If a vacation to somewhere balmy and beachy — not simply swampy, as New York City is prone to becoming in the depths of summer — isn’t on the docket right now, there are still plenty of ways to get into an out-of-office state of mind without leaving town. Just head to one of the city’s surprisingly plentiful restaurants and bars with ultra-lush surroundings, and often food and drinks to match.
The bulk of these vacation-like places serve food and channel the environs of various Caribbean countries in lush, tropical climates, as well as Pacific-inspired Tiki spots that nod (with varying degrees of “authenticity”) to Polynesian culture. Others simply serve up the escapism factor, with plentiful greenery and flowers, both real and faux.
Ahead, check out 17 of these transportive settings, ideal for grabbing a cocktail and taking a (very brief) tropical vacation of sorts in the process.
Note: This map was originally published in 2018 and has been updated.Read More