It’s a potent cocktail, so to speak: NYC’s ever-expanding radius of livable/affordable neighborhoods, mixed with steamy summer temps and its residents’ hearty appetite for beer and good times. Blend it all together and you get lots of new places to chill this season. We’ve rounded up our picks from the many recently-opened spots in the city, many of which are located in formerly-industrial ‘hoods — which means there’s space for you, the stroller, and the kids to hang without disturbing fellow patrons too much. Click through to find your refresher!
For BBQ on the Gowanus: Swan Dive
This sprawling spot for BBQ and beer/booze on the Gowanus has plenty of room for you and the kids. With seating made from upcycled materials and reclaimed wood, greenery throughout, all beers produced within 50 blocks of the place and requisite clear cafe bulbs hovering over the 10,000-square-foot space, it'll be easy to forget you're on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. (Plus: cornhole games to keep the kids occupied.) Order some deviled eggs and BBQ from on site restaurant Pig Beach and soak in summer.
480 Union St.
photo: Swan Dive via Yelp