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75 Great Places To Eat Outside Right Now

Summer Guide
2018
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We’ve made it to summer. It’s both an exciting and confusing time - you haven’t been this sweaty in months, and finding a restaurant now means deciding between air conditioning and looking for a pleasant place to be outside. When you choose the latter, use this guide. Here are 75 excellent places to eat outside right now.

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Outdoor Situation: Big Courtyard

Every summer, there’s a pop-up restaurant in the big courtyard outside of the High Line Hotel in Chelsea. This year, it’s a seafood-focused place called The Golden Hour. It’s from the same people behind Maison Premiere, and, like that classic bar, The Golden Hour has great cocktails and a lot of obscure oyster varieties with names like “Pink Moon” and “Duxbury Standards.” They also serve crudo, roasted chicken, and clam pasta - but that isn’t why you come here. You come to eat oysters and drink a frozen negroni in an outdoor space with more plants than your average greenhouse. When you grab a little table beneath a striped umbrella here, it’s easy to imagine that you’re at the beach - which is impressive, given that this place is just a few feet off 10th Avenue.

Celestine

DUMBO
1 John St
7.6
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Outdoor Situation: Large Patio With A View

Celestine is a Mediterranean restaurant with panoramic views of the city, the Manhattan Bridge, and all the wedding parties in Brooklyn Bridge Park. But unlike most other Dumbo waterfront restaurants, this one feels like a neighborhood spot where you can eat a casual dinner while you stare out at the water. The food is mostly shareable dishes like Turkish dumplings and various dips - and, despite the special-occasion worthy view, you can easily eat here on a weeknight.

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Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

If you want to meet up with a group on Nantucket (even if you’ve never been to Nantucket) for a long weekend but that’s not going to happen, Cape House is a good consolation option. The outdoor seafood shack between Bushwick and East Williamsburg has picnic tables, cocktails on tap, lots of wine and beer options, and everything from a raw bar to fish and chips. They’ll likely be playing Mos Def two notches louder than they need to, which makes it a great option for outdoor drinking with a big group.

Charlie Bird

SoHo
5 King St.
8.7
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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Charlie Bird is quietly New York’s coolest restaurant - hip hop soundtrack, perfect service, great food, and an awesome feel overall. In the summer, they take over a pretty big chunk of sidewalk and bring the party outside.

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

This Israeli spot gets pretty packed at brunch, so if you try to stop by on a sunny weekend afternoon, you will most likely wind up waiting for a table while you watch other people eat things like shakshuka, savory pancakes, and hummus with lamb ragu. But this food is worth waiting for - Reunion is one of our favorite brunch places in Williamsburg.

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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

If you want to hang out on the Brooklyn waterfront and sit on a big patio beneath a striped awning while you eat things like burrata pizza and steak tartare, try Cecconi’s. It’s an enormous restaurant with velvet chairs and chandeliers, and it has a bunch of seating along the promenade between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Try it for a brunch with people who occasionally like to get dressed up, or come for the Aperitivo Hour (Tuesday-Friday, 4-7pm) when lots of snacks and cocktails are discounted.

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Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Sally Roots in Bushwicks works for a lot of eating situations. It’s great for a casual weeknight dinner, and it’s perfect for a night out with friends when you want to have several cocktails with your food and listen to loud music. There’s a big backyard - so, if it’s nice out and you want some good, affordable Carribean food, make a trip here.

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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

If you don’t have your own neighborhood Italian place, or if you just prefer the West Village to whatever neighborhood you live in, there’s always Malatesta. It’s a cash-only spot on Washington Street where you can sit at a table on the sidewalk, eat some really good gnocchi, and probably see somebody that you recognize from either a dating app or a bar that you frequent.

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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Best-case scenario, it’s a just a little bit cold when you go to grab dinner at Win Son. That way, the outdoor tables might not be taken, and you can just sit out there and wear an extra sweater. This is a Taiwanese restaurant, and it has some of the best food you’ll find in East Williamsburg. Have some pork buns and a beef roll, and get some pea shoots and scallion pancakes for the table.

