NYC Life: Restaurant Week, Roller Skating, Al Fresco Lounge, Rooftops and More

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There are lots of new experiences in NYC to check out this summer. There’s Portside, a unique al fresco lounge by the water. And this month you can dine on the private rooftop perched above Radio City Music Hall. First it was the rink at Rockefeller Plaza to offer roller skating, and now Wollman Rink is in on the act too. Head to Chelsea to celebrate Bastille Day, and Restaurant Week celebrates its 30th Year! Love waffles? Check out roving photographer’s post. Valerie Smaldone has the scoop on a new play, Epiphany, which she says is beautifully directed.

July 18-Aug. 21. Restaurant Week Celebrates 30 Years for 30 Days!

The original Restaurant Week starting right here in NYC. For 30 days you can enjoy deals at some of the most vibrant dining destinations in New York City. 600 restaurants offering more than 60 distinct cuisines in nearly 85 neighborhoods across all five boroughs at $30, $45 or $60 for 30 days of Dining Deals. Explore menus and book your table.

A Summer Getaway in Battery Park

Portside is a unique, al fresco lounge located on Brookfield Place’s Waterfront Plaza. Discover this new, urban oasis inspired by coastal charm and nautical traditions. Experience happy hour, bites, epic sunsets, and weekly programming opportunities for the ultimate summer “getaway.” Portside offers guests of all ages something fun to do every day of the week! Catch wind of NYCs coolest spot and discover everything that Portside has on deck this summer. Get the details.

Roller skating at Wollman Rink this summer!

DiscOasis is an immersive, funky, roller-disco experience happening at Wollman Rink this summer. Skate to the sounds of 70s era disco curated by Groovemaster Nile Rodgers, tear up the rink-side dance floor under dazzling lights, explore interactive art installations and more! The DiscOasis is open Wednesdays to Sundays. Daytime hours are 10:00am – 4:30pm. Nighttime experience hours are 5:30-10:00pm. Timed-entry tickets are required for this event. Choose from daytime or evening time slots, and purchase tickets online. Cost: From $17 for kids and $23 for adults. Get details and tickets.

July 8- July 31. Dine on a Rooftop Above Radio City Music Hall

There’s a half-acre rooftop park, called Radio Park—not usually open to the public–that is perched above Radio City Music Hall with stunning views of Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue and the New York City skyline. This month only you can enjoy food and drink with menus featuring two award-winning chefs, JJ Johnson who owns and operates a made-to-order rice bowl concept, FIELDTRIP and Homer Murray of 21 Greenpoint. “Dine at Radio Park” is open Friday to Sunday throughout July for lunch and dinner. Come for an elevated and family-friendly experience including cocktails, beer, and wine ala carte. Get the details.

July 14. Celebrate Bastille Day

Chelsea is the place to be for French dining and Bastille Day Celebrations. 6SqFt recommends these two spots.

Mister French This French supper club will be offering special food and drink deals in observance of Bastille Day, including $17.89 for champagne and pommes frites for the entire day on the 14th. 24 East 21st Street, Manhattan

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Loulou  Chelsea’s iconic French bistro Loulou is celebrating Bastille Day with an all-day St. Germain bar cart and live accordion player. Come enjoy specialty cocktails and classic French dishes amidst the festivities. 176 8th Avenue, Manhattan


Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens writs: “Driving through Clarks Summit, PA on July 4th, I had a very American lunch at Waffle House. Founded in 1955, neighbors in Georgia opened their first restaurant. The concept and menu were straightforward and they focused on their employees as well as their customers. Co-founder Joe Rogers, Sr. says “We aren’t in the food business. We’re in the people business.”

Today there are more than 1,900 locations spread across 25 states and all are open 24/7. The graphically simple yellow sign is as iconic as the perfectly crispy and moist waffles are delicious. Please pass the syrup! ” Nicole is the author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath.  Follow her on Instagram@nfrconsult.



  • Cheryl Benton

    The tomato behind The Three Tomatoes. Cheryl Benton, aka the “head tomato” is founder and publisher of The Three Tomatoes, a digital lifestyle magazine for “women who aren’t kids”. Having lived and worked for many years in New York City, the land of size zero twenty-somethings, she was truly starting to feel like an invisible woman. She created The Three Tomatoes just for the fun of it as the antidote for invisibility and sent it to 60 friends. Today she has thousands of friends and is chief cheerleader for smart, savvy women who want to live their lives fully at every age and every stage. She is the author of the novel, "Can You See Us Now?" and co-author of a humorous books of quips, "Martini Wisdom." Because she's lived a long time, her full bio won't fit here. If you want the "blah, blah, blah", read more.

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