You probably know what this week is all about, eh, New Yorkers? It’s rock star–astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s favorite happening of the year: Manhattanhenge, when the setting sun lines up perfectly with the city’s famously cavernous streets, slicing the island. So if you are not one for waiting for the Manhattanhenge sunset with the ravenous crowds (the big event happens a little after 8 p.m.), kill some time at these WSWD-approved spots, preferably with a cocktail in one hand and a nibble in the other. Remember that the best views happen as far east as you can go—and certain streets run wide open east to west. With that in mind, here’s your pregame playbook.
If You’re Near 14th Street, Go to Pouring Ribbons
Tonight seems like the ideal time to drink your way through the second-story bar’s revamped cocktail menu, now inspired by guilty-pleasure Midnight Movies. Order yourself the Friday, a cherry-and-thyme–forward mezcal sipper that Ice Cube probably wouldn’t turn down, and a cheese plate designed by the mongers at Beecher’s.
If You’re Near 23rd Street, Go to Studio at Freehand
It will be hard to avoid getting extremely cozy inside Freehand’s all-day café—how could you not when there are sheepskin blankets at arm’s reach? Regardless of how your Manhattanhenge plans end up, we suggest treating yourself to a plate of lentil croquettes and a glass of sparkling rosé.
If You’re Near 57th Street, Go to Kurant Wine Bar
Manhattanhenge conveniently happens right after happy hour—excellent timing, Mother Nature. Linger for a while at this spirited wine bar with a few rounds of Pinot Noir and some creamy burrata to hold you over until you’re ready to take on the golden, glowing streets.