Once you’ve done the statue and shops, it’s time to get to know the real New York
— the one where people tired of being in cramped quarters celebrate
summer the universal way: with alcohol and fresh air. Here are my top
10 picks for outdoor lounges and beer gardens.
Traditional beer gardens
1. Bohemian Hall & Beergarden
29 — 19 24th Ave.
2. Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten
7 Rivington St., (near Chrystie St) New York
3. Zum Schneider
107 Ave C @ 7th Street, New York
Drinking in the wild (or as close to it as you can get in Manhattan)
4. The Roof garden at the Met (The view you’d have if you were Jackie O.)
On top of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, overlooking Central Park.
5. Boat Basin Cafe (My favorite spot)
West 79th Street & the Hudson River
6. Bar & Grill at The Central Park Boat House
East 72nd and Park Drive North
Want to hookup with a working girl or guy? These are the popular after-work spots, especially on Fridays.
7. Local West
1 Penn Plaza (34th Street, just off 8th Avenue)
8. 60 Thompson
60 Thompson St. between Spring & Broome
Pools & views at New York hotels
These are for hotel guests only, but you can’t beat them for their view or for their outdoor pools, a rarity in Manhattan.
9. The Pool Deck at The Empire Hotel
flat screen TVs and telephones so you can make all your friends
44 West 63rd Street
10. Plunge at the Hotel Gansevoort
Anyone can drink at the lounge, but it’s a separate area from the guest-only pool.
18 9th Avenue
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Samantha Chapnick is a New York writer who scours international destinations looking for what hasn’t been found.