Summer is, without a doubt, the best time to experience New York City. The streets begin to buzz with caffeinated energy; outdoor cafes are speckled with couples, girl gangs and tourists happily sipping brunch cocktails at dusk; and of course, the really great summer outfits come out to play.
Nothing captures that vibrancy more than TV Land’s Younger, one of our favorite shows where New York is just as much a character as Hilary Duff’s Kelsey Peters. It’s hard not to want to experience summer in the city when the cast of the hit show regularly shows off some of the best Manhattan has to offer. After binge-watching the NYC-set show (we honestly can’t wait for the new season to start on June 28th), we’re feeling the magic of the city all over again. If you’re like us and jonesing for a trip, we put together our just-the-hits guide to the city’s best for your touring pleasure. With some classic hits and the latest greatest.
Hover over a location below to find out where you should be seen this summer. We guarantee it’ll be your most memorable (and fashionable) summer yet.
Art Galleries in Chelsea
There’s one small downside to summer in NYC: the muggy heat. If your chic outfit doesn’t allow for a hint of humidity, go someplace where you’ll be able to hide from the higher temps. We suggest taking cues from Debi Mazar’s Maggie (she is an artist, after all) and make your way to the many art galleries in Chelsea where you can dip into the air-conditioned rooms and take in some of New York’s best art. Wear a summer dress, white sneakers (you’re going to be doing a lot of walking) and soak in the city’s culture in climate-controlled comfort.
Jimmy at The James Hotel in SoHo
Is it really summer in NYC if you’re not at a rooftop bar in Soho? No. Jimmy at the James Hotel is perfect for a drink after a long day at the office with your work wife. Channel your inner Kelsey Peters and kick off your weekend at this hotspot where you’ll find the perfect get-loose combination: a scenic rooftop view and a DJ playing only the best. If you’re coming from the office, your outfit should be totally appropriate, just peel off a layer and throw on a pair of heels.
The Carlyle in the Upper East Side
You’re in the Upper East Side and feeling fancy, there’s only one place you should go: New York City’s landmark hotel, The Carlyle. Famous for its Manhattan vibes, the hotel has a number of things you can do on any given night. Sip on an Old Fashioned at the hotel’s Bemelmans Bar, with its Madeline-covered walls and live jazz. While this is the fashionable set’s choice (pinky up), those who binge-watch Younger might recognize The Carlyle as the spot where Liza was about to meet Charles, her boss, but quickly ran out because of her big secret. When it comes to your attire, we suggest wearing something that makes more of a classic statement than an outfit that feels too bold.
Grand Banks in Tribeca
We’re calling it—this Tribeca hotspot is where all of your summer dreams will come true. The location has become a cult-favorite because of its Insta-worthy ambience and yellow-and-white striped awnings. Docked at Pier 25 in Tribeca, this historic boat has incredible views of lower Manhattan and is the perfect place to catch a glimpse of the sunset over the Hudson River. We suggest making reservations at this hotspot for a weekend brunch with your friends but only after you’re caught up on all your Younger episodes. This is where you can take full advantage of that straw hat you’ve been wanting to wear since the nautical vibes of this location is great for a beachier ensemble.
Two Hands in Nolita
Escape to this café with your headphones stowed in your bag on a day where you want to watch Younger and chill but still want to be out of the apartment. This Aussie café is the ideal place to grab a cup of coffee—and don’t try to leave without tasting their banana bread. You’re good to go in your best athleisure outfit here, so pull on your leggings and sneakers, and head on over.
Now that you know where to go in NYC, here’s what you should wear.