Outdoor Situation: Waterfront Park

Tacocina is a taco spot from the people behind Shake Shack, which would be exciting on its own. But it’s also located in Domino Park, a new outdoor space on the water in Williamsburg, and they have a bunch of picnic tables with great views of the river and Manhattan. So don’t be surprised if you wait in line for over an hour just to order. Once your time comes, get the fried mushroom and shrimp tacos and some small plates like cheese chicharrones and chips and guacamole. The tacos are fine, but you’re really here to drink margaritas with friends on the water - especially if you have one friend who’s willing to get here early and wait in line for you.

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Harlem Tavern

Harlem
2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd
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Outdoor Situation: Patio

If you’re planning an outdoor hang uptown for more friends than Aunt Nancy has in her entire Facebook network, you might as well automatically default to Harlem Tavern. The food is better than your average bar food (with a solid burger), but the reason to come here is the giant front patio. They do a bunch of different open-bar price packages (that start at $30 per person for beer and wine for two hours) as long as you have a minimum of 10 people.

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

This mostly-pizza place is great for group dinners in their patio because they’re fine with you hanging out for a while at your table and everything is shareable. As a bonus, you can bring your crew to Bar Lunatico across the street after dinner. You can see it from Saraghina’s door, and they have live music and another great back patio.

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Lighthouse

Williamsburg
145 Borinquen Pl
8.8
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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Cafe

Lots of places fill their sidewalk cafes with small, two-person tables, but not Lighthouse. Maybe that’s because they couldn’t find any small tables. Or maybe it’s because it’s easier to set out a few long tables and call it day. Either way, this is where you should be eating a kind-of-healthy casual dinner with a group when you want to sit outside in Williamsburg. They also do an oyster Happy Hour until 7pm on weekdays.

Cookshop

Chelsea
156 10th Ave.
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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Cookshop has a big outdoor seating area, and you’ll usually find a crowd there. This is a much-loved place in Chelsea that’s good for groups, dinner with parents, brunch with friends, and just about any other fairly casual scenario. Everyone should be able to find something to eat here, whether it’s a pizza with some vegetables on it or a lamb burger.

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Outdoor Situation: Backyard

Nargis’ big backyard is a great place for a casual outdoor meal in Park Slope. The Uzbek food, which ranges from hummus to pumpkin-filled puff-pastries to spicy noodle soups with lamb, is all very good, and the restaurant is also just a few blocks from the Barclays Center. Take advantage before you see Drake (or Phil Collins) this summer.

Narcissa

East Village
21 Cooper Square
8.6
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Outdoor Situation: Big Back Patio

When someone needs a place to bring parents, or a restaurant to take someone who doesn’t eat meat, or a spot that’s cool (but not crazy hard to get into), we tend to suggest Narcissa. It also happens to have a really nice backyard that’s both full of plants and hidden from the street. So if you want to eat something outside and pretend you live somewhere less stressful, try this place. It’s in the bottom of the Standard East Village, and it’s a little pricey, but you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune here.

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Fonda

Park Slope
434 7th Ave

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

You’re seeing The Decemberists or Spoon at the Prospect Park Bandshell and you want a place to eat a real dinner beforehand. Fonda is a solid Mexican spot on 7th Avenue with shareable dishes like chile rellenos and enchiladas with dark mole. Get a table in the backyard and try any of the eight types of margaritas.

Uva

Upper East Side
1486 2nd Ave
7.3
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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Cafe, Back Patio

If you want to eat outdoors at Uva, you have a couple options. You can either sit on the sidewalk out front, or you can get a table in the greenhouse-like space in back. Unless you like to keep track of how congested our New York City streets are, you’ll probably prefer the latter. Bring a date to this UES neighborhood Italian spot, and go heavy on the pasta.

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Outdoor Situation: Rooftop

On multiple occasions, people who have been to Llama Inn have asked us if there’s a rooftop at Llama Inn. The answer is: yes. There’s a little patio with a bar and a handful of tables, although it’s easy to come here and never realize that it exists. They don’t serve the full menu up there, but they do have some Peruvian skewers and ceviches, and, more importantly, they have good cocktails. Stop by for a relatively quiet rooftop experience the next time you want to be outdoors in Williamsburg.

