The sun, the unforgiving sun! It's finally getting hot again in New York, and temperatures will soon skyrocket to the 90s. Grab a Thai iced tea, a frosty shake, a refreshing natural soda, or a mint lemonade and find relief from summer's solar flares at these spots.
This little grocery is perfect for what ails you. Need a little bite a couple hours before meeting a friend for dinner? Black sesame mochi. Need a shot of something ice cold and superrefreshing? Sencha in a can. Throwing a dinner party but worried it will be boring? Shabu shabu meats! Feeling boring-looking? Duh, Dolly Wink lashes for that J-pop look.
This tiny Soho cafe (one of only a few cheap watering holes in this shopping district) has yummy hummus, baklava, mousaka and boureki. Greek fruit juice, Greek iced coffee, and mint lemonade are just a few more of the reasons to stop by this much-needed joint on a summer day.
Vegan snack oasis with extensive yummy tea menu including honeybush vanilla and pumpkin cream. Add a hot cup of chili with vegan cheese and you're ready to fight winter again. In the summer, grab raspberry lime rickeys and lavendar lemonade.
Perenially crowded during its spring to fall open season, Habana is that chill weekend outdoor joint you love to grab frozen mojitos, Sixpoint beers, spicy corn and Cubanos at. This spot is also environmentally focused, with a rainwater reharvesting system and frequent environmental events. Also try the skirt steak, which is tender, delicious and filling. Good for babies and big groups.
So delightfully old school it will make you think you're in the Royal Tenenbaums ice cream parlor, Brooklyn Farmacy has the soda jerks, the tall glasses, the long spoons, and the delicious ice cream floats. But there are also breakfast biscuits and sandwiches and espresso, for which the parlor opens at 8 a.m. on weekdays.
It's hot sticky pea soup outside. You're dying. Come in for a fresh cold rice milk, aloe, or green tea drink. Sit down at a table for a cold bowl of noodles while being blasted by the A/C. On the way out, grab some Hello Kitty candy for your niece, some packages of MSG-free Kiss Ramen for yourself, and some melon candy for your roommate. M2M is so convenient.
Thai ice tea and ice cream rock the house at this ice cream parlor in Park Slope, where moms and their kids pack in for cones of green tea, cucumber lime, lychee rose, and coconut, as well as Thai bites like curry puffs and no carb pad thai (essentially papaya noodles). Get the durian ice cream if you dare!
Upright is the tiny, friendly local to-go coffee. Americanos are strong and delicious and seasonal drinks are fun and experimental. Get a punch card for free drinks.
As soon as you walk into this gourmet deli, the scents of delicious cheese and toasted bread hit you. The sandwiches here are delicious, toasty, meaty, fontina-y affairs, and the gourmet groceries are unparalleled in this neighborhood for local flair and high taste. Black truffle sausage? Ovenly spicy bacon caramel corn? Yes, please!
This petite sandwich pickup store has a laugh at itself, with sandwiches like The Conflicted Jew (liver, bacon and onion on challah) and Stoner's Delight (grilled cheese). Catered sandwiches are also available.