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Although the high temps aren’t there yet, we can at least say that it’s summer, right? Take advantage of your Summer Friday and drink at these NYC hot spots this week.

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Wednesday, May 31st – “Meet the Master” Tasting Series at Copper & Oak

Copper & Oak

Forget wine tastings, drink enthusiasts can now discover the world of whisk(e)y and other spirits for FREE at Copper & Oak as they restart their “Meet the Master” tasting series this week. Whether you’re a Scotch drinker, a Bourbon fan, or just want to develop an appreciation for new liquors, this series is for you. Each week, The LES bar will offer a variety of specialty brands including Whistle Pig Rye, Glengoyne, HSE Rhums and many others. These free tastings run from 6:00PM to 8:00PM, and are open to the public on a first-come first-serve basis. 157 Allen St, 212-460-5845, www.copperandoak.com, @copperandoak

Thursday, June 1st – Star Chef Pizza Collaboration Series at Eataly

Rossopomodoro, the West Village Neapolitan restaurant and pizza partner of Eataly is set to debut its Star Chef Pizza Collaboration Series in partnership with notable chefs to offer exclusive monthly pizza specialties through November. The first partnership, running through June 30th, is a collaboration with James Beard Award-winning chef, Dave Pasternack of the Italian seafood restaurant, Esca. Pasternack’s pie will be made with burrata, bottarga, lemon zest, and black Hawaiian salt and will be offered at Rossopomodoro within Eataly Flatiron and Downtown. Other participants include Dale Talde of Three Kings Restaurant Group (Talde, Atlantic Social, The Crown), Bruce Bozzi from The Palm Restaurant Group, Josh Russ Tupper from Russ & Daughters, Einat Admony of Balaboosta, Taim and Bar Bolonat and Jonathan Wu from Fung Tu. NYC locations, www.eataly.com

Thursday, June 1st – Broadway Bites

Broadway Bites

Thanks to Urbanspace – in partnership with 34th Street Partnership – the “bites” are back in Greeley Square for another summer season. From now until Friday, July 14th – 11:00AM to 9:00PM – enjoy a stellar lineup of vendors including veterans like Hai Street Kitchen, Jicama “California Street Food”, and MeltKraft, along with newcomers like Hank’s Juicy Beef, Chick’ n Cone, and The Doughnut Project. Greeley Square, Broadway, between 32nd & 33rd Sts, www.urbanspacenyc.com/broadway-bites/, @urbanspacenyc

Friday, June 2nd – #TGISF at Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime

This award-winning modern American restaurant and lounge from renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell is rolling out its 2nd annual #TGISF – “Thank Goodness It’s Summer Friday” – Happy Hour starting at 2:30PM every Friday this summer. Guests can enjoy $1 oysters, $10 sushi rolls, and $10 glasses of Veuve Clicquot. Cocktails are $10, too and include the Manhattan and “ultra-Instagram-able” Berries and Bubbles123 W. 52nd St, 212-956-1404, www.ocean-prime.com, @oceanprime_cmr

Friday, June 2nd – National Donut Day at Black Tap

Rainbow Donut Shake at Blacktap Burger

Black Tap and The Donut Project are celebrating National Donut Day with an outstanding milkshake collaboration. Indulge in the Rainbow Donut Shake – A cake batter shake with a vanilla frosted rim, rainbow sprinkles, a birthday cake donut, whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles and a cherry. The shake will be offered for one day only at all Black Tap New York locations with limited quantity. All locations, www.blacktapnyc.com, @blacktapnyc

Saturday, June 3rd – 4-Hours of Brews & Views at Jersey City Craft Brew Fest

Jersey City Craft Brew Fest is returning to Harborside’s Waterfront Property this Saturday. Guests can choose between two sessions – 12:00PM to 4:00PM, or 5:30PM to 9:30PM – to taste over 150 styles of craft beers and ciders featuring New Jersey breweries such as, Hoboken’s 902 Brewing Co. and Newark’s Ironbound Hard Cider, as well as top brews like, Sixpoint, Smuttynose and Ommegang. Food offerings by Mac Truck, Urban Lobster Shack, Nuchas, and more. Live music, games, merchandise and insta-photo ops – thanks to the epic skyline view – will be present, too. Since on-site parking is available for guests, there are even $15 tickets dedicated to “designated drivers.” Tickets are available here, $65 for general admission (use promo code thirsty at checkout for $20 off) Harborside 3 Atrium, Jersey City, www.jerseycitybeerfest.com, @JCBrewFest

