Earlier this week, we saw a guy walking around the East Village in shorts and sandals. Slow your roll, guy. It’s not summer yet.
No, it’s late April in New York City – that strange part of the year where you feel guilty staying inside, but you aren’t quite ready to get weird on a rooftop. For these trying times, we’ve got some suggestions about what you might want to get up to. All of it involves eating, naturally.
And please bring a light jacket.
1. Pretend You’re In California
One way to ride out these temperate times: absorb some West Coast vibes. Check out El Rey and the revamped Dimes, both on the Lower East Side and both a good move for a chilled out brunch or a casual dinner.
2. Get To Coney Island For Pizza At Totonno
Team Infatuation visited this icon of pizza recently and can confirm that the famous Totonno Pizzeria Napolitana is still amazing. You’ll also be charmed by the “Mayor” of Totonno, a woman who runs the place and doesn’t give a sh*t about you. It’s a good time.
3. Check Out The LIC Flea & Food
The disaster that is the L train isn’t running on weekends right now. So unless you already live in Williamsburg, or want to swim, hold off on Smorgasburg for a few more weeks. Instead, hit the Long Island City Flea & Food. They have a great selection of vendors, and possibly some you haven’t seen before.
4. Do Date Night At Tuome
One of our favorite new East Village spots just reopened after being closed for a couple weeks due to a kitchen fire, so pay them a visit. The Asian-ish food is great, and the space is cozy. For other ideas, we’ve got a whole list of other East Village date night spots.
5. Get Dinner With A Group At Barbuto
Barbuto is closing/relocating… at some point… allegedly, so now’s a good time to get into the West Village spot, and then, get into some roast chicken.
6. Consume A Large Amount Of Bacon And Beer
At the aptly named Bacon & Beer Classic, which takes place at Citi Field on Saturday. We’re sometimes weary of big festivals, but both the beer and… bacon vendors seem excellent.
6. Hang Out At Tørst
Why hang out at Tørst? For one, the o has a line through it, so you know things are serious. For real though, this is probably New York’s best – and best-looking – beer bar, making it an always excellent place to spend a Saturday. You can hang with some interesting beers and snacks, or make a reservation at Luksus, the tasting menu-only restaurant in the back. Either way, you won’t be disappointed.