While our friends in other regions may not understand the phenomenon, us New Yorkers are accustomed to and cherish our Summer Fridays. We can’t fathom how other cities haven’t hopped on board. But most of all, we love the feeling of clicking shut down on our work computer at 1pm and storming out the door every single Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
If you’re like most of us, you can’t afford to escape the city every weekend. That’s precisely why The Bitches have put together this list of things to do on Summer Fridays– all of which obviously involve food and rosé.
Harvey High Tea
Harvey, the stylish New American bistro in The Williamsburg Hotel, is the only restaurant in Brooklyn that offers a High Tea service (The Brooklyn Tea). It’s a posh (and affordable) alternative to the typical frat boy brunch. Harvey’s High Tea is an interesting fusion of traditional British High Tea mixed with Brooklyn flare. For $45 per person, guests can create their own three-tiered offering of High Tea bites, along with a specialty tea of their choice and—if they’re feeling extra fancy—a petite bottle of champagne for an additional $15 per person. All bread, pastries and baked goods are also made with freshly milled ancient grains (milled in house at the restaurant’s warehouse kitchen in Bushwick, Brooklyn Bread Lab), so in other words, don’t be afraid to dig in! Served Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Epistrophy’s Sidewalk Patio
Escape the chaos of NYC at Epistrophy, the darling restaurant and cafe located in the heart of Nolita at 200 Mott Street. New Yorkers can cheers to leaving the office early with one of the best happy hours in Manhattan’s prettiest neighborhoods: from 4-7pm, sip on select beer ($5), wine ($6) and cocktails ($9) like the refreshing Mott Mule while enjoying the rustic Italian cuisine and people-watching from the sidewalk patio. Read our recent brunch review of the adorable space.
NYC’s First Sake Brewery
Got a few extra hours in your Friday afternoon? Do some of the NYC exploring you’re always saying you’re going to do, and hop on a Brooklyn-bound D, N, or R train to head to Brooklyn Kura, New York’s first sake brewery and taproom, headquartered on the waterfront in the heart of Industry City in Sunset Park. This season, the tap room debuted outdoor seating, so sake lovers and newcomers alike can enjoy Brooklyn Kura’s unique American craft sake and small bites while soaking up the sunshine. Open Fridays from 5-9pm.
Picnic with Poulet Sans Tête
Poulet Sans Tête — the new, rotisserie chicken takeaway and delivery service from West Village charmer, Left Bank — is an ideal summer picnic staple for a leisurely Friday late afternoon lunch in Hudson River Park.
Available daily from 1:00pm – 9:30pm, Poulet Sans Tête (which translates to chicken without a head) launched this spring due to the popularity of the restaurant’s signature roast chicken, perfected by chef Laurence Edelman. With menu items priced between $5 and $21 ranging from a full rotisserie chicken with all of the accoutrements to a refined Chicken Banh Mi sandwich, you can enjoy an array of takes on Left Bank’s acclaimed roast chicken via pick-up (at Left Bank, 117 Perry Street) or delivery (on the Poulet Sans Tête website).
Swing by after work on your next summer Friday, pick-up your delicious French-inspired meal, grab a bottle of wine, and end your afternoon stroll at a nearby park – the perfect summer Friday that will make all of your Instagram followers très jaloux.
Sip on the Purple Haze on the outdoor patio at Roberta’s, available for this summer season only. A frozen drink made with Kombrewcha Berry Hibiscus, tequila, fresh pineapple and lime, it’s the ideal, Instagrammable summer refresher (sorry, frosé).
New Soft Serve & Scoop Shops from Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
This summer, Van Leeuwen will debut soft serve exclusively at their Williamsburg shop (204 Wythe Ave) in a rotating array of flavors. With two offerings at a time, (with the option of twist), highlights will include Turmeric Ginger & Spiced Vanilla; Caramel & Chocolate, and more — the perfect post-work treat! Photo here.
In addition to soft serve, Van Leeuwen is also celebrating their 10th Anniversary this summer by launching five new scoop shops across NYC (Nolita, Upper West Side, SoHo, Upper East Side, and Prospect Heights), each with its own location-specific flavor inspired by the surrounding neighborhood. Get your ice cream fix in no matter your neighborhood!
City Vineyard is a go-to happy hour spot for so many of us Downtown office dwellers, so why not head to the elevated rooftop on summer Fridays. Some of NYC’s best looking young professionals can be seen sipping lots and lots of wine here on almost any afternoon. There’s no better way to drink than watching the gorgeous sunset over the skyline across the Hudson River.
Just down Hudson River Park from City Vineyard is Grand Banks on Pier 25. The quaint sailboat drifts into place every summer in NYC and serves up delicious lobster rolls and large goblets of rosé. Take some advice from Condé Nast Traveler who said “Grand Banks is as close to being on vacation as any native New Yorker can possibly feel”. If we’re being honest, this is probably where you’ll find me every summer Friday with a dozen oysters attempting to catch some rays.
The Frying Pan
What I like to call Grand Banks more rowdy cousin, The Frying Pan, is another great docked boat outpost just up the Hudson. Frat bros tend to rule this locale, but if you’re looking for a good time it’s definitely the spot for you. Indulge on their delicious watermelon rosé ($14) or go all in with the gals and enjoy a sangria pitcher ($37). You won’t be disappointed with this grade A people watching and guaranteed giggles out on the Hudson River.
Trademark Taste + Grind
For a cool escape, Trademark Taste + Grind added a Rosé Sangria to their Summer menu. Combining its house blend rosé with grapefruit, lemon and citron, the cocktail is served with fresh strawberries and lemon wheels in a stemmed glass. Regularly available for $12, the Sangria is just $10 from 5-7pm every Wednesday-Friday at the newly debuted Trademark Aperitif Cafe in the front coffee shop.
Speaking of rosé, Refinery, the Manhattan rooftop with the Empire State Building view, pays homage to the popular wine with their new Rosé All Day menu. Offering the Rooftop Spritz ($16, Wölffer Rosé Cider, gin, thyme, grapefruit and lemon), Sangria (rosé, vodka and sweet hints of peach, orange blossom and apple) available by the glass ($16) or in a pitcher ($75), and a signature Frosé ($17). The fan favorite slushy, blended with rosé and zesty citrus, is part of the rooftop’s I Give A Sip campaign, which donates all proceeds from June to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Cheers to Summer Fridays!