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This Week in NYC: June 11– 17

We can safely say it finally feels like summer in the city. Ditch the rain jacket for sun dresses and sandals this week. We’ve gathered some fun and festive events to explore. Don’t forget to pick up something special for dad this Father’s Day!


Mondays don’t have to be drag. Reward yourself for getting through the work day with cocktails at Mother of Pearl.  The kitschy bar serves serious tropical vibes and innovative tiki cocktails paired with plant-based Polynesian plates. We recommend the Shark Eye and Sugar Cane Magik for an Insta-worthy experience. 95 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009


Sip on a summer spritz at Dante in the West Village. The Italian bar is hosting a pop-up on June 12th and 13th to welcome Tommaso Cecca, head bartender of Milan’s Camparino aperitivo bar. Cecca’s menu might be heavy on bitters but there’s plenty of sweet aperitifs. An array of spritz’s will be available including the return of its Sgroppino Spritz ($14; lemon and basil sorbetto topped with Prosecco) alongside new cocktails such as the Summer 2018 ($14; gin, Luxardo bitter bianco, fresh watermelon, orange citrate, and Moscato d’Asti). 79-81 Macdougal Street, New York, NY 10012


Get dad something truly special this year.  Josh Cellars Wine is partnering with mobile gift-giving app, Giftagram, to host the father of all pop up shops in Grand Central Terminal, dedicated entirely to thoughtful, last-minute gifts for Father’s Day. The pop up will be open from June 13th-15th from noon to 8:00 PM in Vanderbilt Hall.  Shoppers can browse specially curated gift boxes and products from Crosley Radio, Native Union, This is Ground, RBT and more while sampling wine. Visitors can expect an immersive experience, where you can create and mail custom “haikus of gratitude”. Bottles of wine purchased at the shop can receive free engravings with personalized messages for dad. 100% of the proceeds from the wine sale will be donated to the Firemen’s Association of NY. 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017


Hot new restaurants and record number of sakes for sampling makes this year’s Joy of Sake the biggest one yet to hit NYC. Highlights include a record 478 sakes, 19 top restaurants from around the city and a showcase for U.S. sakes including newcomer Brooklyn Kura. Guests will be able to try 478 premium sakes. New this year is the nama sake pour bar with tastings of American sakes including new local brewery Brooklyn Kura along with Boston’s Dovetail Sake and Moto-I from Minneapolis all pouring chilled nama (unpasteurized) sakes. New restaurant participants include Little Tong Noodle Shop, Bessou, Chelsea’s Naoki, Sushi Seki and Morimoto, along with returnees such as Sushi Nakazawa, Ivan Ramen, Momofuku, Sakagura and 15 East and more.  125 W.18th street,  New York, NY 10011


Kick off Pride at Hotel Indigo. Soak up the sun, while sippin’ on some delicious cocktails at Mr. Purple, the vibrant rooftop bar perched on the 15th floor. The breathtaking 360-degree views of downtown Manhattan will not disappoint. 180 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Make a day trip to Bungalow Bar in Rockaway Beach. The waterfront bar and restaurant, pairs front row Jamaica Bay views with a myriad of lobster options. Feast on the Lobster Boil, which includes 1 1/4 lb. lobster, mussels, clams, corn the cob, boiled potatoes, and drawn butter.  If you’re looking to treat yourself, (or have a few friends in tow) choose from one of two signature seafood towers, The Dock or The Pier featuring lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, oysters and crab. 377 Beach 92nd St, Rockaway Beach


Take dad somewhere special for brunch this Father’s Day. Make ressie at some of our favorite spots for dining alfresco in the city. We’re currently obsessed with Italienne in Flatiron. Try our Bitchtastic brunch finder to find a worthy spot to please everyone in your family.


Shruti Shah

NYC Editor & Resident Vegetarian

Shruti has a love affair with gin and spicy food. By day she's hustling in PR for leading consumer brands. When she's OOO, you can find her at Daybreaker dance parties, exploring kitschy cocktail bars and reviewing veggie-friendly brunches.

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