17 Things to Eat and Drink in NYC This June
So many things to eat, so little time. And if you’re like us, you definitely get food FOMO when you discover that the crazy, limited-edition ice cream collab or the newest BEC sandwich contender you saw on Instagram has already come and gone. But don’t sweat it (save that for the gym, post–food coma)—we’ve mapped out the absolute best things you should be eating this June.
Everything at Time Out Market
Tacos, curry and chocolate babka all at one place? The latest addition to the city’s food halls is Time Out Market, a complex of 21 eateries handpicked by Time Out New York’s editorial team, which opened in Dumbo last Friday. A brief sampling of the offerings: spicy lobster dumplings from David Burke Tavern, Middle Eastern fare from Miss Ada, tacos from Alta Calidad, crispy rice sushi from Bessou, sweet treats from Ice & Vice, and Jerusalem bagels from Breads Bagelry.
Cheese & Wine Ice Cream at Republic of Booza
Republic of Booza is turning NYC restaurants into ice cream flavors. This month, it’s collaborating with Murray’s Cheese for the Cheese & Wine Flavor Flight, a delightful tasting of three versions of the iconic combo that turns three of Murray’s fromages (plus a boozy pairing) into Booza’s signature stretchy ice cream (available from June 24 to July 7). Can’t get into cheese ice cream? Other June specials include a Malaysian breakfast–inspired flavor (through June 9) and Vietnamese iced coffee cake (June 10 to 23)..
Daily Spread at Lamalo
Breads Bakery owner Gadi Peleg (also behind the upscale Nur) branches out with a new casual Middle Eastern spot, opening June 8 in the Arlo NoMad. The menu is made for sharing, so expect a for-the-table daily spread of Middle Eastern dips served with Jerusalem laffa bread plus heftier mains like Shabtai-style fish with chickpea batter and overnight-braised whole cabbage head.
Dueling Pizzas at Marta
Marta chef Lena Ciardullo is taking on a challenger each month in a pizza duel, the outcome of which can only be delicious. The counter-seating “pizza omakase” sold out fast, but you can still nab a table in the dining room for a prix fixe menu and à la carte specials featuring creations by Ciardullo and chefs such as Dan Kluger of Loring Place, Emma Bengtsson of Aquavit, and Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli of Don Angie.
Lobster Egg Salad Sandwich at Ed’s Lobster Bar and Egg Shop
Ed’s Lobster Bar and Egg Shop have teamed up to create this picnic-ready hybrid that contains lobster salad, egg salad, lemon, chives and hard-boiled egg sandwiched between Japanese milk bread and topped with fried shallots, chives and Old Bay seasoning. It’s available until July 1 at Ed’s Lobster Bar (brunch and lunch only) and Egg Shop (anytime).
Dasher & Crank Ice Cream at the Gansevoort Meatpacking
We’ll never say no to a new place to grab ice cream. Miami-based shop Dasher & Crank is setting up a stand outside the Gansevoort Meatpacking through Labor Day weekend, serving flavors like the bright-purple vegan Ube and Zak the Baker Babka N Cream. In addition to the stand, the hotel’s beer garden, The Chester, will offer boozy ice-cream floats for the adults in the group, pairing Dasher & Crank scoops with classic beers. (We’ll take an Allagash White with Lemon Speculoos.)
Amar at Chef’s Club Counter
Can’t sneak away to the Mediterranean for a sun-soaked vacation? Grab a seat at Amar, Chefs Club Counter’s newest pop-up from Aldea chef George Mendes. Amar (“to love” in Portuguese) serves healthy fast-casual with Portuguese accents like wild black rice with Portuguese coconut curry and seared tuna; quinoa paella; and a chicken piri-piri sandwich. Chef Mendes also teamed up with Dutch model Sanne Vloet on beauty-boosting dishes like an açai smoothie bowl and a vegan turmeric cauliflower curry.
Pepperoni Pizza Slice at Mama’s Too
This is the slice of the moment. You’ve seen the curled-up pepperoni from Mama’s Too all over the ’Gram, and we’re making it our personal mission to try all 13 nonna-inspired square pies this month, like one with poached pear, gorgonzola and hot honey, and another inspired by cacio e pepe. It’s not just the toppings that have us fangirling: This slice shop uses top-shelf ingredients like first-press EVOO, two-year aged Parmigiano Reggiano and a 48-hour cold fermented dough that makes for an airy and crispy crust.
