Summer in the city

As the Big Apple begins to experience its wave of heat and tourists, there are tons of new restaurants and bars at which to enjoy yourself. Here’s a sampling of what’s available in New York City.

Restoration Hardware Rooftop Restaurant

Famous for its upscale furniture, Restoration Hardware has introduced a rooftop restaurant at its Meatpacking location (9 Ninth Ave.). This newly formed collaboration with restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff redefines rooftop dining with a wrap-around view of the High Line, lush greenery and beautifully lit crystal chandeliers. Although the restaurant does not take reservations, don’t let that discourage you: It’s an immersive dining experience well worth waiting for.

Paul’s Cocktail Lounge

With bright floral wallpaper, extravagant pink couches, tropical paintings and graffiti, Paul’s Cocktail Lounge (2 Sixth Ave.) has become the “it” spot for many. The intimate space has a no cellphone policy and a unique mix of music. Guests in fur coats, leather jackets and hoodies all sip cocktails and dance, while waiters don floral Miami Beach-inspired uniforms and bartenders dress in white double-breasted blazers. As the New York nightlife kicks off for the summer, get to Paul’s early to avoid the crowds.

Clinton Hall Rooftop Beer Garden

As sustainability remains a popular topic, Clinton Hall Rooftop Beer Garden (247 Metropolitan Ave.) is NYC’s first and only solar-powered beer garden. The views are spectacular as guests enjoy a wide selection of beer, wines, and specialty cocktails alongside slow cooked barbeque pulled pork or flavorful sliders. Quench the summer heat in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


One of the most popular hangouts in Hong Kong and China, Helen’s has finally arrived stateside, making it easy for us to indulge in fabulous East Asian food such as beef pot stickers and pork cha siu buns. Nestled with-in the heart of the Meatpacking District (26 Ninth Ave.), Helen’s offers exotic yet ornate cocktails ranging from the Pearl of the Orient to the Bangkok Heat — all beautifully crafted and delicious. (26 Ninth Avenue.)

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