NYC Hot Spots for the MLB All-Star Events

Stay cool while celebrating the Major League Baseball's All Star events in NYC with a trip to our favorite hot spots.


Major League Baseball’s All-Star events have already kicked off here in the Big Apple. Monday marks one of my favorite events of All-Star Weekend, the Home Run Derby. And then, of course, on Tuesday is the All-Star Game itself.

Monday also ushers in the start of New York’s third heat wave of the year. It’s going to be toasty at Citi Field, folks! So if you’re in town visiting for the All-Star festivities and are looking for yummy spots to cool down, here are my five favorite places to chill - literally and figuratively - in and around NYC.

1. 16 Handles

16 Handles is seemingly every New Yorker’s favorite spot for self-serve frozen yogurt. The yogurt is refreshing and soothingly cold, and you can top it with fresh fruit or sugary treats, whatever suits your fancy. (Me…I always go for a combination of a few different yogurt flavors, some chocolate chips, and fresh berries. YUM)!

There are tons of 16 Handles Locations throughout the entire city and even a couple in Queens, not far off the 7 subway line that takes you to Citi Field.

2. Juice Generation

If you’re looking for a quick stop for a cold and thirst-quenching juice or smoothie to take with you as you walk, try Juice Generation, my go-to juice spot. I’ll caution you now: you’ll find lots of healthy options there. (I love a good Get Ur Green On).

They also have some delicious juices and smoothies that are more like what you’d find at a Robeks or Jamba Juice, just way better! Some of my favorites include I Watermelon (watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, agave, and ice), Antioxidant All-Star (açai, pomegranate, blueberries, banana, noni, agave, and ice), and Mucho Mango (mango, strawberries, coconut, orange, agave, and ice).

3. Radegast Hall & Biergarten

I think most people would agree that one of the greatest things on Planet Earth to drink on a really hot day is really cold beer. There is certainly plenty of cold beer to be had at the ballpark. But if you’re looking for a cool place to hang out and nurse a cold one, try Radegast Hall. Ok, first a few disclaimers. One, this beer hall and garden is in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. So if you’re not super comfortable getting around the NYC boroughs this may not be the place for you. (If you’re nodding your head, try Birreria in Manhattan instead, which is the rooftop beer garden of Eataly by Madison Park). The second disclaimer is that Radegast’s clientele tends to be on the hipster side. But if it’s you and your baseball-lovin’ buds, this shouldn’t matter. You’re going to have a good time no matter what.

Radegast has both an indoor (air conditioned) bar area as well as a beer garden, which is basically a hall with a retractable roof and picnic tables. It’s probably the most authentic beer garden in the city and it has awesome beer, legit German munchies like sausages and schnitzel, and the perfect atmosphere for just hanging out.

Radegast Hall & Biergarten can be found at:

113 N 3rd St. (at Berry St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11249

4. Crispo

One of my favorite restaurants in the entire city is Crispo, an Italian-Mediterranean restaurant located where the West Village meets Chelsea. It has a very indoor-outdoor feel so you get the benefit of the strong AC to cool down and enjoy your food while still feeling like you’re outside. (I hate being too warm when eating hot food)! Should you enjoy al fresco dining, they also have outdoor seating.

Crispo has a very relaxed atmosphere, is great casual dining, and the prices won’t gouge your wallet. (And they have gluten-free options)!

Crispo can be found at:

240 W 14th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011

5. Jacques Torres

So if you want to know something about me, know this: I simply adore good chocolate. I’ve become a bit of a chocolate snob. And for me, the only thing better to drink on a hot day than the juices, smoothies, or pints of cold beer is a Jacques Torres frozen hot chocolate. Oooh yeah. There are a few flavors to choose from including wicked, peanut butter, and espresso, but no matter which you choose, you won’t be let down. Torres’ frozen hot chocolate recipe essentially consists of a melted down chocolate bar served really, really cold.

There are a few Jacques Torres locations around NYC and Brooklyn, but my favorite is his Hudson Square location. It feels like something out of Willy Wonka in there—very colorful and with windows that allow you to watch how the chocolate is made.

Jacques Torres can be found at:

350 Hudson St (at King Street, 1 block south of Houston)
New York, NY 10014

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