Haute Veggies at Le Jardinier
We’ll gladly eat our veggies when they’re as gorgeous as the plant-driven menu from Le Jardinier, the new restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Alain Verzeroli (a longtime protégé of legendary French chef Joël Robuchon). Think heirloom tomatoes with stone fruits and burrata, and French white asparagus with blood orange and buckwheat puff, along with wild and sustainable fish, meat and poultry, all served in a plant-filled space that’s just as gorgeous as the artistically plated dishes.
BEC Empanada at Latineria
Jimmy Dean has some competition—and it comes in empanada form. At Grand Central Terminal’s new Latin fast-casual eatery, Latineria, renowned Mexican chef Julian Medina (owner of hot spot Toloache and others) has created a delicious and fun breakfast empanada optimized for your morning commute. It’s fried and stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese, scrambled eggs and maple-glazed bacon.
Picnic in the Topiary Garden at the Standard
Cocktails with a ten-foot snake? No need for alarm—it’s just a larger-than-life topiary designed by sculptor Robert Remer at The Standard. The secret(ish) walled-in garden right off Cooper Square is now filled with scattered eyeballs and six-foot-wide lips alongside a giant coiled (shrub) snake. Take in the manicured garden life while noshing on playful picnic dishes (served in an actual basket) like tea sandwiches and veggie dips (cilantro and peanut, smoky eggplant), plus plenty of summer-ready libations like frosé and shareable punch bowls.
Burger Happy Hour at The Usual
Happy hour just got meatier. The man behind L.A.’s Eggslut, Alvin Cailan, just launched a late-night deal at his Soho hot spot, The Usual. From 10 p.m. to midnight, you’ll find a “nothing but burgers” menu plus half-priced bottles of wine. Look out for daily burger specials like the Big Kahuna (grilled pineapple, bacon, American cheese, pickled shallots) and the signature Usual Burger, a double-patty feast with grated tomato, American cheese and garlic aioli.
Late-Night Menu at Root & Bone
Who says you can’t get a good meal after midnight? Every Friday and Saturday night from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., Root & Bone’s quirky pop-up bar, This Must Be the Place, features a drink from comedian and bartender Griffin Hennelly—with names like Spicy Margarita Cause I’m a Dumb Loser and Personal Insult—and Southern bites like a basket of wings, a pimento grilled BEC and fried green tomatoes.
Egg Wrap at Bobwhite Counter Urbanspace
There’s a new best part of waking up (sorry, Folgers): The famous Bobwhite Counter at Urbanspace Lexington is now serving breakfast, and the egg wrap has us feeling all kinds of feels. It’s packed full of old-school hash browns, bacon, shredded cheese, runny eggs and a sweet green tomato chutney..
S’mores Cookie at Maman
Everything you love about roasting marshmallows for s’mores around the campfire, minus all the smoke (and mosquito bites). Maman’s s’mores cookie—made with decadent Guittard chocolate, gooey toasted marshmallows and Annie’s Bunny Grahams—is a throwback to Maman cofounder Elisa Marshall’s summer camp memories, where s’mores and sing-alongs went hand in hand after dark.
Rosé at Loreley Beer Garden
Do you take the “rosé all day” motto a little too seriously? Then mosey over to the Lower East Side’s Loreley Beer Garden, which is hosting a Summer Rosé Festival until the end of July, with rosé in every form in a space dressed up in, you guessed it, roses. You’ll find myriad varietals of the pink wine (including sparkling options), rosé cider, rosé sangria and strawberry frosé. There are also plenty of rosé-friendly dishes like cedar-plank grilled salmon, salads, cheese plates, tacos… you get the point.
Avocado Shake from Hà Nôi Soup Shop
Nope, this isn’t a new trend: The Vietnamese have been putting avocado in their shakes and smoothies forever. The traditional sinh to bo combines avocado, condensed milk, sugar and ice, but Hà Nôi Soup Shop’s version does it with sweetened coconut milk to amp up the creaminess even more.