5. Radegast Hall and Beirgarten
This Eastern European-style beer garden offers Williamsburg partiers 55 selections of brews alongside a tasty collection of grilled meats and crispy fries. Picnic table seating encourages a rollicking, good-times vibe, while the one-of-a-kind retractable roof ensures the party won’t stop when the rain comes down.
4. Nathan’s Famous at Coney Island
OK, there’s not actually any seating at the ocean-front location, and it’s kind of grody to sit on the boardwalk, or even the beach for that matter. And you have to almost start a fight with twenty different guys with back hair coming out of their tank tops to even get to the front of the line. But no NYC summer is complete without a foot-long and a large cheese fries by the Atlantic.
3. Harry’s at Water Taxi Beach
Sure, it’s no Montauk or Jersey Shore, or even Coney Island for that matter, but at a 12-minute ferry ride from Midtown, this makeshift beach in Queens is the only sandy shore attainable during a lunch break. Beach chairs and picnic tables are the place to grab summertime grub (hot dog, burgers and fish tacos), all washed down with PBR tallboys.
2. Habana Outpost
Brooklynites anxiously await the opening of this seasonal “eco-eatery” each spring, where a solar-powered truck-kitchen serves up burritos, sandwiches, and near-legendary corn-on-the-cob smothered in Mexican white cheeses. One of the most relaxing ways to end a crazy city weekend is curling up with a frozen margarita to watch classic movies beamed on the outdoor wall each Sunday night. But hurry — Habana only stays open through October.
1. Shake Shack
Sure, the lunchtime line at this Madison Square Park eatery is beyond ridiculous (an hour-and-a-half wait? Fuck off.) But hit up the park at an off-time – dinner on a weekend, for example – and there’s virtually no wait for the city’s best fast food – perfect burgers, gooey cheese fries, and thick-thick chocolate milkshakes, all enjoyed while laying on a blanket in the park and looking out for He-Man.
A version of this article originally appeared in the Onion AV Club.