Outdoor Situation: Backyard

If you walked outside and took a poll to see which random pedestrians have heard of Ammazzacaffe, you wouldn’t find many. Which is strange, because this is a very good Italian restaurant in Williamsburg with an open kitchen, a high-ceilinged dining room, and a spacious backyard. You can eat a plate of pasta and drink some wine at a picnic table back, and, seeing as this is still mostly just a neighborhood place, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a seat.

The Bonnie

29-12 23rd Ave
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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating and Big Backyard

Unless you’ve been dating for several years, a date at a pub generally isn’t the best idea. But when the pub has tiled floors, exposed brick walls, potted plants, and a big backyard with picnic tables and umbrellas, it might just work. That’s what The Bonnie is like, and it also has a big dinner menu with everything from burrata and steak to tacos and cheese fries. And since this is consistently one of the busiest places in Astoria, you can probably meet someone else here if your date doesn’t go well.

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Outdoor Situation: Big Backyard

Without the backyard, Gran Electrica would still be a good restaurant. It’s just a very big bonus that there’s also a big outdoor space with strings of lights and large brick wall covered in ivy. If you live or work in Dumbo, stop by and eat some tacos in the backyard before the sun goes down. Or, if it’s a weekend and you’re taking in the scenery of the Brooklyn waterfront, get some brunch and margaritas here.

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Pye Boat Noodle

Astoria
35-13 Broadway

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Not every Thai place leaves a bottle of fish sauce and caddy of condiments on your table, but Pye Boat Noodle does. And that’s part of the reason why we like this place. We also like the fact that they serve some excellent noodle soups and great little appetizers, and they have a blender behind the bar with which they will make you a tiki drink. If it’s nice out, have one (along with some boat noodles) in the backyard.

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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

If you want some high-quality food close to Central Park in a place that still feels casual, get one of the outdoor tables at The East Pole. This Upper East Side spot serves a bunch of healthy options all day, along with a very good bacon cheeseburger with duck fat steak fries.

If you’re not already aware of June Wine Bar, we’re sorry. But at least you’re reading this now, and you can make up for lost time. This extremely charming Cobble Hill bar has excellent cocktails, a long and interesting natural wine list, impressive small plates, and most importantly - a back garden with comfortable seating and lots of twinkly lights.

Outdoor Situation: Rooftop

Northern Territory is an Australian bar that has a big roof with views of Manhattan. The only catch is that it’s in Greenpoint, and most people don’t think very highly of the G train. But if you’re willing to head over, you’ll be rewarded with one of the better casual rooftops in Brooklyn. They also serve brunch and dinner, and there’s room for all your friends.

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Outdoor Situation: Backyard and Front Patio

A good backyard in the East Village is somewhat hard to come by. But the Mermaid Inn on Second Avenue has one that’s surrounded by a white picket fence and is filled with plants. Come for Happy Hour, when oysters are $1.25 and wines by the glass are $7. If you want a prime seat in the backyard, you should get here early, because we’re not the only ones who know about this place. But if the backyard is full, you can always eat your seafood (which is mostly what they serve here) on the little patio out front.

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Leyenda is a Latin-American cocktail bar in Cobble Hill, and they specialize in drinks made with tequila, mezcal, and rum. If you don’t like any of those things however, they have other drinks - plus, there’s a bunch of food. So you can sit in the little backyard, have a well-made cocktail, and snack on some things like al pastor tacos, mole enchiladas, and tres leches cake.

Extra Fancy

Williamsburg
302 Metropolitan Ave.

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

If you want a big outside space with food that’s actually enjoyable, Extra Fancy is just about the best you can do in Williamsburg. The seafood at Extra Fancy is good all year, but this place is at its best in the summer, when they have their big back patio set up. They stay open late and their lobster bisque fries will leave you feeling disgruntled with all other French fries.

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Outdoor Situation: Front Patio

If you spend time around Union Square, you’ve probably noticed the building with columns at the north end that looks like either a Roman bathhouse or an extension of Scarface’s Miami residence. As of this summer, that’s where you’ll find USQ Bocce. It’s a big indoor/outdoor restaurant just outside of Union Square Park with a lot of tables and a few bocce courts on the patio out front. They serve pizza, pasta, and crudo, all of which goes well with the negronis and spritzes that you will inevitably drink when you’re here.

