We totally get avoiding the Lower East Side if you're older than 25 and it's after 10 pm on a weekend. But if you're sleeping on the area the rest of the time? Well, you're simply missing out on some delicious summertime socializing. If you want to make the most of the city's pedestrian-friendly Open Streets initiative, we suggest a day spent strolling along Orchard, where you can hop from one al fresco hot spot to another without running into the same vibe twice. Brunch, dinner, cocktails, and people-watching? This strip's got it all. 

[Photo via @yuniquezone]