The sun is out and Prospect Park’s Long Meadow is a checkerboard of picnic blankets: It’s summer in New York. In any year, this is always a most glorious time, but this year especially the city is imbued with a sense of hope and rebirth and love for our fellow New Yorkers like never before. The best way to toast the arrival of summer in and around the city? By cheers-ing with a great cocktail and making up for some lost time.Read More
20 Spots Around New York for Delicious Summer Cocktails
Cool off at these beach-adjacent bars and rooftop patios
1. Le District
Le District is the sprawling French-themed grocery, food hall, café, and multi-restaurant venue inside Brookfield Place in Manhattan’s Financial District. Take a load off running around the city and take a seat under the gorgeous flower-filled canopy at Liberty Bistro/Le Bar, right on the Hudson River with stunning water views. Complete the ambience with a Frozé Bebe made with Grey Goose, peach liqueur, lime juice, and rosé. Pair it with an heirloom tomato salad, chicken paillard, or steak frites if you’re feeling hungry.
2. A.R.T. SoHo (Arlo Roof Top)
This sun-drenched rooftop space in the heart of Soho has stylish décor, art installations, and epic views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. Bring some friends and grab one of the cushy couches before ordering snacks like chips and guacamole, prosciutto fig pizza, and jumbo shrimp with saffron aioli for dipping. Keep the summery vibes going by ordering one of their three Bellinis. There’s the Strawberry & Lemongrass Bellini, which combines Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass Vodka with strawberry puree, lemongrass simple syrup, lemon juice, and prosecco, garnished with a lemongrass stalk and strawberry heart; the Hibiscus Watermelon Bellini, made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil Vodka, hibiscus puree, watermelon syrup, lime juice, and prosecco, garnished with watermelon balls and basil; and the O.G. Bellini, which uses Grey Goose Essences Peach & Rosemary Vodka, rosemary agave syrup, peach puree, grapefruit juice, and prosecco.
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3. Industry Kitchen
Just a few feet from the water’s edge at South Street Seaport in Lower Manhattan, this restaurant seats up to 300 guests in its indoor and outdoor setting, offering unobstructed views of the picturesque Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges and the Brooklyn skyline. As you watch the boats pass by, munch on crowd favorites like wood-fired pizzas, avocado toast, hearty salads, crab cakes, and pesto pasta. Sip on carefully crafted cocktails like the Summer House (Grey Goose Original, strawberry, elderflower liqueur, lemon, and prosecco) or the Pink Lady (Grey Goose Essences Peach & Rosemary, agave, pineapple, and pomegranate liqueur).
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4. Edge NYC
Located in Hudson Yards, NYC’s newest observatory is the highest in the western hemisphere at 100 stories up. The sleek triangle protruding out over the city might be the best new spot to have a cocktail — especially if you brave walking over the glass-bottomed section. To make it all go a little smoother, order one of their signature frozen beverages featured this summer, like the Watermelon Sugar Sky. Plus, each drink will feature a pin designed by an NYC artist, rotating each month. First up in June is Views from the Edge by Dee & Ricky.
5. Fiddlesticks Pub
This lively Irish pub in the West Village has been around since 1997 and has plenty of sidewalk seating. Coming this summer, they’ll bring the beach to the city when they unveil the Grey Goose Beach at Fiddlesticks Pub — think sand, sunshine, summer jams, frozen drinks, beach chairs, and special edition exclusive cocktails like a classic Moscow Mule made with Grey Goose vodka, fresh squeezed lime juice, ginger syrup, and ginger beer or the Lady in Red, a riff on a margarita made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil.
Scarpetta’s beloved temple to Italian cuisine has only gotten better with age. And although the restaurant can be found in various cities across the globe, the flagship on Madison Avenue is still a must-visit. The sophisticated flower and plant filled outdoor set-up is especially lovely, and you can watch Madison Square Park from your table. To complement the handmade pastas, try the sparkling La Dolce Vita cocktail, made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, vermouth, and prosecco.
7. Quality Bistro
A French favorite in Midtown, Quality Bistro has lush, greenery-covered outdoor cabins and tables serving dishes like lobster toast and dover sole a la meunière. While you’re there, look out for the Quality Bistro Citron Pressé Cart, a tableside citrusy cocktail service available exclusively on the outdoor patio. Choose from Grey Goose or Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, which is then mixed tableside with sparkling lime water and finished with freshly squeezed cassis-infused lemons. If that doesn’t scream summer on the French Riviera, we don’t know what does.
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8. The Loeb Boathouse
This iconic urban oasis is still one of the best places to say cheers outside, thanks to its historic lakefront location, tasty dishes like seafood pasta and creamy burrata with asparagus, and thirst-quenching cocktails like the Grey Goose Essences Watermelon Martini and the Grey Goose Peach Essences Sunset cocktail. Enjoy the serene, leafy views and cool breezes as you relax on the patio.
This new Williamsburg spot is attracting crowds thanks to its laidback vibe, delicious Caribbean food (try out their Red Peppa Jerk Chicken and Rasta Pasta Flatbread), and island-influenced drinks. When you sit down, ask for the I Can See Clearly Now (try and not hum the song while you wait for your cocktail), made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary, muddled cucumber, lime juice, and honey, and garnished with bitters, cucumber, and rosemary. It will bring the island to you in no time.