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Outdoor Situation: Elevated Park

When you watch a movie set in the future, you tend to see some really nice city planning. There might be a monorail or a bunch of hovercrafts that aren’t running into each other, and there might also be some nice, green public spaces mixed in with all the buildings. And that’s what Mister Dips feels like. This is a burger place in a retro airstream trailer, and it’s in a public park that’s up a set of stairs beneath the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. You can camp out on some grass and stare at the Manhattan skyline while you eat a burger and some soft serve with salted peanut butter sauce.

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Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Beebe’s is in the bottom of the Boro Hotel, which happens to be on a fairly quiet, residential block of Long Island City. Because of the location, it’s not impossible to get into - which is great, considering the fact that they serve some very good Italian food, including some pizzas we like a lot. There’s also a nice back area with some couches and a couple of tables, and they serve their full menu back there.

Outdoor Situation: Huge Patio

Regardless of your reasons for enjoying bars with activities, Greenwood Park is an ideal spot for a large hang outside that might as well come with a printed schedule of events. This South Slope beer garden has bocce courts and enough space to conceivably play a game of hide and-seek. There’s also some solid bar food, a quaint string-light setup, and plenty of picnic tables for when you bocce too hard.

Evelina

Fort Greene
211 Dekalb Ave
7.9
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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

If you live in Fort Greene, you have a few different neighborhood Italian spots to choose from. Evelina is a great one. Sit at a table on the sidewalk, and eat whatever pasta currently comes with copious amounts of seafood.

Lafayette

NOHO
380 Lafayette St
8.1
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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Any restaurant can put a couple of tables and chairs on the sidewalk and call it outdoor seating. But Lafayette holds the unique title of having the best sidewalk seating in New York City. There’s tons of space and shade, and it’s set up far enough away from the street that you’ll be able to quiet your ever-present fear of being hit by a rogue bicycle delivery guy. All that, and the upscale French food is reliably great.

Sauvage

Greenpoint
905 Lorimer Street
8.0
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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Sauvage looks like a big French cafe - they have a bunch of tables out front where you can sit, watch people, and eat some steak with a side of fries. Come for dinner or stop by for brunch and have a burger or French toast. Sauvage is right at the bottom of Greenpoint, so you’ll have a nice view of both McCarren Park and a five-way intersection. It’s also from the same people who own Maison Premiere, and it’s another nice place to hang out for a while and eat good food.

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Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

If you owned a brownstone in Brooklyn, you’d want the backyard to look like LaRina’s. It’s paved in checkered tile, and there’s a brick wall covered in vines. It’s also quiet and peaceful, and you might see the owner walking around speaking Italian to the servers (because everyone’s Italian). So come here and eat pasta already.

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Outdoor Situation: Big Patio

During the warmer months, Habana Outpost is one big backyard hang. The yard itself is probably five times larger than the indoor space, and there’s a food truck out there where you can pick up a burrito, a Cuban sandwich, or their excellent corn. This place is perfect for groups and kids, and they screen outdoor movies some nights from May through October.

Frankies (457) Spuntino

457 Court St.
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Outdoor Situation: Backyard

As a rule, a neighborhood Italian place is generally not worth travelling for. But Frankies in Cobble Hill is an exception. We’d travel several miles for their cavatelli with housemade sausage, and we also appreciate the fact that it always smells strongly of Italian food in here. But the best thing about Frankies 457 is probably the backyard. It’s tree-lined and surrounded by brick walls, and it’s perfect for anyone who watched Call Me By Your Name or saw a tourism poster for Tuscany and thought, “I’d like to eat outdoors in the Italian countryside right now.”

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Barbuto

West Village
775 Washington St.
8.0
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Outdoor Situation: Indoor/Outdoor Space & Sidewalk Seating

Barbuto is great year-round, but it’s in its true prime as soon as the garage doors open up and the whole restaurant has an open-air feel. Get there early enough and you might even be able to grab the seats that are fully outdoors. That spot, plus a plate of pasta, plus a glass of wine equals an ideal meal at any time of day.

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Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Aurora is the Williamsburg equivalent of all those neighborhood Italian joints in the East Village (Frank, Supper, etc.), and it’s a good move for date night. If you wind up here, check out the outdoor patio that’s covered in walls of green ivy. Come eat some Italian food outdoors and let the breeze from the East River waft over you while you appreciate the fact that the East River doesn’t smell as bad as it should.

