[tabs slidertype="simple" fx="slide"] [tab]While summer in NYC has its drawbacks, one of the undeniable perks is getting out of work early on Fridays. In case you’re not heading to a beach, we’ve rounded up the best spots to eat and drink on a Summer Friday. Because drinking alone on the couch all afternoon can take its toll on your self-worth. You’re free for a few warm and sunny days – celebrate here:
Neighborhood: West Village
Good For: Catching a cool breeze, indulging in some ridiculously delicious food and relatively cheap wine.
Details: There’s no better place to really FEEL summer in NYC – but in a good way. The walls open making it seem like outdoor dining but with some protection from the elements. Grab a few small plates and a $10 glass of wine (or $40 bottle if you’re really thirsty) and hang out until 4:30 p.m., when lunch is over. After that? Chilling by the Hudson can be a lot of fun with a nice buzz.
Address: 18 Greenwich Ave. (at 10th St.) [/tab] [tab]
Neighborhood: Financial District
Good For: Boozing outside amongst young Wall Street types.
Details: On nice Friday afternoons, the picnic tables outside of Stone Street Tavern fill up with young professionals looking for a bite and a few drinks. Positioned on the historical stone streets of downtown NYC, it’s a great place to relax and take in a part of the city most of us rarely visit.
Address: 52 Stone St. (at Pearl) [/tab] [tab]
Neighborhood: Midtown West/Chelsea/Midtown South (depending who you ask)
Good For: Being in the company of tech geniuses, taking advantage of air conditioning, people watching and seafood so good you’ll swear you were able to make it to Montauk.
Details: Some days wondering the streets of New York is equivalent to being stuck in a stuffy sauna, fumbling for the door that might lead to a cold shower. When that’s the case, the thought of “enjoying the weather” is often the last thing on your mind. Enter The John Dory Oyster Bar, there to provide solace with iced seafood, refreshing cocktails and the ever-coveted air conditioning.
Address: 1196 Broadway (at 29th St.) [/tab] [tab]
Neighborhood: Midtown West
Good For: Post-work time on the roof, cheap drinks, watching sports.
Details: Though definitely not the coolest place, it’s a fun bar at which to spend time outside above the crowded streets. Plus the drinks are cheap, there’s plenty of space for big groups and the menu is full of greasy bar food.
Address: 1 Penn Plaza (by 33rd St.) [/tab] [tab]
Neighborhood: Upper West Side/Columbus Circle
Good For: Views of Central Park, hanging out amongst bankers and lawyers, small bites by Marc Murphy and great, classic cocktails.
Details: This place started its lunch program just last year and, located in the Time Warner Center, is convenient to most midtown offices. The high-end bar food is delicious and the drink menu is off the charts. Plus you really can’t beat the views so snag a table near the windows (you can now reserve one during lunch hours if you call ahead of time) and take in Central Park without actually have to deal with, well, being in Central Park.
Address: 10 Columbus Circle (4th Floor of the Time Warner Center) [/tab] [tab]
Good For: Taking advantage of the weather, people watching and getting an afternoon buzz off of wine.
Details: Open every day at 9 a.m., this place has a fantastic wine list and a layout built for a lazy afternoon in the sun. If you’re up for people watching, sit up front near the open windows or, if you’d prefer to pretend you were able to get out of the city for the weekend, the garden in the back feels like a different world.
Address: 25 Cleveland Place (near Spring St.) [/tab] [tab]
Neighborhood: West Village
Good For: Mexican food and margaritas, pretending your south of the border, starting the weekend out with a serious fiesta.
Details: Order a few small plates to satisfy the mid-afternoon munchies and wash them down with some deliciously light and inventive margaritas. They offer the choice of outdoor drinking or indoor seating so take your pick – you can’t go wrong.
Address: 257 6th Ave. (near Bedford St.) [/tab] [tab]
Good For: A classy afternoon with a group of friends and tons of Rose wine, people watching.
Details: While this place might be past its prime, the food is still excellent and the wine list is still extensive. If you’re with a big group, grab the communal table in the bar area and order some appetizers while you watch people leave work through the open windows. Bonus: they have some awesome happy hour deals so you’ll be able to take advantage of being here without paying the normally high(ish) prices.
Address: 250 Park Ave. S. (at 20th St.) [/tab] [/tabs]