NY – If you haven’t spent a summer in the city, you’re in for a treat! From the buzz of the beautiful people sipping rose at the outdoor cafes to street vendors bartering their wares, to food trucks sampling gourmet treats, the city streets come alive in the summer and the energy of being outdoors is contagious. Every neighborhood has a special summer offering, but we’ve discovered something truly magical happening in Lincoln Center during summer’s steamy evenings, so grab a date and get ready for some real summer fun!
1. Start your evening off at Epicerie Boulud, the quintessential French deli and market for a quick bite where you’ll live out your Franco-phile foodie fantasies and indulge in everything from house made charcuterie to oysters, cheese and wine.
2. Whether you’re a seasoned dance floor devotee or a complete newbie, get ready to dance the night away under the stars when Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center transforms itself into a big open-air ballroom. Group dance lessons are from 6:30-7:15pm (the dance floor opens at 6pm) and live sets are 7:30-8:30 and 9-10pm. Buy a season pass or single ticket (which includes dance lessons and admission for one) and learn all the right moves from vintage swing to disco and calypso as you listen to the greatest dancing music of all time! This year marks the 25th Anniversary of The Midsummer Night Swing and the big band line-up, beginning with Wynton Marsalis is fantastic.
3. For the perfect end to your date, stroll up Columbus Ave to Bomboloni and try the adorable and delicious bite size Italian dougnut-like pastries filled with a variety of fruits, chocolates and creams — order a variety (you can’t eat just one) and enjoy al fresco!