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Outdoor Situation: Front Patio

It doesn’t matter how old you are, or where you live, or whether you’ve had pizza twice already this week - going to L&B Spumoni and eating pizza and ice cream outside is one of the better things you can do with a summer Saturday. This place has a giant patio with a takeout window serving some of the most delicious pizza in the whole city. Order the Sicilian (it’s the closest thing to pizza lasagna we’ve ever eaten) and end your meal with their famous spumoni, knowing that you might end up falling asleep on the subway home.

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Outdoor Situation: Courtyard Patio

Sushi by Bou has a couple different locations, and they operate them the same way: for $50, you get a 12-piece omakase, and you have 30 minutes to eat it. For the quality of fish (and wagyu), it’s a good deal, and now you can eat outdoors at the Sushi By Bou popup at the Jue Lan Club in the Flatiron District. It’s in a courtyard surrounded by an old brick building that used to be a church, and you have to get a seat at the bar (not at one of the tables) in order to have the omakase. You also have to text this number in order to get a reservation: (917) 870-1587.

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Outdoor Situation: Front Patio

If you hang out around Williamsburg or Greenpoint, then you already know the easiest way to eat a meal outdoors: pick up a bodega sandwich (or a better alternative) and take it to McCarren Park. But if you’re looking for something that’s a little more upscale, you should know about Annicka. It’s a new restaurant with a big front patio looking out onto McCarren Park, and they brew their own beer and grow their own produce on an urban farm underneath the Williamsburg Bridge. They also serve everything from vegan black-eyed pea fritters to a pork chop with anchovy aioli, and all of it is really good.

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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

The outdoor part of Marlow & Sons isn’t huge, but maybe that’s why we like it so much. It’s more intimate. In the front of the space, there’s a little cafe where you can sit with one other person and watch the people of Williamsburg walk down Broadway. And, afterwards, you can take a walk along the waterfront, and maybe get some ice cream at OddFellows, depending on how cliché and romantic you’re feeling. Marlow & Sons has been around for many years now, and it’s still one of our favorite spots in this part of Brooklyn.

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Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

It isn’t fancy, but we’re big fans of the yard here. It’s kind of rickety, but in a good way - like a backyard that was abandoned for a while before someone swept it up and threw in some furniture. The food is also some of our favorite stuff in this part of Brooklyn. Classic Sunday activity: walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, then come here. Your date will like it, and so will most parents.

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Outdoor Situation: Rooftop

If your summer requirements involve drinking on top of a building in Manhattan while the sun is high in the sky, this rooftop bar at the Thompson Hotel on the LES is for you. It gets crowded on the weekends, so we’d recommend showing up on the early side to enjoy things like beer slushies, Japanese street snacks, and ping pong. Plus, there are plenty of tables in the shade for when it gets to hour three of the day and you’ve ended up drunkenly ordering sashimi and a Kirin popsicle.

Rabbithole

352 Bedford Ave
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Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Rabbithole is a neighborhood spot - nothing fancy, just the type of place where you can stop in, get seated, and eat a solid meal. Have a burger, a salad, or a nice piece of fish. The patio is very pleasant, and not so small that you’ll have to wait two hours to eat on it. It’s good for a low-key dinner when you need to sit outside and congratulate yourself on the fact that you made it through the winter without moving to Los Angeles.

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Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Most good things can be found in excess in the West Village. Brunch places, pasta places, cocktail places - the West Village has tons of them. But great places to eat outside? Strangely, not so much. Hudson Clearwater is here to save the day. It’s quaint, it’s open all day, and the food’s great - this is an outdoor move for any meal.

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Outdoor Situation: Backyard

Eating in the backyard of Claro makes you feel like you’ve left New York City for some other place that has two things you rarely find here: a big outdoor space, and really outstanding Mexican food. On any given night, you can find us closing our eyes and pretending like we’re sitting at Claro’s outdoor bar, underneath some twinkly lights, with a mezcal cocktail in hand, watching our tortillas being made on an open flame in front of us.

