New York City’s dining scene is always hot but during the summer months it tends to heat up even more. With new summertime menu additions featuring light dishes and simple flavors, there’s plenty to salivate over this season. And it doesn't stop at the food. The city also boasts new craft cocktails that are worthy of your attention.
Here are some of the hottest summer menu offerings in food and drink to hit New York City.
Lugo Cucina Italiana
This popular Italian eatery in Midtown West is no stranger to serving up hearty dishes. But Lugo Cucina Italiana offers something on the lighter side for summer. Prepare to feast on seared scallops over a crunchy risotto cake infused with truffle, and all smothered in a roasted red pepper sauce.
Sitting atop Chinatown’s new Hotel 50 Bowery, The Crown rooftop bar and lounge serves craft cocktails along with an impressive view, making it the perfect go-to spot for summer. With choices of tequila-heavy Thai Basil Watermelon Margarita and vodka-infused Black Dragon Tea, there are plenty of drinks to choose from - and all go perfectly with Chef Dale Talde's Asian-style street food.
Chelsea’s well-known Italian restaurant known for its homemade pasta, plays tribute to veggies this season with a new menu dedicated to plants. Scarpetta’s Executive Chef, Jorge Espinoza’s created the Verdure menu, which features a variety of seasonal vegetables (made with simple and fresh ingredients) as the main dish. Some stand outs include Cauliflower Romanesco in a salmoriglio sauce (garlic, olive oil, oregano) alongside Roasted Zucchini made with summer squash and lemon.
This bustling steakhouse chain with location in Midtown knows a thing or two about meat, with its latest menu options emphasizing top quality beef. Make your way to Mastro’s this summer for your choice of the new Japanese A5 Wagyu (8-ounce, ten-ounce, or 12-ounce) or grass-fed Broadleaf Wagyu Tomahawk Chop. Both are cooked to perfection and served with your choice of sides, including the lobster mashed potatoes that should never go unnoticed.
Midtown’s upbeat Cuban venue, Victor's Cafe brings on a new burger that’s ideal for summer. Meet the hamburguesas cubanas, a cuban-inspired patty made with Angus beef and chorizo for an extra savory flavor. Served with Colombian-style yuquita fries, this latest addition is a must especially when paired with a refreshing classic mojito made of rum, lime, and mint leaves.