Two things you should know: 1) The largest wooden vessel in NYC is a sailboat called the F/V Sherman Zwicker. 2) That sailboat is now the home of an oyster bar from a Marlowe & Sons vet. Our picks: fresh bivalves and fluke crudo with a lager-meets-Aquavit "Engine Room" to rinse.
N. Moore St. at West St.
The new NY outpost of this LA fave occupies the top floors of Urban Outfitters' new WBurg concept store, Space Ninety 8. Inside, Top Chef winner Ilan Hall is plating cheeky dishes like bacon-wrapped matzo balls. Plus: a rooftop bar, cabanas and craft bevvies.
Nota bene: To find the dining room, walk into Space Ninety 8, make a u-turn, and take the stairs to three.
98 N. 6th St.
b/t Berry and Wythe Ave.
This new cocktail haunt's roster boasts alums from Little Branch, PDT and Milk & Honey (founder Joseph Schwartz was personally trained by Sasha Petraske). Grab a banquette — yes, they're upholstered with actual sailcloth. Then order a "Bartender's Choice" — if you don't like it you can send it back (doubtful).
158 Lafayette St.
b/t Grand and Howard St.
The BONDST and Republic team land in Brooklyn with an avant-garde take on Japanese plates, including Suntory Whisky-glazed short ribs and calamari stuffed with chorizo black rice. Plus some crazy thing with an egg they're keeping under wraps. Solid date spot.
138 N. 8th St.
b/t Bedford and Berry St.
We get it. It's hot out there. Rather than brave NYC's swampy gridlock, sequester yourself indoors with the AC cranked and a frosty beverage in hand. To do it properly, look no further than our recent Cocktail Quarterly, a compendeum of ten icy cold libations to help keep you cool when the mercury's up. Enjoy.