10. Ravel Hotel
Bring summer sunshine to you via the frozen Watermelon Crush (made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, watermelon syrup, and agave) at Long Island City’s Ravel Hotel. Overlooking the East River and Roosevelt Island, this boutique hotel’s crown jewel is the Penthouse, a 9,500-square-foot indoor/outdoor rooftop restaurant and lounge with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. The restaurant’s menu features Asian-influenced dishes like rock shrimp tempura with a Thai chili sauce, Japanese karaage fried chicken, and sushi rolls.
11. Bar Marseille
This airy Rockaway Beach spot has a spacious rooftop where you can catch ocean breezes and soak up the sun. The menu celebrates the French Riviera with dishes like grilled oysters, a seafood-bursting bouillabaisse, and steelhead trout en papillote, while the cocktail list has bright thirst quenchers including the Evil Abroad, made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary, fresh lime juice, and basil simple syrup. Try it with the classic provencal moules frites, made with fennel, white wine, and anise liqueur.
Cushy white couches, towering vases, lush greenery, and generous umbrellas come together at Kyma to bring a taste of the Aegean to Long Island. Pair their addictive Kyma Chips (uber-thin tempura-fried eggplant and zucchini with tzatziki for dipping) with the Mykonos Mule (Grey Goose, Metaxa, fresh cucumber, and ginger beer) and you’ll almost feel the sand between your toes.
A modern Italian steakhouse set in an awe-inspiring 14,000-square-foot-space anchored by a horseshoe marble bar, One 10 is a Long Island hotspot worth checking out. Grab a table in the impeccably appointed outdoor tent and order a Grey Goose Watermelon Martini made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, or the Goose Fiero Spritz with Grey Goose Strawberry & Lemongrass, for a refreshing way to start your meal. Good luck deciding between the grilled branzino, Snake River Farms skirt steak, or a 45-day aged Fiorentina porterhouse, and remember to save room for the hazelnut affogato or nutella-stuffed doughnuts.
14. Fire Island Beach House
Grab a picnic table at this white-hot summer haven by the beach and order a round of classic summer cocktails like strawberry daiquiris, piña coladas, frozen margaritas, or a new twist on a summer must-have, the Grey Goose Watermelon & Basil Essences Spritz. And when hunger calls, the menu is filled with seafood-focused snacks like lobster rolls, conch fritters, and fish tacos to dig into.
15. Danford's Hotel & Marina
Surrounded by the serene waters of the Long Island Sound, Danford’s is a charming boutique hotel in the heart of Port Jefferson. Dine outside to the sounds of lapping waves at Wave Seafood and Steak as you eat summer classics like soft shell crab, cold or warm lobster rolls, and diver sea scallops over warm potato salad. Alongside your meal, consider a cocktail like the Georgia Peach, which features Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary or the Strawberry Fields Forever, made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass.
16. 75 Main
This Southampton eatery on Main Street is known for its buzzy atmosphere. Order the Ella’s Martini made with Grey Goose Essences Watermelon & Basil, muddled watermelon, orange liqueur and fresh lime juice at one of the white-clothed sidewalk tables and get ready to people-watch. And award-winning Chef Mark Militello serves up well-executed beachside and Italian classics like linguine and clams, seared Long Island duck breast with kumquat jam, and a beef and Beyond Meat burger for when you get hungry.
17. Southampton Social Club
This fun Hamptons social club is the place to be in summertime. Sip on drinks like the Grey Goose Peach Mule with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary, ginger liqueur, fresh lime juice, and ginger beer in the lush backyard. Dishes like crab cakes, PEI mussels, and diver scallops with tomato saffron risotto, asparagus, and truffled pesto will satisfy your hunger pangs. Get a bite of Brooklyn out east for dessert with a slice of Junior’s Cheesecake.
18. Claudio's on Main
This historic waterfront restaurant in Greenport on Long Island’s North Fork has been serving customers since 1870, and is open for the 2021 season. Tuck into some classic dishes like the lobster roll, baked clams, and North Fork Oysters and call for the Beach Strawberry Patch made with Grey Goose Essences Strawberry & Lemongrass, Prosecco, and ginger simple syrup, to evoke summer in all its glory.
19. The Surf Lodge
Montauk’s hottest hotel/venue is preparing for a busy summer of surf, seafood, community, and cocktails — and hopefully live music as well (the property is known for its free summer concerts in pre-pandemic times but has yet to announce if there will be shows this year). You can order drinks at three chic and airy outdoor spots on property — the Deck, the Restaurant, and the Beach Club — so you’re never too far from a tasty craft beverage. This summer, try the Peaches cocktail which combines Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary, Merlet crème de peche, vanilla syrup, peach bitters and citric solution.
20. The Halyard Restaurant at Sound View Greenport
Enjoy spectacular sunsets as you sip on the ultimate summer drink at this waterfront restaurant on Long Island’s North Fork. The Garden Party — made with Grey Goose Essences White Peach & Rosemary — can’t help but make you feel sunshine, sand, and ocean breezes. Located at the Sound View hotel, which has a seasonal outdoor pool and a private beach, Halyard offers incredible seafood, American classic cuisine, and a long beverage list to choose from, including local wine selections.