Saturday, June 3rd – 10th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

The Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic returns to Liberty State Park for its 10th year. Guests are invited to enjoy an exciting afternoon of polo, picnicking, performances, and well, Veuve Clicquot champagne. The polo match will kick off at 2:00PM with Jordan Fisher, of the acclaimed Hamilton cast, singing the national anthem, and culminate in a special performance on the field by Alicia Keys. New to the experience is the introduction of Veuve Clicquot’s newest champagne offerings, Veuve Clicquot Rich and Rich Rosé, served over ice by the glass with a fresh ingredient. In addition to the existing on-site purchase limit of one bottle per person, guests can now purchase two additional glasses of the champagne of their choosing. Tickets vary from $150 for general admission to $500 for “Rosé Garden” access; both can be purchased here. Veuve Clicquot is proud to support Keep a Child Alive, in addition to Friends of Liberty State Park, the official beneficiary of the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. Liberty State Park, Jersey City, http://veuveclicquot.tumblr.com/vcpoloclassic, #VCPoloClassic

Monday, June 5th – Negroni Week at Dante

Dante

Drink for a cause during Negroni Week. Come through for $10 Negronis all week long – $1 proceeds goes to God’s Love We Deliver. 79-81 Macdougal Street, 212-982-5275, www.dante-nyc.com, @dantenewyorkcity

Tuesday, June 6th – Urbanspace Garment District

From now until Wednesday, July 19th, turn your “coffee run” into a diverse sampling of NYC’s top food vendors at another culinary pop-up from our friends at Urbanspace. Vendors include La Sonrisa, Coney Shack, Chick‘n Cone, Domo Taco, Kimchi Bowl, and more. Broadway, between 39th & 40th Sts, www.urbanspacenyc.com/urban-space-garment-district/, @urbanspacenyc

Now Open in NYC

THE GRILL

The Grill

Now open in New York City’s iconic Seagram Building is THE GRILL. An astonishing restoration of the renown Grill Room at the former Four Seasons,​ THE GRILL is the first of three restaurants to open in the landmark building by the esteemed Major Food Group. ​The space brings together art, food and people the way New York’s legendary mid-century midtown restaurants once did. Staff in Tom Ford uniforms serve elegant renditions of chophouse classics prepared by Chef Mario Carbone and classic yet obscure drinks once popular in Manhattan bars many decades ago – think martinis. The Seagram Building, 99 E. 52nd St, 212-375-9001, thegrillnewyork.com,

Miss Ada

Miss Ada

Fort Greene newcomer, Miss Ada offers modern-day Israeli cooking accented by the owner and chef, Tomer Blechman’s (Lupa, Gramercy Tavern, Cookshop) family origins in Latvia and his pro-cooking experiences in New York. Taste three different hummus masabacha options, all topped with charred ramps and shallots for a city twist. Sip the verdant Veridian cocktail – made with tequila, serrano, cucumber, lime, sugar and cilantro – in the ample backyard garden. Sling back a shot of vodka with a pickled mushroom – An ode to Tomer’s Russian roots. 184 Dekalb Ave, 917-909-1023, www.missadanyc.com, @missadanyc

Danish Beer Garden at Bornholm

Bornholm

Swing by the newly-opened beer garden at Bornholm every Friday until September 29th. The Nordic garden will feature a variety of fifteen beers, including Danish favorites TO Ǿ1 Wit is the New Black, Carlsberg Elephant and Pilsner beers, and Mikkeller Blonde Ale. Food items include homemade Medisterpølser, or Danish sausages… Danish Potato Salad, Chips & Crispy Pig Skin, and the restaurant’s popular Bornholm Burger, a thick and juicy patty of chuck, short rib and hanger steak topped with Danish remoulade sauce on a homemade brioche bun. 138 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 917-909-0850, www.bornholm.nyc, @bornholmbk

Canal Street Market’s Food Hall

Canal Street Market

Just when you thought food halls were “out,” we welcome another one – A 12,000sqft, Asian-influenced one on the SoHo/Chinatown border. The new, airy market boasts spin-offs from several already-established city favorites like Nom Wah, Ippudo, Uma Temakeria, Boba Guys, and more. It also features a rotating culinary incubator space where a temporary vendor jumps in for one month to experiment with food and create dishes inspired by the surrounding neighborhood. This month it’s Petee’s Pie Co. 265 Canal St, 646-694-1655, www.canalstreet.market, @canalstreetmarket

The Club Car at The McKittrick Hotel

The Club Car

All aboard The Club Car at The McKittrick Hotel – a limited engagement residency by former Balthazar and Minetta Tavern chefs Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr. The chefs created a special prix-fixe surf-and-turf menu, starring a grilled boneless ribeye paired with choice of succulent seafood and seasonal sides, perfect for summer. To pair with the menu, a selection of modern cocktails with a seasonal twist are offered alongside The McKittrick Hotel’s international wine, beer, and spirit list. Highlights include the new signature Sleep No More #2 – made with Smith & Cross rum, mezcal, Campari, pineapple, Amontillado, lime and walnut bitters; and the namesake Club Car Collins – made with Plymouth gin, celery, yuzu, lemongrass, soda and Peychaud’s bitters. Note: Dinner service is from Thursday through Saturday only, leading up to Labor Day. The McKittrick Hotel, 542 West 27th St, 212-564-1662, www.mckittrickhotel.com, @themckittrick

