Sit back, close your eyes, and think of a bright sunny day lounging on the beach. The cool breeze flowing through your hair, the sand pressed firmly against your toes, a bucket of ice cold Coronas hitting your lips. Sounds good right? Unfortunately, living and working in New York doesn't provide these small pleasures of life. As much as I love NY in the summer, sometimes commuting in the steamy hot subway and sitting in front of the air conditioner in my cramped apartment makes me long for a chance to get away.
For some of us it's not that easy to just take a trip and find some secluded beachy slice of heaven to spend some time in. With the way the economy is, it's getting pretty hard to even check out the beaches in Jersey --unless of course you happen to be gym buddies with The Situation. With no Tropical destination in sight for myself this summer, I researched some local spots that might make me feel like I’m away from the city. Below is a guide to a Tropical New York. If you feel like getting out of the city for a night, but can’t find the time or the funds to put together a legit trip, these night life spots will hopefully take you there, even if it's only for a little while.
PainKiller: This Lower East Side cocktail haven will make you think you teleported into a Caribbean beach bar. Once there, toss back a few of their classic Mai Tais (Jamaican rum, over-proof Demerara rum, lime juice and house-made orgeat and curaçao; $12), to truly take in the island experience.
226 West 79th Street
(between Amsterdam Avenue & Broadway)
New York, NY 10024
Calling all lushes and carnivores! Step right up! Heathe St. Clair, owner of The Sunburnt Cow and Bondi Road, brings you the newest (and drunkest!) sibling to his Australian family of down under restaurants: The Sunburnt Calf.
If the idea of drinking on a Monday morning appeals to you, than your prayers have been answered by The Sunburnt Cow and Bondi Road. Next Monday, January 26, these two restaurants will be open early for a special so-called “Drunken Brunch.” It will only cost $15 for an entrée and unlimited drinks. Making the deal even more lucrative, just in case you didn’t get your fill at the drunken brunch, afterwards the restaurants are offering “Two Hours of Happiness,” a two-hour happy hour special that will be all you can drink for a mere twenty dollars.
The Sunburnt Cow is an Australian themed restaurant with an exciting array of mojitos and martinis located at 137 Avenue C, while Bondi Road specializes in seafood and has a formidable drink selection itself – it’s nearby at 153 Rivington Street. So check it out next Monday, enjoy a quality meal, and drink ‘til the cows come home.