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Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Royale might not be trendy, new, or particularly exciting - but that’s why we love it. This is still one of the best patios and best burgers in the East Village. There’s tons of seating, the food and drinks are pretty cheap, there are sports on TV inside, and did we mention the burger?

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Pearl's

Williamsburg
178 N 8th St

Outdoor Situation: Backyard

Pearl’s has everything you need for a group dinner: lots of outdoor space, picnic tables, Caribbean food, and pitchers of rum cocktails. Although, it’s just as good for day drinking. If you get here before 4pm, you can do bottomless brunch ($15 for an hour of all you can drink).

Dante

Greenwich Village
79-81 MacDougal St.
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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

You know how Paris is covered with all those adorable little cafes with woven chairs out front? Dante is the NYC version of them. It’s ideal for cocktails and small plates, and while there isn’t a ton of seating, if you’re lucky enough to grab a table for your group of two or four, it’s an excellent outdoor setup.

Outdoor Situation: Backyard

If you’re near Prospect Park, head to Dutch Boy in Crown Heights and get a diner-style burger with or without (but definitely with) an egg on top. They also make spiked milkshakes, and it’s connected to Franklin Park, a big indoor/outdoor bar that feels like a party on summer weekends.

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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Should you find yourself with simultaneous needs for pasta and to be outside, direct yourself to Bar Primi. Use it for either brunch or dinner.

Fada

Williamsburg
530 Driggs Ave

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating and Big Backyard

From the outside, Fada looks like another small, dark spot in Williamsburg that probably serves a cheese plate and mussels. And this assumption is probably what keeps this French spot from getting too crowded on the weekends, despite being close to McCarren Park and the Bedford L stop. But the real selling point of Fada is its big backyard that looks like a cross between a greenhouse and a private terrace in a Mediterranean villa. Make this the second stop on your casual McCarren Park date one-two punch.

Esme

Greenpoint
999 Manhattan Ave
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Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Esme is the best under-the-radar outdoor brunch spot in Brooklyn. Their back patio has tables both big and small, plus plenty of shade, and they make simple, good brunch food. The pancakes are some of the best in NYC, the avocado toast will actually fill you up, and the cocktails are strong and not too expensive. This is the outdoor brunch for brunch haters. Dinner is good, too.

Sugar Freak

Astoria
37-11 30th Ave

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Sugar Freak feels like a New Orleans-themed party, with lots of big groups drinking strong draft cocktails and sharing crawfish boils in a loud space with beads hanging from the light fixtures. The party doesn’t quite spill into the streets like in New Orleans, but they do have a bunch of picnic tables in a big seating area on the sidewalk out front.

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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Eating BBQ outside in New York City is a rare and special experience, because both BBQ and outdoor space are rare and special things. Morgan’s is a great spot to have brisket and ribs while getting sunshine and breathing somewhat-fresh air at the communal picnic tables on Flatbush. Also, if you’re heading back to Atlantic Terminal after spending the day flying kites in the park, it’s directly on the way.

The Cannibal

Murray Hill
113 E. 29th St.
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Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

The Cannibal is still one of the best places to eat in Murray Hill. Excellent, meat-centric food and an impressive beer selection, plus a very low-key patio on which to enjoy it.

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Oxomoco

Greenpoint
128 Greenpoint ave

Oxomoco is a Mexican restaurant in Greenpoint from the people behind Speedy Romeo, one of our favorite places to eat pizza in Brooklyn. They somehow picked their building up and placed it far away from the busy street, to make room for a great front patio where you should drink margaritas and eat fancy tacos this summer. And the interior is even better-looking, with high ceilings and plenty of hanging greenery. There’s a big menu of cocktails, and food ranging from tuna tostadas to asparagus tacos to a $95 steak. But so far, we think the best thing on the menu is the wood-fired half chicken, which comes with pickled onions, crispy rice, and tortillas for you to make your own tacos.

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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Avenue C is one of NYC’s great eating and drinking streets, and Esperanto pretty much sums it all up: good food, cheap drinks, and a party time vibe that makes you feel like anything could happen. Like flamenco dancing. Or being drunk by 10:30am.

