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Best Summer Spots in the East Village

From cold beers to ice cream cones, in the East Village, summertime staples come dashed with a little of the unconventional.

  • Narcissa
    • American
    • East Village
    Food
    27
    Decor
    25
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $81

    As its floral name implies, this New American at The Standard East Village prepares a locavore-friendly menu full of bright colors and flavors, sourced from the hotel owner’s Hudson Valley farm. What’s more, diners can dig into seasonal fare on its airy side patio, made festive with shady trees and strands of globe lights.

  • Red Hook Lobster Pound
    • Seafood
    • East Village
    Food
    24
    Decor
    9
    Service
    17
    Cost
    $30

    Rolls come stacked high with Maine lobster at this quick, casual seafooder, an offshoot of the Brooklyn original. There’s also plenty of sidewalk seating for al fresco dining -- how the New England favorite is meant to be enjoyed.

  • OddFellows Ice Cream Co.
    • Ice Cream Shop
    • East Village
    Food
    24
    Decor
    19
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $8

    Chorizo caramel swirl, tobacco leaf-smoked chili huckleberry, buttermilk biscuit -- this East Village ice creamery balks tradition, continually experimenting with the small-batch flavors on offer. Like the Williamsburg original, the haven for dessert lovers is outfitted with kitschy mid-century memorabilia.

  • Sundaes and Cones
    • Ice Cream Shop
    • Greenwich Village
    Food
    23
    Decor
    15
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $9

    East meets West in dessert form at this East Village ice cream parlor, where Asian-influenced flavors span from green tea to red bean. Traditionalists shouldn’t fret -- chocolate and vanilla scoops are still available.

  • Zum Schneider NYC
    • German
    • East Village
    Food
    22
    Decor
    19
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $35

    Looking to cool down with a cold one? Forget pints, this rowdy cash-only beer garden pours Munich-style liters off a carefully crafted tap list from its Bavarian-themed corner on Avenue C. Umbrella-shaded sidewalk seating stretches around both sides.

  • Ninth Ward
    • American
    • East Village
    Food
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    M

    Tuck into shrimp po' boys and icy cold Louisiana brews at Second Avenue’s slice of the Crescent City. Complete with a bubbling fountain and ivy-covered brick walls, in the summer months, its back patio is the place to be.

  • Apartment 13
    • New American
    • East Village
    Food
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    E

    This homey eatery, located on a hopping stretch of Avenue C, serves up a selection of oyster and cocktail pairs as part of its New American menu, including a few umbrella-topped options. There are two patios available for outdoor dining, one up, one down.

  • Royale
    • Burger
    • East Village
    Food
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    M

    This well-priced East Village neighborhood joint keeps it simple with summertime favorites -- beers and Royales (nee burgers). An all-weather patio with communal picnic table seating completes the backyard barbecue-like picture.

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