Also, Frenchette returns with outdoor seating
Time Out No. #10 | Thu 20 August, 2020 
Rooftops with the best views of NYC
With the explosion of outdoor dining in the city this summer, there’s no shortage of spots where you can dine al fresco. But sometimes, you’re looking for a more elevated outdoor dining experience. So we've got a rundown of eight amazing rooftops that are currently open with jaw-dropping, spectacular views of the city. Stop by for a bite, a socially-distanced cocktail and an escape from street level seating.
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Run to Bed-Stuy’s just-opened For All Things Good to get a taste of their tortilla game. They’re handmade beauties. Order the Breakfast Tlayudita, a traditional Mexican dish. They top theirs with refried black beans, Oaxacan cheese and chili oil.
Try the frozen, bottled-to-go cocktails from Ramona on a steamy evening this week. Their Frozen Painkiller, with rum cream of coconut, pineapple, orange and nutmeg, is as fierce as it sounds!
To get a spa manicure, pedicure or massage done in a beautiful backyard garden, head to Lili and Cata Salon in Greenpoint. While onsite, you can reach ultimate relaxation by filling up on wine and vegan pastries
Dive into this technicolor pool
Every summer, the Manhattan Park Pool Club on Roosevelt Island goes all out in painting their expansive outdoor pool. This year is no different. Just in time for the dog days of summer the complex tapped designer Alex Proba to create the 8,500-square-foot technicolor mural . “2020 is a year like none of us has ever imagined or could have predicted,” says Proba. “We truly believe that art–and especially murals–completely transform an environment. They add life and personality and make you smile when you see them. They are an emotion for me. My wish is that this one radiates hope for a better future together." Want to check it out in person? Weekday passes to the pool cost $30 while weekend passes run $50 per person.
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Indulge in authentic indian cuisine on Angaar's outdoor patio in the UWS.
Bringing the heat to the street!
Sit back and have your meat grilled tableside at Yoon Haeundae Galbi.
Frenchette is back with outdoor seating
One of New York’s most popular French bistros is back! (And it’s already impossible to get a table.) Frenchette, one of the most lauded French bistros to open in the past few years, reopens today with outdoor dining. Chef-owners Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson’s modern take on the classic brasserie has been a hit since debuting in 2018 (our former Time Out critic Jake Cohen gave it a solid four-star review ). The Tribeca restaurant is reopening with a shortened menu with an “Everything Frites” theme where all the main dishes come with French fries. (On a side note: We just decided the rest of our year may have to have an “Everything Frites” theme.)
Climb this gorilla!
A recently announced art installation is bringing together two endangered species: Gorillas and Manhattan waterfront real estate. On August 24, artists Gillie and Marc Schattner will be unveiling this massive gorilla sculpture . The new work, titled King Nyani (Swahili for gorilla,) will be able to impressively fit two to three humans inside its hand. It's part of the artists' ongoing Love The Last series which brings depictions of endangered species to urban areas. Not sure if you’ll be able to make it there later this month? Not to worry. The sculpture will be on view for 11 months.
Your summer sorted
Just because 2020 hasn’t gone as planned (to put it lightly), doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of NYC in summer. We’ve teamed up with Stella Artois to bring you a handy guide to all the best experiences to be had: from outdoor oases with dreamy waterfront views to all the best outdoor dining spots. After months of sheltering in place, we think you deserve some sunshine, fresh air and (responsible!) fun with your friends.
Six secrets of Astoria
We named Astoria one of the 50 coolest neighborhoods in the world in 2019. It earned that title because of its laid-back vibe, beautiful melting pot identity and unique character. (Also, the food. The food was a big part of it.) As part of our Neighborhood Spotlight series, we're spilling six Astoria secrets so you can examine some lesser-known aspects of the outer borough enclave. From lesser-known institutions to hidden street art, discover your new favorite spot on the Queens waterfront.
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Uncle Boon’s, beloved modern Thai restaurant, is closing permanently.
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Parklife is now hosting awesome outdoor concerts and movie screenings.
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One last thing before we go…
Don’t forget to grab that umbrella! It’s looking like rain and thunderstorms all week.
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