The best things to do in New York City right now

NYC

Overwhelmed by the never-ending number of restaurants and things to do in the city? Let us help you experience our hometown. This week, a few of our favorite locals are sharing a few of their favorite local spots for getting outdoors – and for getting out to eat.

The Commodore – Williamsburg
“The Commodore’s fried chicken is the crispiest and juiciest in town. It’s also a steal, as $12 gets you three chicken thighs, three biscuits, two hot sauces and a side of honey butter. Open until 4 a.m. every day, it’s the perfect late-night meal.” – as recommended by NYC local Rei Wang

The Commodore Fried Chicken
The Commodorein NYC, photo courtesy of Localeur

Fort Greene Park – Fort  Greene
“This is one my favorite parks, located in the heart of Fort Greene. When it comes to getting a great outdoor workout, this park has it all – from tennis courts to jungle gyms and stairs you can run up and down, Rocky-style. This one my favorite parks to train my clients and offer a unique outdoor workout.” – as recommended by NYC local Steven Rousseau

Fort Greene Park
Fort Greene Park, photo courtesy of Localeur

Backyard – Park Slope
“As its name suggests, Backyard boasts quite a nice little outdoor dining space. A charming wooden fence, some trees and pretty little strings of lights (those awesome globey ones) abound in the yard of the back of this magical Brooklyn brunch spot. Come here on a cheat day, guys – you’re going to need to get messy in this gorgeous garden and dig into things like the french toast casserole, or the ‘phat stax’, which is basically a yummy all-American breakfast, but with pancakes or french toast as the bread. You’re welcome.” – as recommended by NYC local Marni Wandner

Backyard in NYC; photo courtesy of Localeur
Backyard in NYC; photo courtesy of Localeur

Buddha Bodai – Chinatown
“Chinese food is usually off the table for vegans, since there’s fish or chicken stock hidden in so many dishes. But we can go bonkers at Buddha Bodai, which offers not just classic Chinese comfort food (like ‘seafood’ fried rice and roast ‘pork’) done in meat-free versions, but a full dim sum menu.” – as recommended by NYC local Molly Simms

Buddha Bodai in NYC, photo courtesy of Localeur
Buddha Bodai in NYC, photo courtesy of Localeur

Ninth Avenue Vintner – Hell’s Kitchen
“Among the scatterings of Thai restaurants, juice bars and banks in this stretch of Hell’s Kitchen lies the single-most glorious cheese, wine, beer and sandwich shop I have ever set foot in. They use Amy’s Bread and Sullivan Street Bakery products for their sandwiches, always have samples out and have a selection of over 100 craft beers. The final happiness straw for me? They serve all of their sandwiches with a side of olives! At long last, someone understands that the two most amazing food items in the world deserve to be together.” – as recommended by NYC local Farah Sheikh

Ninth Avenue Vintner in NYC; photo courtesy of Localeur
Ninth Avenue Vintner in NYC; photo courtesy of Localeur

Bedford and Kent Avenues – Williamsburg
“It’s super-easy to get to Williamsburg or Greenpoint from just about anywhere that’s near Bedford Avenue: There’s a bike lane all the way up Bedford Avenue, which takes me from Crown Heights into the heart of Williamsburg. It’s a favorite weekend ride for me (and if you cut over to Kent Avenue, you can ride along the water) to go shopping or eating with the trendy kids.” – as recommended by NYC local Sarah Baldwin

Bedford and Kent Avenues; photo courtesy of Localeur
Bedford and Kent Avenues; photo courtesy of Localeur

Central Park North
“Pack a blanket and head to the park to lounge, read or people-watch. Sheep Meadow is ideal for sunbathing, while the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir around 90th Street is great for photo ops. Or, if you want to kick off the night with a few drinks, the Boathouse bar is the perfect setting. If you can muster the patience to wait in line all day, Shakespeare in the Park runs all summer and tickets are free.” – as recommended by NYC local Sam Kidd

Central Park North; photo courtesy of Localeur
Central Park North; photo courtesy of Localeur