8 Cool Eats for Hot Days in New York City

When the mercury soars, cool down with these refreshing bites at New York City restaurants.

Erica Riveraby Erica Rivera
Photo: Lamb Tartare at Faun by Michael Tulipan.

It’s hard to work up an appetite when the heat index is off the charts, the humidity is oppressive, and you can’t escape the stank of humanity on the street. But during the summer months, remember that food is not the enemy! In fact, eating certain foods can cool you down – and we’re not just talking about ice cream and popsicles. Chefs worth their salt know how to help you chill out, and tailor their menus specifically for the hottest months of the year.

Chilled or uncooked dishes like ceviche, crudo, mousse, and tartare will awaken your repressed hunger and refresh you at the same time. We’ve rounded up eight options for eats that beat the heat in New York City. Even better: most of the venues serving these summer-friendly dishes have outdoor seating. (Though we wouldn’t blame you for taking advantage of the air conditioning wherever you can get it.)