New York is not hurting in the beer garden department these days, but perhaps the most intriguing one is about to lose a certain je ne sais quoi.

The Lot on Tap, Tom Colicchio’s outdoor drinking patio under the newly extended northern end of the High Line that made a cameo in this fun NYC Saturday afternoon lunch spots thread, is about to witness the closing of the extremely trippy “Rainbow City” installation by FriendsWithYou. Somewhere between Teletubbies and The City of Lost Children in style, the giant inflated plastic creatures are quite the things to ponder while munching on offerings from the Lot on Tap’s cement yard, whether it’s a Maine-style roll from the Red Hook Lobster Pound or a drippy Coolhaus ice cream sandwich.

Mr. Colicchio has assembled some seriously buzzed-about mobile vendors in the space: Some days visitors might see Taïm, and the next Korilla BBQ. Kimchi Taco and the Rickshaw Dumpling truck have also made cameos. The space gets packed by 7:30, but you can email the Lot ahead of time to reserve tables for groups of friends. Though the exhibit closes July 5, the Lot will remain open all summer. Follow the High Line on Twitter to check in on the eats (thanks to kathryn for the tip!). Draft beers from vendors like Captain Lawrence and Sixpoint are $7, which is sadly standard for Manhattan these days, so we guess we should be grateful.

The Lot on Tap [Chelsea]
10th Avenue and W. 30th Street, Manhattan

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