9 Best Restaurants in NYC to Catch Summer Vibes This June

We're all tired of hanging out at the same place during the summer, eating the same food and seeing the same people.

It's time to switch it up and venture out to some local restaurants.

Summertime is all about getting together and grabbing the best eats during the best weather. 

No one ever asks for an indoor table while the sun is beaming through the clouds.

Below you can find some of our top picks for summer eats, some new and some old.

1. Gilligan's (310 W Broadway)

From tasty watermelon margaritas to stone oven pizza, Gilligan's is the perfect outdoor spot to usher in the warm weather.

In the mood to be an upscale New Yorker for an afternoon? Aside from its vibrant outdoor location, Gilligan's offers tasty food that might be hard to find anywhere else in NYC. 

Because Gilligan's is best for being one of the Summer's best outdoor dines, it's open everyday until September. Gilligan’s serves an all-day menu weekdays from 3 p.m. and a weekend brunch menu beginning at noon.

2. Pig Beach (480 Union St– Brooklyn)


Kick back and enjoy burgers, ribs, pulled pork, wings, and even a chickpea burger for all you veggie lovers out there. 

Pig Beach is an outdoor bar and restaurant specializing in making pork in many different ways, for all their customers (new or old) to enjoy. This outdoor getaway is only open on Friday (3:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.), Saturday (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.), and Sunday (12:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.). 

3. Smorgasburg (Multiple Locations)


Okay, we're cheating, because Smorgasburg is a food market, not a restaurant, but YOU'VE GOTTA GO.

They've got 75 food vendors to compliment different types of taste buds out there. The best thing about Smorgasburg is that it's during the weekend, so you definitely have time to go. But the worst thing about it is that since it's the weekend, it'll be packed with other foodies. 

Being that there are two different locations, each location is open on a different day. Take a ride on the L train to Williamsburg on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. You can also visit the Prospect Park location on Sundays.. 

4. Wahlburgers (1633 2nd Ave) 

Forget Wendy's 4 for 4 and indulge in delicious, hearty, and healthy comfort foods.

Eat near Coney Island's lively boardwalk or visit the Upper East Side to enjoy freshly made burgers, salads, and so much more.

Other than Wahlburgers being a great burger lover's spot, it was also featured on the A&E network for seven seasons, telling the story of owner Paul Wahlberg and his four brothers. Both locations in NYC open at 11 a.m., but the Coney Island restaurant closes at 8 p.m., while the Upper East Side location closes at 11 p.m.

5. Broadway Bites (Greeley Square)


Grab the coworker you hate the least and head over to Broadway Bites for some yummy street food during your next lunch hour.

Yes this is another food market, not a restaurant, but who cares! Food is food regardless of where or how you eat it! 

Broadway Bites opens this month and closes mid-July, but don't worry, a fall market will be set up in October. Broadway Bites features fun meals that everyone can enjoy, from sushi burritos to truffle cheesesteak.

6. Alamo Drafthouse (445 Albee Square)

Eating at a regular restaurant after awhile can get boring and repetitive, switch it up and enjoy dinner while watching a movie.

Not your regular movie theatre or your average restaurant, Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn felt the need to combine the two– they're stepping up their game even further this summer with a brunch menu.

Why should New Yorkers settle for stale popcorn and cold nachos? 

7. E.A.K. Ramen (469 6th Ave)

Even though cup o' noodles are a pretty significant part of our broke New Yorker lives, if you're in the mood for the real thing, you've gotta try out E.A.K. Ramen.

The main purpose for E.A.K branching out is to spread knowledge about the Iekei, which is another unique style of ramen. 

8. 180 Tenth (180 10th Ave)


Not in the mood to walk around at your the food market? Don't worry, Smorgasburg has come to all of you lazy New Yorkers' rescue.

180 Tenth is a new restaurant opening at the High Line Hotel by the popular market (which, like we said, does deserve it's own visit). The restaurant closed last October due to the change of weather but now it's back for the season. 

The dining areas are only outside, giving you summer vibes throughout the whole restaurant. So bring your shades and sunscreen, and get ready to chill out!

9. Seawalk (261 Dyckman St)

Always wanted to take a trip under sea and walk across the ocean? Well here's you're chance to do so right here in NYC!

Opening June 7th, Seawalk, will serve up modern seafood with a mixture of Mediterranean. Wondering what this new restaurant has to do with walking under the sea? Seawalk features an outstanding 500-gallon aquarium walkway that starts from the beginning of the restaurant and ends in the dining area. 

If not for the food, do it for the 'Gram. And don't forget to tag us!

[Feature Image Courtesy 180 Tenth] 

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