How to Have the Best Rainy Day Ever in NYC
Follow this play-by-play for bad-weather bliss
Between the wet socks, frizzy hair and those knee-deep puddles on every street corner, rainy weekends are the complete worst (especially when you were planning to spend your Saturday pumpkin and apple picking).
But guess what? They don’t have to be.
The next time stormy weather hits, use our official guide and have the best rainy day of your whole damn life.
10 A.M.: PERK UP SWEDE-STYLE AT KONDITORI
No stale coffee here. The Swedish café?s strong cups of joe are brewed every hour on the hour to kick off your rainy day of fun. Oh, and pick up a muffin or a slice of cardamom bread for fuel.
Various locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan; konditorinyc.com
11 A.M.: BROWSE THE NEW RIZZOLI BOOKSTORE
Duck inside the iconic New York institution, which moved into a gorgeous new flagship location this fall after losing its lease. May we suggest picking up a copy of Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett?
1133 Broadway (at 26th St.); 212-759-2424 or rizzolibookstore.com
12 P.M.: WARM YOUR BELLY WITH CHUKO RAMEN
Cab it down to Prospect Heights for hearty ramen soups, crispy wings and pork buns that are arguably the best in the city.
552 Vanderbilt Ave. (at Pacific St.), Brooklyn; 347-425-9570 or barchuko.com
1 P.M.: SIP DESSERT AT BUTTER & SCOTCH
Booze meets baked goodies at this Crown Heights treasure. If you’ve really got a sugar craving, dunk a salty chocolate-chip cookie into your white Russian.
818 Franklin Ave. (at Union St.); 718-953-8487 or butterandscotch.com
6 P.M.: GET WARM AND COZY AT IL BUCO
It’s time to get classy--and by classy, we mean slurp spaghetti, Lady and the Tramp-style. Rustic Italian fare in an antiques store turned café? We’re in.
47 Bond St. (at Cooper Sq.); 212-533-1932 or ilbuco.com
8 P.M.: BE A BROADWAY BABY
Escape the monsoon and catch the new Broadway revival of Dames at Sea--something tells us you’ll especially enjoy the song “Raining in My Heart.”
The Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St. (at Eighth Ave.); damesatseabroadway.com
11 P.M.: END WITH A NIGHTCAP AT GENUINE LIQUORETTE
Stroll downtown for a kitschy cocktail at mixologist Eben Freeman’s latest in the Lower East Side. Drinks are creatively and stylishly served in cans--try the Dark & Stormy (served in a Regatta beer can) for a refreshing end to your rainy day.
191 Grand St. (at Mulberry St.); 646-729-4633 or genuineliquorette.com