60 Phenomenal Things To Do This July In New York City
By Claire Leaden • Secret NYC
“Summer in New York City is filled with plenty of things to do, and it’s finally the perfect outdoor weather!
With 4th of July on the horizon and summer in full swing, July will offer plenty of opportunities to soak in the sun and hang by the water before the brutal heat of August kicks in (because like it or not, it’s coming!).
Check out glorious rooftops, cool off at beaches and pools, traipse through fields of sunflowers and lavender (ok, those are a bit outside of NYC!), and much more with our recommendations of things to do this month.”
- Catch this year’s bigger-and-better-than-ever 4th of July fireworks
2-6. Head to the beach
NYC is know for its notoriously hot and humid summers, which may be true for all over the tri-state but definitely seem worse when you’re surrounded by tons of sky-high buildings! Taking a trip to one of our lovely beaches is definitely one of the best ways to beat the heat, so check out our list of the 10 best beaches in NYC. Here’s a sneak peek:
The People’s Beach at Jacob Riis Park, Queens
Coney Island, Brooklyn
Orchard Beach, The Bronx
Rockaway Beach, Queens
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
7-11. Or take a dip in an NYC pool
NYC’s free public pools are now officially open for the season, but if you’re looking for something more high-end, there are tons of gorgeous private pools to check out too! Here are some of our favorites:
Roosevelt Island’s stunning multicolored pool
Jimmy at the James in SoHo
The Beach at Dream Downtown in Chelsea
McCarren Hotel & Pool in Brooklyn
Profundo Pool Club at the Ravel Hotel in LIC
- Camp under the stars on Governors Island
- Watch paintings swirl all around you at Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
- Grab tickets to the new multisensory exhibit on infamous British street artist Banksy
- Take in sultry tunes under the stars at NYC rooftops
- Or if you’re more into classical music, try one of these glowing concerts by candlelight
- Catch a hilarious rooftop comedy show
- Be transported to Paris with this Moulin Rouge-era outdoor show in the Village
- Immerse yourself in a dazzling, multi-sensory experience
- Plan your visit to NYC’s thrilling Money Heist experience coming this winter
- Explore NYC’s first-ever floating park ‘Little Island’
- See a concert at Bryant Park
- Hop Aboard NYC’s first-ever floating Mexican restaurant
La Barca Cantina
24-29. Take in skyline views at these stunning NYC rooftops
Nothing beats a drink in hand and a skyline in sight. Here are some of our favorite rooftops around the city:
Check out Cantina Rooftop and try the 12-lb taco!
Experience a backyard vibe at The Ready
Escape to the Hamptons right in the city at this beachy-themed bar
Dine on Eataly’s rooftop and see their seasonal decor
Admire all the floral installations at Ampia Rooftop
Sip on cocktails at Top of the Box in Brooklyn
- Catch Lady Liberty napping in Morningside Park
- Kayak for free at Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Explore this stunning lavender farm on Long Island
- Or pick summer sunflowers in New Jersey
- Ride Coney Island’s brand-new roller coaster
- Or try out the world’s longest, tallest & fastest single-rail coaster in nearby NJ
- Embrace your inner child at this giant inflatable theme park coming to Brooklyn
- Give into temptation at this extravagant cirque-burlesque mixology experience
- Experience true darkness at the dystopian immersive show Blindness
- Grab a bite at the Queens International Night Market
Queens Night Market
40-45. Cool off with NYC’s best ice cream shops
One of the best ways to beat the heat in NYC is by indulging in some delicious ice cream! Of course Mister Softee is a classic, but here are some of our other favorite spots to grab a cone:
Minus Celsius Ice Cream, Lower East Side
Mikey Likes It, Lower East Side & Harlem
Whipped Urban Dessert Lab, Lower East Side
Van Leeuwen’s, Multiple Locations
Tipsy Scoop, Kips Bay & Williamsburg
Milk & Cream Cereal Bar, Little Italy
- Take an outdoor yoga class in Bryant Park for free
47-51. Take in the views at NYC’s most stunning waterfront dining locales
The best (and coolest) place to be in the summer is on the water (Manhattan is an island, after all). From eating on historic boats with insane views of the sunset to checking out secluded seafood hotspots on NYC’s smaller surrounding islands, these are some of our favorite spots for a breezy cocktail and bites:
Grand Banks, Pier 25 in Tribeca
Watermark Bar, Pier 15 in South Street Seaport
Baylander Steel Beach, Harlem
City Vineyard, Pier 26 in Tribeca
Anable Basin, Long Island City
52-58. Catch an outdoor movie
- Enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter at the new flagship store
- Sip on Butterbeer just like Harry and his friends
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.
Some of the best things to do in summer are NYC events in July. Even after all the 4th of July events simmer down, there are still many awesome things to do for the duration of the month. After Independence Day, enjoy fantastic outdoor fun, hit up one of the city’s many rooftops and make sure to pencil in getting a tan at the best beaches in NYC while the weather is still hot, hot, hot.”
Best new restaurants in NYC
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:
Try Simone Tong’s New Menu
Silver Apricot / 20 Cornelia St.
Last summer, as restaurateurs hastily built makeshift patios, Silver Apricot partners Emmeline Zhao and Simone Tong created a space that truly translated the dining experience to the street without sacrificing a bit of elegance or refinement. (Being situated on one of the West Village’s quieter blocks didn’t hurt.) Purse hooks on the plastic dividers, lavender planted along the perimeter, and quality glass and plateware made for a setting worthy of Tong’s inventive Chinese American dishes like chile-crab rangoon dip and burnished scallion puffs. Now they are renovating the dining room in preparation for indoor service and plan to reopen June 17 with a new seasonal menu.—A.K.
Binge on Bánh MÌ
Bánh Vietnamese Shop House / 942 Amsterdam Ave.
Veteran chefs John Nguyen and Nhu Ton began peddling their Vietnamese sandwiches and crispy pork-belly salad rolls from an empty pop-up space on the upper reaches of Amsterdam Avenue last summer, and the operation was such a hit that by January they’d put down permanent roots in the neighborhood. There are five varieties of toasty bánh mìs to choose from (when in doubt, order the charcoal-grilled pork), numerous sturdy classics from Ton’s native central Vietnam (try the Frisbee-size rice-noodle delicacy called bánh dap), and a deeply flavorful beef pho. —A.P.
See How Cervo’s Spruced Itself Up
Cervo’s / 43 Canal St.
Last summer, the outdoor-dining setup at downtown Portuguese-Spanish restaurant Cervo’s was a destination almost in spite of itself. Simple wooden folding tables and chairs sprawled across an unadorned and fluorescent-lit expanse of Canal Street. Counter-service orders were called out brusquely over a loudspeaker mounted on the building’s exterior. Serviceware was disposable. You found and bussed your own table. But the Dimes Square denizens flocked nonetheless, pushing together tables laden with dark-pink Spritzes, fried-fish sandwiches, and glistening head-on prawns. It was casual, cool, and as COVID-safe as one could hope for. Now, after a winter hiatus operating as a shop, the scene returns to Cervo’s, but this time the restaurant has full-service outdoor dining on a newly built yellow-tiled patio with proper glassware, plateware, and a menu of old favorites like piri-piri chicken, mussels escabeche, and crispy shrimp heads.—A.K.
Also see Eater New York’s interactive map that highlights
all 66 restaurants that deserve your attention.