Often, weekends involve a need for brunch. They also often involve a need to be outside. And when both needs can be accomplished at the same time, it's a beautiful thing.
Here are some of our favorite places to double down on eggs and pancakes while soaking up the sun (or hiding under an umbrella). Efficiency at its finest.
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Want to feel like you're in an Italian beach town, without leaving downtown Manhattan? Sit outside at Santina. Afterwards, take a walk on the Highline. Perfect summer day, complete.
Large, partially covered, and covered with greenery: it's about all you can ask for in an outdoor brunch spot. There are plenty of brunch classics on Aurora’s menu, but it's also a great option if you'd rather eat a salad or even some pasta on a Saturday afternoon.
Anella’s outdoor situation feels like it could be your friend’s backyard (if your friends didn’t all live in NYC). The menu is full of simple, satisfying choices whether you’re feeling a salad, sandwich, eggs, or something sweet. And the patio is a big, relaxed space full of greenery, with partial covering and even ceiling fans to keep your brunch from being a sweaty one.
The West Village has it all - cobblestone streets, pretty people, a disproportionate collection of delicious restaurants. But it doesn't have that many good restaurants with outdoor seating that's more than three two-tops on the street. Enter Hudson Clearwater, a semi-hidden American restaurant with an extremely charming garden and great food.
Narcissa's fresh, almost healthy food is best enjoyed in the restaurant's big garden. This isn't a rickety-chair-on-some-cracked-pavement situation: there are couches, hanging lights, and even some real trees.
There are distinct tiers of outdoor brunching, and Vinegar Hill House belongs at the very top. It’s perfect for everything from impressing your mom, to impressing your significant other, to impressing an out-of- towner. It also comes with a built-in post-eating activity: walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.
Few restaurants are lucky enough to have one outdoor eating situation. But two outdoor eating situations? Cafe Colette has it made. And you will too, whether you eat on their prime people-watching positioned sidewalk, or in their lovely back garden. Get the burger.
Walter Foods isn’t new. Nor is it trendy. Nor will you see an avocado toast on the menu. But that’s exactly why we keep coming back to it for any meals that call for eating outside. It’s comfortable, it’s unpretentious, and their back patio is awesome.
Find yourself wanting brunch outside at 4pm on a Thursday? We may not be freelancers ourselves, but we support your lifestyle. And so does Rabbithole. Serving brunch daily until 5pm, you can have your pick of a very well-rounded menu and enjoy it on their great, umbrella-covered back patio.
Fair Weather Bushwick is a tiny coffee shop-turned-restaurant with a peaceful back patio perfect for relaxed brunch hangs. If you live in the area, this spot should be in your rotation. And if you’re looking for a spot to start a day of summer exploration in a new hood, Fair Weather is a great choice.
Sometimes, you’re looking for a brunch scene - but more often, you’re looking for a comfortable place to eat some eggs and pancakes at 1pm where you could totally wear your pajamas without judgment. Preferably outside. And that’s exactly what Lighthouse is here for. Serving everything from ceviche to grilled vegetables to a pretty great burger, their big outdoor sidewalk tables are the ideal setting for a laid-back brunch in Williamsburg.
You might ignore us when we tell you to go to brunch at the very top of Greenpoint. But if you do, you’ll be missing out on one of the best back gardens in the entire city. And if that alone isn’t enough to convince you, the bottomless mimosa situation should do the trick.
This French spot in Williamsburg not only has a rooftop, it also has a big, glassed-in courtyard room. Wherever you sit, it's going to be bright and beautiful. This should be your first stop in escaping the crowds (and the stroller mob) packing Bedford Ave.
Lafayette not only serves delicious food all day, it also has one of the largest and most impressive sidewalk seating situations, complete with covered awnings for maximum comfort. Eating a croque madame outside is advisable all days of the week.
A not-boring outdoor brunch on the Upper East Side that's not just some rickety chairs on 2nd Avenue? Such things do exist. Hit the back garden at Toloache 82 for ceviches, tacos, and huevos rancheros on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Cookshop is one of those restaurants that's great any time of day, any time of year, thanks to a constantly rotating seasonal menu and a great space. But it's in top form during the warmer months, during the day, when you can sit outside in the large sidewalk seating area.
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