While our friends in other regions may not understand the phenomenon, we 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 1 p.m. 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 we’ve put together this list of things to do on summer Fridays – all of which obviously involve food and cocktails.
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. Condé Nast Traveler said it best, “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 most New Yorkers on a summer Friday with a dozen oysters attempting to catch some rays.
How about an Island escape on a summer Friday? Hop on the ferry and make your way to Governor’s Island to visit Island Oyster. Enjoy delicious oysters, cocktails, and take in sweeping views of Manhattan. After all, the best way to see the city is to physically leave it.
Island Oyster, 146 Carder Rd, Brooklyn, NY
Magic Hour Rooftop
Magic Hour at the Moxy Times Square opens up at 2 p.m. every Friday so you can start the weekend off right. Specialty cocktails include the giant oversized “pick your poison” to be shared with friends. The urban amusement park is equipped with carousel seating, an oversized topiary garden, and miniature putt-putt featuring life-sized animals. Read about our brunch experience here.
Sir Henri Penthouse Rooftop
If you’re looking for swanky digs, look no further than Sir Henri Penthouse Rooftop. The penthouse is the perfect hideaway for drinks. Enjoy drinks on the balcony or in the lounge. In honor of Summer Friday, they’re extending their happy hour specials from 2 PM – 7 PM! Sip and savor the flavors of the season with Strawberry Frozé and classic Piña Coladas available at half price during happy hour. Don’t forget to try all of the dips.
Sir Henri Penthouse Rooftop, 37 W 24th St., New York, NY (212) 243-0800
Social Drink & Food
Head to the 4th floor at Yotel for chill vibes. The green turf is open and inviting as it can be. Grab a seat under the sun and lose track of time. Social Drink & Food offers games and has an expansive menu. Stay past sunset and watch the space light up.
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 the grade A people watching and guaranteed giggles out on the Hudson River.