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 spectacular things to do.
- Visit Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
- Experience a little taste of Italy at NYC’s exclusive “Brunello Week”
- Listen to enchanting music by candlelight in beautiful NYC spaces
- Show your Pride at the Pride March
- Put your baking skills to the test with Nailed It! at home bake off
- See the new Hall of Gems and Minerals at the Natural History Museum
- Immerse yourself in a dazzling, multi-sensory experience
- Visit NYC’s first-ever floating park ‘Little Island’
- Transport to Paris with this Moulin Rouge-era outdoor show in the Village
- See a concert at Bryant Park
- Grab your tickets to the new multisensory exhibit on infamous British street artist Banksy
- Swim at Time Square’s only outdoor pool
- Experience an audio immersive theatrical experience of ‘I Couldn’t Tell You Why’
- Celebrate World Bicycle Day (June 3rd)
- Hop Aboard NYC’s first-ever floating Mexican restaurant
- Get brunch with friends
- Roller skate at JFK Airport
- Do something special for dad on Father’s Day
19-40. Take in skyline views at these stunning rooftops
- Enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter at the new flagship store
- Sip on Butterbeer just like Harry and his friends
- Relax at new wellness spa on Governors Island
- Taste international fare at outdoor food markets
- Lounge at ‘The Green’ at Lincoln Center
46-60. Enjoy happy hour with friends
- Stand next to the 25-foot tall bronze sculpture taking over Rockefeller Center
- Order dumplings around the clock
- Catch Lady Liberty napping in Morningside Park
- Get your tan on at the beach!
- Read up on Juneteenth
- Hit up Coney Island’s Luna Park
- Kayak for free at Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Play arcade games at the entirely pink bubble tea shop in Queens
- Watch a movie at Astoria Park Lawn
- 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.
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:
Linger Over Chinese Fast-Casual
Milu / 333 Park Ave. S.
Quick-serve grain-bowl spots don’t typically attract bustling social scenes. Not so this Chinese-inspired rice-bowl specialist, whose customers like to gather as much as they do grab and go. On a recent weekday evening, the restaurant’s breezy curbside shed drew a practically rowdy group of bowl aficionados: young women in NYU Dental School scrubs letting off steam, two skate punks hogging four seats, and, in a sure sign of the return to normality, rival parties aggressively eyeing a table whose occupants kept looking like they were about to bolt but never did. On weekends, we hear, things get even crazier. Chalk it up to an elegant-for-fast-casual design; cozy indoor booths; a short but sweet list of wine, beer, and sake; and chef Connie Chung’s savor-worthy cooking, especially her Yunnan brisket bowl — sticky, ripply, caramelized nuggets of meat candy with perfect rice and marinated cucumbers. —R.P. & R.R.
Cross Delancey for Goat-Neck Biryani
Dhamaka / 119 Delancey St.
International destination dining took a long hiatus during the pandemic, but Chintan Pandya’s homage to the regional culinary traditions of India, which opened recently at the new Essex Market, is packed these days with mobs of gastronauts from around the city. The space inside is strung with colored lights and includes an increasingly crowded, lively bar, but if you wish to feel the full heat of the fresh, made-to-order cooking, we suggest you secure a table within the sidewalk enclosure, where there’s more space to spread out. Order a round of Brooklyn’s fine, Indian American–owned 1947 beer, then begin merrily working your way through the menu, which is filled with dishes that even the most knowledgeable food scholars from India may not have tried, like pots of Bihari-style mutton infused with garlic and crunchy-topped biryani folded with bits of chopped goat’s neck. —A.P.
Order Omakase in a Sushi Speakeasy
Sushi On Me / 71-26 Roosevelt Ave., Elmhurst
With its pink neon sign, piano for live jazz, and bamboo placemats, this subterranean spot on the border of Elmhurst and Jackson Heights feels more like an artsy friend’s basement than an austere sushi counter. The $89 15-course omakase — including Hokkaido scallops, fatty tuna, and lobes of uni one recent night, among other pristine morsels — is exactly the sort of meal one should experience in person. While the sushi is top-notch, it’s chef Atip “Palm” Tangjantuk’s ability to turn a hushed culinary ritual into what feels like a fun night at a piano bar that makes the place so special. If you’re lucky, you may even be handed a blowtorch to sear your own fish.—B.O.
Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
all 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.