By Kat Long

June 15, 2012

GO picks the must-do dining destinations, see-it-to-believe-it shopping and best bets for summer frolicking before, during and after Pride. After all, this city doesn't sleep—and neither should you, if you don't want to miss out on this season's schedule of warm weather escapades. If you crave more cultural happenings, see our A&E and Nightlife sections for NYC's Pride season blowouts.


Haute Spots:

Tertulia 359 6th Ave, 646-559-9909, Chef Seamus Mullen's intimate, critically acclaimed Spanish tapas restaurant was nominated for a James Beard award this year, so call for reservations now. You may be waiting a while for your Arroz a la Plancha (a dish of Calasparra rice, snails, wild mushrooms, celery, fennel and Ibérico ham). 

Maialino 2 Lexington Ave, 212-777-2410, The latest property in Danny Meyer's restaurant empire (along with Shake Shack, Gramercy Tavern, et al), Maialino excels in rustic, rib-sticking Roman cuisine like fettuccine with roast suckling pig ragu and Parmigiano, or Spigola Rigata (striped bass, charred ramps and coco bean salad).

Aureole One Bryant Park (135 W 42nd St), 212-319-1660, The location may be shiny and new—in the Bank of America Tower across from Bryant Park—but the dedication to classic American haute cuisine remains solid. 

Annisa 13 Barrow St, 212-741-6699, Owner and celesbian chef Anita Lo designed her restaurant as a celebration of women (its name means "women" in Arabic). Lo's inventive nouveau American cuisine, accented with Asian ingredients, pairs magnificently with a wine list highlighting female vintners. 

The Dutch 131 Sullivan St (nr Prince St), 212-677-6200, Comfort food is a trend that has had its day, but it's worth revisiting at The Dutch. The mouthwatering pies at this scene-y bistro—with crusts that aren't too dry, aren't too greasy—are baked daily. Try the banana cream or cherry made with real fruit (i.e., not from a can).

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