June NYC Events (06/16/21)

Pre Covid-19 we searched the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you didn’t have to.” We made it as easy as 1-2-3.
Covid has required some changes.

70 Spectacular Things To Do In New York City This June
By Justine Golata – Secret NYC • June 2, 2021

“Forget about the solstice, come June 1st New York summer has practically begun!

Though summer officially begins at the end of June, there are already plenty of warm weather activities already taking place. Not to mention, it’s Pride Month! So get ready for a fun-filled June, packed with plenty of fantastic events that will be popping up all month long.”

Here are 70 of our favorites.

  1. Visit Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
  2. Experience a little taste of Italy at NYC’s exclusive “Brunello Week”
  3. Listen to enchanting music by candlelight in beautiful NYC spaces
  4. Show your Pride at the Pride March
  5. Put your baking skills to the test with Nailed It! at home bake off
  6. See the new Hall of Gems and Minerals at the Natural History Museum
  7. Immerse yourself in a dazzling, multi-sensory experience
  8. Visit NYC’s first-ever floating park ‘Little Island’
  9. Transport to Paris with this Moulin Rouge-era outdoor show in the Village
  10. See a concert at Bryant Park
  11. Grab your tickets to the new multisensory exhibit on infamous British street artist Banksy
  12. Swim at Time Square’s only outdoor pool
  13. Experience an audio immersive theatrical experience of ‘I Couldn’t Tell You Why’
  14. Celebrate World Bicycle Day (June 3rd)
  15. Hop Aboard NYC’s first-ever floating Mexican restaurant
  16. Get brunch with friends
  17. Roller skate at JFK Airport
  18. Do something special for dad on Father’s Day

19-40. Take in skyline views at these stunning rooftops

  1. Enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter at the new flagship store
  2. Sip on Butterbeer just like Harry and his friends
  3. Relax at new wellness spa on Governors Island
  4. Taste international fare at outdoor food markets
  5. Lounge at ‘The Green’ at Lincoln Center

46-60. Enjoy happy hour with friends

  1. Stand next to the 25-foot tall bronze sculpture taking over Rockefeller Center
  2. Order dumplings around the clock
  3. Catch Lady Liberty napping in Morningside Park
  4. Get your tan on at the beach!
  5. Read up on Juneteenth
  6. Hit up Coney Island’s Luna Park
  7. Kayak for free at Brooklyn Bridge Park
  8. Play arcade games at the entirely pink bubble tea shop in Queens
  9. Watch a movie at Astoria Park Lawn
  10. Try NYC fine dining icon Eleven Madison Park’s new 100% vegan menu

Secret New York City is one of the finest online guides to things to do and see in NYC. From the best restaurants, to fascinating museums, this site will help you discover amazing new places and create some beautiful memories along the way.

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If you are looking for some of the best info on food and drink, restaurants and eating in New York City, then you want to head to New York magazine’s Grub Street.

Right now you want to check out: The Return of Restaurants

“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.”
Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Photographs by Dina Litovsky

Here are 3 more of my faves:

Find a Table Where You Couldn’t Before

Via Carota / 51 Grove St.

Pre-pandemic, Via Carota was one of those restaurants West Villagers despaired of getting into. Mainly, it was first come, first served, with a system that involved scrawling your name on a chalkboard, then waiting forever in a knot for a table. Yes, the food was fantastic, a collection of Italian classics that observed the seasons with an emphasis on vegetables. But the pandemic changed the place. Tables spilled out onto the street, neighboring offshoot Bar Pisellino reopened, and suddenly it was possible to stride up and claim a seat, especially mid-afternoon or late in the evening. And what a scene! The menu continues to evolve, but the deep-fried rabbit, voluminous insalata verde, and svizzerina (the bunless house burger) are still the ones to beat. —R.C.S.

Attack a Monster Bun on St. Marks Place

CheLi / 19 St. Marks Pl.

When the Shanghainese CheLi opened two doors down from sister restaurant Szechuan Mountain House on St. Marks Place last November, it only offered its food to go. But now the fantastically elaborate dining room is open, its bamboo-hut-like booths attracting Chinese expats and regional-Chinese-food lovers of all ages and stripes. The menu, like the mazelike décor, offers surprises at every turn, including the showstopping giant Song Dynasty steam bun. Much of the cooking is based on centuries-old recipes, but for something more contemporary, try chef Qiling Wang’s tofu-and-egg-drop soup thickened with sea urchin. —R.C.S.

Go Beyond Banchan in the East Village

Mokyo / 109 St. Marks Pl.

St. Marks Place became one of the city’s great boulevards for outdoor dining last year, especially on weekend evenings, when tables were set up on the sidewalk and skateboarders ground up and down the street. This antic scene will only heat up this summer, and there are few better places to take it in than this deceptively sophisticated little Korean tapas spot run by the talented chef Kay Hyun. Hyun offers two selections of Wagyu, which is not an ingredient commonly seen in this part of town; sticks of plantain fried like pork katsu in clouds of panko; and fat little dumplings folded with deposits of sweet-corn purée. And there are plenty of fine sakes and Korean spirits with names like Seoul Night and Golden Barley. —A.P.

Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
all 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.

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