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Outdoor Situation: Backyard

Krupa Grocery is the kind of all-day neighborhood spot you wish you had on your corner. You can stop by for lemon ricotta pancakes before power-walking the loop in Prospect Park, or you just relax in the backyard for a while. Get a glass (or bottle) from the accessible wine list, and the giant pot of mussels topped with lamb pancetta.

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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Seamore’s outdoor seating isn’t just a few rickety chairs and tables - this is a prime sidewalk setup: bright chairs, big striped umbrellas, and excellent Nolita people watching. And the kind of semi-healthy, light-ish food that’s ideal for eating in the sun.

Outdoor Situation: Big Back Patio

Threes Brewing is good for two kinds of people: those who like beer, and those who like summer. This is a brewery and bar with a great outdoor space full of two-tops and picnic tables where you can drink beers brewed on-site and eat food from The Meat Hook, like a double cheeseburger with raclette. There are always plenty of people here, but its location in the midst of brownstone Park Slope/Gowanus means you don’t have to worry about $18 Jack and Cokes or long waits to get in.

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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

A solid oyster happy hour, a great burger, fancy cocktails, and sidewalk seating. Sel Rrose has a slightly more upscale vibe that works well for semi-professional hangs - if you’re meeting a client or an old boss, this is a great option.

8.8
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Outdoor Situation: Big Back Patio

We get very sad when we meet people who have never tried Roberta’s because they’re convinced they’d never be able to get in. If you’re one of those people, listen closely: now that it’s warm, there’s tons more seating outside. And if the wait is still crazy, you can go next door to Roberta’s takeaway, order almost the entire menu, and then enjoy it in those same outdoor seats. If you’re really trying to avoid the crowds, definitely hit Roberta’s during the day.

Photo: David Weissman

Lavender Lake

Gowanus
383 Carroll St.
7.9
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Outdoor Situation: Huge Backyard

Even if you invite all of your office friends, their significant others, and the people you talk to from high school (granted, it’s not that many), you can still have a not-crowded group party outside at Lavender Lake. They have a bunch of picnic tables with umbrellas and you can even bring your dog. When it gets to the point in your time here when you want a snack, make sure to order several orders of brussels sprouts.

Photo: Ryan Muir
7.8
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Outdoor Situation: Patio

Our favorite British pub in NYC also happens to have a patio that’s rarely too crowded. We love Jones Wood Foundry because it’s useful for many situations, but we depend on it especially for daytime eating needs. And yes, you want the crumpets.

Photo: Ryan Muir

Bricolage

Park Slope
162 5th Ave.
7.6
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The modern Vietnamese food is good, and the cocktails are tasty, but the real reason Bricolage gets a spot on this list is its patio. Just look at that thing. It’s just waiting for your third date.

Santa Panza

Bushwick
1079 Broadway
7.9
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Santa Panza is a casual neighborhood pizza place near the Myrtle JMZ stop in Bushwick. They have a nice backyard where you should come with a date or a group and eat some very good pizza, pasta, and clams. You won’t have trouble getting a table, and your bill won’t give you anxiety.

Photo: Kate Previte

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Primarily a craft beer bar and gourmet grocery store, Mekelburg’s also has an excellent, relaxed back patio situation. And while you’d probably be happy to eat any of their groceries out there, they also make some great small plates and sandwiches.

7.4
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Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

We’ll take any excuse to eat a burger. And Rose’s gives you two of them: it’s the best thing on the menu, and you can eat it outside. Come here after a group hang in Prospect Park.

Photo: Noah Devereaux

The Roof

Gowanus
214 3rd St
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Outdoor Situation: Rooftop

The Roof is a big rooftop bar in Gowanus with a bunch of picnic tables, a nice view, and a good draft beer selection. Also, it’s on top of a Whole Foods. And, while it’s technically part of this Whole Foods, it’s a surprisingly nice place to hang out. There’s a big menu of burgers, salads, and various cheeses, and they also serve wine. The only catch is, you won’t sound very cool when you tell people that you’re hanging out at Whole Foods. But that’s why lying was invented.

Güeros

605 Prospect Pl
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Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Most Tex-Mex in NYC kind of (really) sucks, but Gueros - a counter-service spot in Crown Heights - is an exception. Grab some breakfast tacos on your way to or from the Botanic Garden a few blocks away and eat them at a table out front.

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