June NYC Events (06/30/21)

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 spectacular things to do.

  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:

Meet in Midtown for Hunanese

Blue Willow / 40 W. 56th St.

When this terrific Hunan restaurant opened last year just down the street from Trump Tower, the owners had trouble attracting customers because security arrangements limited access to the block. But true fans of Hunan cuisine — which can be just as spicy as Sichuan, with a broader array of sharp flavors — have a way of sniffing out talent and overcoming obstacles in their path, and Blue Willow gradually became a word-of-mouth hit, especially among Chinese Americans. Now, with the barriers gone, the restaurant draws diners looking for dishes like house-smoked Hunan bacon (thick swatches of pork belly stir-fried with cloves of garlic) and “snow red greens” (minced mustard greens riddled with pickled red chiles). —R.C.S.

Share Thai Disco Fries at a New-Wave Diner

Thai Diner / 186 Mott St.

It’s clear while sitting at Thai Diner’s packed outdoor setup on Mott and Kenmare that Nolita, a reliably bustling corner of the city that felt eerily quiet throughout the past year, is very much alive these days. At this, Ann Redding and Matt Danzer’s latest spot, they’re serving Uncle Boons (RIP) favorites, such as khao soi and crab fried rice, alongside cheeseburgers, fried-chicken sandwiches, and Thai disco fries smothered in curry sauce, which we recommend pairing with a notably strong martini while ogling the ecstatic-to-finally-be-out-and-about passersby. —R.P.S.

Gorge on Russian Spa Food

Matryoshka at Wall Street Bath & Spa 88 / 88 Fulton St.

The Russian bathhouse isn’t just about cleansing; it’s about restoring and nourishing, which is why the indoor-dining ban hit the banya so hard. You were permitted to sweat it out on Fulton Street, but you couldn’t seek rejuvenation through hot borscht and cold beer. Now, after a few rounds in a sauna set to a screaming 220 degrees, you can once again bring your body back to life in a cafeteria with other dripping-wet patrons wearing very few clothes. Consider filling up on slippery Siberian pelmeni drenched in butter, fried potatoes slicked with enough garlic to qualify as a medicinal supplement, and Georgian lamb soup that will scorch your tongue for days, which means it’s precisely the right temperature.—R.P.S.

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

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