The Big Chill: 9 Best Spots in NYC to Escape the Heat for the Rest of Summer

You’re sweating. 

Your hair is frizzy―don’t even try to sit on the patio.

How about you just do yourself a favor and make an escape to some of New York City's best businesses blasting their AC all summer long?

If you're looking for a good way to beat the heat for the rest of this impossibly long summer, read on. 

Astor Wines and Spirits (399 Lafayette Street)

Right now it's still got that crisp new-shop smell, and when I walked in down the steps to the shining, sleek, well-air conditioned shop floor, I think my eyes light up like a kid in a candy store. 

-Whitney R.

Eataly (200 5th Avenue & 101-125 Liberty Street)

In the heat of summer it is okay to seek refuge in the air conditioning in here and get lost in the dearth of fancy Italian foods. 

-Elaine L.

Cafe Mogador (101 St. Mark's Place) 


The ambience is amazing, we sat in the garden area (it is heated and has air conditioning). 

-Leanna C.

Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Place)


A great place to lounge around in cool air conditioning is definitely by the palm trees. 

-Carmen M.

Astoria Craft (18-01 26th Road - Queens)


On a very humid Saturday when a sister and I found ourselves looking for a heat reprieve, we were very happy to find the well air conditioned pub. 

-Amy T.

Bierhaus NYC (712 3rd Avenue)


Bierhaus is a huge space, very well air-conditioned (a huge plus for me), and is very accommodating to big groups of 10-15 people. 

-Ina L.

Magnum (134 Prince Street)


Eat your custom ice cream bar in this hip, cozy, air conditioned setting and relax on the sofa! 

-Alberto C.

Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue)


The AC seemed to be set to "freeze off nipples and nuts." No lie bro, it was hella cold. 

-Brandon L.

Shake Shack (170 Flatbush Avenue - Brooklyn)

This Shake Shack location has many things going for - it's footsteps from Atlantic Terminal (i.e. also a few blocks from my apartment), they have a big air conditioned indoor space. 

-Kenny C.

Others to consider:

Gansevoort Market (353 West 14th Street)


Postmark Cafe (326 6th Street) 

New York Public Library (498 5th Avenue)