Becky Hughes, who covered last week while I finished up our colorful, big guide, "Where to Eat in New York City this Summer", is to be commended. Have you seen the interactive map?
The New York Times' food writers have compiled dozens of suggestions that will keep your summer busy (and full). There are food crawls in neighborhoods, eating tips at beaches and parks and weekend trip ideas. We have eaten in all five boroughs, and even beyond, to bring you both familiar and new options. Mark Josephson has been working hard to bring us all to the finish line. He edits this weekly newsletter.
Next year's guide is already in my mind. Here's my summer bucket list 2023.
Sandwiches & Petanque
After 10 years in New York I still haven't experienced all that summer has to offer. This year, I'm going to explore the city as if I were a tourist. Since I've been to the Museum of Modern Art for years, I'd like to see the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition. The new wing of the American Museum of Natural History has also been hailed as a visual feast.
Believe it or not, Governors Island is a place I have never visited. Please don't make me feel ashamed. I am already embarrassed enough. I'm looking forward to a sunny afternoon spent on its lush green fields. I know exactly where I will eat when I get there: Carreau Club. Court Street Grocers' pop-up offers a chance to play a few games of boules and sip on a cold beer while enjoying sandwiches.
This summer, I will finally make it to Roosevelt Island. Robert Simonson who writes frequently about bars for The Times sold me on Panorama Room, the high-flying bar on the 18th level of the Graduate Hotel. The Panorama Room offers views of Manhattan and Queens as well as Brooklyn. It also has a tasty menu, which includes caviar nachos, a raw bar, and an impressive view. Yes, I'll be taking the tram.
Finaly, I am strongly considering a trip to Shirley Chisholm, a four-year old state park, which I saw on a drive down the Belt Parkway, while writing for our summer guide. The park is idyllic, despite its former status as a landfill. It's perfect for a picnic, a hike and an after-party in the nearby Dave & Buster's.
San Gennaro Season
You'll find me at the Feast of San Gennaro from September 14 to 24. I will probably go on a weekday afternnon because I hate crowds, just like the majority of New Yorkers.
What's on your list of summer-time food and drink to-dos? You may be featured in a newsletter if you email me at EMAIL. I wish you all a wonderful summer!
I'm following up on last month's question from a reader: Two people have emailed to praise the carciofi ala giudia served at Lattanzi Cucina Italiana in Midtown. (This is also a great place to eat before a show). Cafe Fiorello near Lincoln Center was recommended by another reader as a great place to get carciofi.
Pete Wells gives his review of Stretch Pizza this week. It is the newest restaurant by Wylie Dufresne. The pizzas are lacking, but the desserts and appetizers are excellent.
Openings include: Mercer Kitchen, which has been replaced with Sartiano's and Alfred Portale, as the culinary director. The butchers Erika Nakamura and Jocelyn Guest will bring their skills to Due Madri at Pier 57, and a complete menu. Frenchette Bakery, which is currently located in TriBeCa, will be moving this fall to the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts will present this year's Julia Child Award to Sean Sherman, the influential Indigenous Chef.