Seamore’s

Seamore's

The breezy Nolita restaurant under New York restaurateur and food personality Michael Chernow opened its second outpost in Chelsea. The seafood-centric Seamore’s landed on 8th Ave. with a special Daily Landings menu board which lists rotating, seasonal offerings from local fisheries from Montauk to Maine, and a soon-to-open rum-inspired cocktail bar below the restaurant called Fishbone. Order rum as you please – Either on its own, in flights, or off the dedicated rum cocktail list. Remember the rotating frozen rum cocktail, too. 161 8th Ave at 18th St, 212-597-9222, www.seamores.com, @seamores

The Maidstone

The Maidstone East Hampton

The Maidstone is back and more welcoming than ever with an updated, whimsical take on the traditional Americana meets Hamptons aesthetic. The reimagined hotel featuring 19 individually designed rooms, plus three cottages now offers a new seasonal and contemporary American restaurant under Chef David Standridge (Café Clover) featuring a hefty cocktail program by bartender Johnny Swet (Café Clover, JIMMY). Relax in the pond-facing sun room with a Watermelon Moscow Mule made with vodka, fresh watermelon juice and ginger beer – in hand. See you this summer at The Maidstone. 207 Main St, East Hampton, 631-324-5006, www.themaidstone.com, @themaidstonehotel

Southampton Social Club

Get social this summer. The high-profile Hamptons hot spot reopened for the season with upscale dining from award winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf, premiere nightlife, special events and the industry’s hottest DJs. In addition to many of last year’s most popular items, the new menu will feature a variety of Sushi, Lobster Tacos, Diver Scallops and Grilled 21 oz. Bone-In Ribeye. Lounge in the refurbished cabanas near the firepit and sip refreshing cocktails like the Cucumber Cooler – made with Bombay Sapphire gin, cucumber, fresh lemon, simple syrup, and mint; and the Sunburnt Goose – made with Grey Goose vodka, blood orange puree, cucumber and fresh lime. Open for dinner and late night cocktails from Wednesday through Sunday all summer long. 256 Elm St, Southampton, 631-287-1400, www.southamptonsocialclub.com

Now Closing in NYC

PUBLIC

Just three months PUBLIC announced their closing date… Sadly, that time has come. This week marks PUBLIC’s last week in operation – The doors to the 14-year-old, NYC staple restaurant will be closing this Saturday, June 3rd (Note: Last dinner service will be Friday, June 2nd; last brunch service will be Saturday, June 3nd). Pop into the Michelin-starred restaurant to indulge in their favorite dishes from Chef Brad Farmerie – Smoked Kangaroo Carpaccio, Fried Oysters in Shiso Leaves, Herby Lentil Salad, and Grilled Scallops with Sweet Chili Sauce – one last time. Reservations can be made through OpenTable. 210 Elizabeth St, 212-343-7011, www.public-nyc.com, @publicrestaurantnyc

New Menus

Vandal

After much success – opening of Beauty & Essex LA and Las Vegas, launch of new book, SHARE – Chef Chris Santos and Executive Chef Jonathan Kavourakis have evolved the menu at their splashy restaurant and lower-level lounge, Vandal. Still highly focused on the shared plates he is known for, Santos has added new items, inspired by his global travels such as the Tuna + Salmon Poké Bowl and Crispy Cauliflower Taco. These items will join cornerstone favorites like the New York Hot Pretzel Steak Tartare, Wild Mushroom Pizza and Roasted Squash Tostadas. The beverage program continues to feature cocktails which fall into three categories: Bright, Spiced, and Spirited; plus a diverse list of wines. 199 Bowery, 212-400-0199 , www.vandalnewyork.com, @vandalnewyork

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

Loopy Doopy

The pops are back! Located on the 16th story of Conrad New York, the rooftop bar – famous for its pop-tail-prosec-cles and unparalleled river views – opened its door for the season with a new menu of boozy ice pops every month for their signature cocktails. Choose a base: Rosécco or Prosecco, and flavored pop from people’s pops. Pop options include Roasted Peach Julep – made with roasted peaches, chopped mint, mint simple syrup and bourbon, and Green Fairy – made with nashi asian pears, shiso infused simple syrup and green absinthe. Cheers to summer. Conrad New York, 16th Fl, 102 North End Ave, 646-769-4250, www.conradnewyork.com/dine/loopy-doopy-rooftop-bar, @conradnewyork

 

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