carte. Temptations to start include an elevated Caesar salad, K-town-style wings & rings, roasted asparagus, and burrata with a marinated tomato salad. Follow up with possibilities like the skirt steak and crispy fingerling potatoes, cacciatore-style chicken, the DB Tavern burger and fries, ginger salmon, lobster roll, and cavatelli with short rib and truffle cream. Kids have their own $12 menu with choices of buttered pasta, chicken fingers and fries, or mac 'n' cheese. Cocktail kits and special pricing on their wine bottles! davidburketavern.com
New in Hell's Kitchen, Casa del Toro serves up authentic Mexican food and drink. After closing up shop while New York was on pause, the bar and restaurant came charging back on Sunday, June 14th for take-out. Now that we're in Phase 2, you can dine here IRL: there is sidewalk seating outside as well as a backyard patio. Enjoy a taco menu with your choice of shrimp, chicken, or beef, complemented by moderately priced bottles of wine. For to-go customers, don't miss the selection of cocktails ready for take out, in either 12oz or 32oz sizes. Take your pick from margaritas, red and white sangrias, rum punch, mimosas, and aperol spritzes. casadeltorony.com
Even with the city on pause, Nerai is still bringing Greece to Midtown East. Experience the fresh flavors of the Aegean Sea for delivery and pick up with popular items like Maine lobster with Metaxa bisque and house-made squid ink linguini, lamb chops, Cretan meatballs, spicy feta, saffron orzotto with octopus, shrimp, and mussels, and shrimp Santorini linguini. Available weekdays from noon-9pm, Saturdays 5-9pm, and Sundays from 2-8pm (full menu here). nerainyc.com
If you're feeling more like Italian than Greek, Nerai's sibling Segreta Cucina Italiana brings in a Rome-trained chef for some red sauce favorites. Think meatballs, Sicilian octopus, caprese salads, wild mushroom truffle ravioli, whole grilled branzino, chicken parm, and cauliflower Milanese. Full menu here. segretanyc.com
For authentic tastes of Spain, New York turns to Socarrat, which takes its name from the flavorful crusty rice at the bottom of a pan of paella. During the coronavirus pause, two of Socarrat's locations remain open for delivery and pick up: Midtown East and Chelsea. A special $49 Dinner for two menu includes paella, two sides, and churros to share. You can also opt for a la carte, with tapas, sandwiches, salads, mains, and five different takes on the house's famed paella. Both locations are open from noon to 9pm daily. socarratnyc.com/pick-up-delivery
Since 1981, Linhart Dentistry has been taking care of New York City. As of June 1st, they are back open to treat patients. Among the new safety measures will be three separate, sanitized waiting areas, increased spacing between appointments, pre-screening of patients, in-office testing, medical-grade air purifiers, daily deep cleanings, and staff in PPE.
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