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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
    25
    Decor
    24
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $73

    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
    11
    Service
    17
    Cost
    $27

    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, the Sandwich Shop
    • Ice Cream Shop
    • East Village
    Food
    24
    Decor
    20
    Service
    21
    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
    24
    Decor
    14
    Service
    18
    Cost
    $7

    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
    21
    Decor
    18
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $34

    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.

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