Grand Banks
     

Grand Banks

New York, New York

There are plenty of great places to eat outside in New York — but few offer the unique views of Grand Banks. This seasonal oyster bar is located on the deck of a 142-foot sailboat docked in Tribeca at Hudson River Park's Pier 25. The menu is seafood-heavy, with fresh oysters, a collection of small plates, and some terrific summer cocktails. And should you somehow tire of the views of Manhattan (unlikely), you can always head downstairs to check out the on-board museum.

Photos: Christine N.
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The Thing
     

The Thing

Brooklyn, New York

It might look messy, but what it lacks in organization, The Thing makes up for in sheer volume. One of the oldest second-hand stores in Greenpoint, its ground floor offers kitchenware, furniture, camera equipment, books, clothing, and, according to the store, "assorted bric-a-brac." But head to the back and down the stairs, and you'll find the shop's true treasure: over a hundred thousand vintage records, all selling for bargain-basement prices. Just remember to clear your schedule before you go, because the store has been known to swallow shoppers for hours at a time.

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Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
     

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

New York, New York

There's more than enough BBQ joints in New York to fill a weekend, but if you're looking for the best of the best, you'd better plan on being at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Scheduled for June 7th & 8th in Madison Square Park, the event will feature barbecue and other foods from pitmasters hailing from all over the country, as well as informative seminars and live music from rock, blues, and soul artists.

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Los Tacos No. 1
     

Los Tacos No. 1

New York, New York

What do you get when three friends from Tijuana and California decide to open up a taco shop on the East Coast? Los Tacos No. 1, that's what. Located in Chelsea Market, this handsome stand offers up tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, and mulas filled/topped with steak, chicken, pork, or grilled cactus, along with chips and salsa, chips and guacamole, and a range of drinks that includes both aguas frescas and Mexican Coke. That's pretty much it, but when you're hungry and looking for some tasty, quick Mexican, that's really all you need.

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Calexico
     

Calexico

Brooklyn, New York

Okay, so it's more of a cart — or carts, actually — than a truck, but that doesn't make Calexico any less tasty. Named for the northern side of a border town between California and Mexico, this beloved cart serves up all the tacos, quesadillas, burritos, bowls, nachos, sandwiches, and enchiladas you'd expect, with a extra helping of their chipotle crack sauce if you want. Not feeling the food cart scene? Luckily for you, they've also opened up full-on restaurants in Greenpoint, Red Hook, the Barclays Center, and the Lower East Side, as well.

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Brooklyn Bowl
     

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn, New York

Most venues consist of a big room, a stage, some restrooms (or porta-johns), and, if you're lucky, a bar. Hence why Brooklyn Bowl is such a terrific place to catch a show. In addition to functioning as a venue for performances, this Williamsburg spot takes its "Bowl" designnation seriously, with 16 lanes available, all within earshot of the stage. The LEED-certified space — the first bowling alley in the world to earn the honor — is also home to multiple bars serving up local craft brews and a restaurant serving up food by Blue Ribbon.

Photos: Adam Macchia
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Miomia
     

Miomia

Brooklyn, New York

It's not strictly for men, but the selection at Miomia is so outstanding that it simply doesn't matter. The owner, Katie, wrote her Master's thesis on men's grooming — so there's no doubt she knows her stuff — and has assembled a knowledgeable staff to help things run smoothly. Whether you're looking for help with your face or skin, shaving gear, hair product, or even some smell-good liquid, they have you covered with a hand-curated selection of goods that features a good mix of old favorites and more specialized brands.

Photos: Eugene L.
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No. 8
     

No. 8

New York, New York

Named after the infamous bungalow No. 8 at the Beverly Hills Hotel — home to many a late-night forbidden tryst — No. 8 exudes some of the same style, and we assume serves as the site for some discrete hookups, as well. Located in the Chelsea arts district, this two-floor affair features a ballroom-like atmosphere on the main floor, with banquet tables, a lounge area, and a U-shaped bar, and a vinyl lounge upstairs boasting a curated collection of over 8,000 albums. Terrific small plates account for the food, but the cocktails are the real star, with excellently paired ingredients and a slightly different menu on each floor.

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Pilgrim Surf + Supply
     

Pilgrim Surf + Supply

Brooklyn, New York

Okay, so it's not really close to any surfing — unless you're thinking of throwing your board in the East River — but that doesn't stop Pilgrim Surf + Supply from being worth a visit. This Williamsburg shop stocks a surprisingly robust selection of boards, as well as trunks, hoodies, shirts, pants, jackets, bags, and other essential gear. And should you feel like a bit of spontaneous shopping when you're closer to the shore, stop by their new shop in Amagansett, which offers just as impressive a selection with an even beach-ier vibe.

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Fish and Rose
     

Fish and Rose

New York, New York

It's rare that we write about a restaurant we don't expect to be around long, but then again, it's not too often you see places pop up that plan to only be open for a month. Presented by Beetlebung Farm of Martha's Vineyard, Fish and Rose is a pop-up eatery helmed by Chefs Chris Fischer and Lee Desrosiers, and is serving up simple but tasty creations made primarily from meats, greens, and other ingredients taken from the aforementioned Farm, as well as fresh oysters from the nearby New England waters. Open through December 30th.

Photos: Kayla Foster
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The Gaits High Line Soundwalk
     

The Gaits High Line Soundwalk

New York, New York

The holiday season just isn't the same without music, and this holiday you can join in and be a part of the festive atmosphere by experiencing The Gaits - a High Line Soundwalk. Put on by Make Music New York, this unique event is scheduled for 5pm on December 21, and will see you and a group of like-minded folks gathering at the Southern end of the High Line, before trekking north on a unique musical walk. Using your smartphone, an event-specific, and a small portable speaker, you'll become an instrument yourself, creating a symphony of twinkling sounds, guitar chords, dulcimer strikes, splashes, horns, and applause, simply by walking — and so will everyone else walking with you, creating a one-of-a-kind communal holiday musical experience.

Photos: Laine Fefferman
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Pouring Ribbons
     

Pouring Ribbons

New York, New York

Unless you're a hardcore cocktail nerd, one of the most difficult parts of ordering a complex drink is understanding how the ingredients work together — and what they taste like. Pouring Ribbons makes it easy. This second-floor East Village bar — created by the minds behind such well-regarded watering holes as The Violet Hour and Bradstreet Craftshouse — uses a simple set of scales to give you a clue as to each drink's personality. Less boozy, more accessible drinks will have their markers placed closer to "refreshing" and "comforting", while wilder, more potent concoctions lean towards "spiritous" and "adventurous". The bartenders are more than happy to help out with recommendations — be sure to ask about their Chartreuse collection — and the atmosphere strikes a good balance between inviting and overly dim, making it an ideal place to begin or end your night.

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