This summer, Gotham roared back to life. Finally.

By Jack Rico

New York City is celebrating a summer of resilience and renewal, finally shedding the pandemic-shocked past in search (once again) of unapologetic fun. With a surge of new energy pulsating through the streets, Midtown Manhattan is undergoing a sudden rebirth, becoming an epicenter of a burgeoning social scene where luxury meets creativity. New restaurants are opening, buildings are rising and parties abound. So, trade your hiking boots for your dancing shoes—summer in the city’s calling you back.

Destination Breakfast at Tiffany’s, anyone? Culinary and cinematic nostalgia abound at Tiffany & Co.’s luxuriously redesigned Blue Box Café, brought to life by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud. Bring your main character energy and enjoy a Holly Golightly-inspired breakfast of coffee, croissant and eggs amid Tiffany’s signature blue décor and dangling jewels. This coveted sixth-floor jewel box café can make life feel as charming as any classic movie set.

Restaurant Eat like sea-born royalty at Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s art-infused seafood escape in Chelsea, Hav & Mar, where the menu fuses his Swedish and Ethiopian heritage. Dishes such as hävstoppa soup and hamachi with black ceviche are served alongside an African-infused wine menu as you admire the six-foot sculptures of Black mermaids adorning the walls. Drop anchor, you’ve arrived at your new happy place.

Art Artist Lauren Halsey brings Black urban life to The Metropolitan Museum of Art at The Cantor Roof Garden Bar through graffiti-inspired hieroglyphs that honor love and struggle. Take your time sipping cava on the terrace and soak in the culture and glamour where the vibrant streets of South-Central LA meet ancient Egypt. 

Bar The Jazz Club at Aman New York is midtown’s newest clandestine gem—if you can find it. Accessible only through a hidden elevator in the historic Crown Building, this underground Art Deco speakeasy evokes 1920s nostalgia and later morphs into a dance party that’ll leave you asking, “When’s the last time I had this much fun?”


Larry Burstein

former publisher, New York magazine

restaurant: Balthazar
bar: The Regency Bar & Grill
culture: Museum of the City of New York
destination: Central Park 

Daniel Glass

founder/ceo, glassnote records

restaurant: Eli’s Table
bar:  Centurion New York
culture: Shakespeare in the Park
destination: Brighton Beach, Coney Island

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