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25 Great Places To Eat Outside Right Now

PHOTO: Noah Devereaux

After six months of wearing the same three pairs of jeans and hating everyone you know that lives in LA, life in NYC is finally great again. We’ve made it to spring. It’s both an exciting and confusing time - your skin hasn’t seen the sun in so long, and you don’t remember how to even go about finding places to hang outside. But don’t worry, we’ve been preparing for this very moment so that we can lead you in the right direction.

Here are 25 excellent places to eat outside right now. What a time to be alive.

the spots

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8.1
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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 as hell, it’s open all day, and the food’s great - this is a killer outdoor move for any meal.

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Dante

Greenwich Village
79-81 MacDougal St.
8.3
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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.

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8.0
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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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7.7
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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.

5

Milk & Roses

Greenpoint
1110 Manhattan Ave
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Outdoor Situation: back garden

One really good reason to start spending more time in Greenpoint? There are an impressive number of outdoor eating and drinking spots. And Milk & Roses is an excellent example - its back garden is straight-up beautiful, the food is Italian-leaning and very solid, and they even have bottomless brunch. We like when all the good things in life come together in one place.

6

Hearth

East Village
403 E. 12th St.
7.9
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Outdoor Situation: sidewalk seating

Hearth’s menu recently got an overhaul, just in time for it to be enjoyed outside. Do know that you’re going to spend more here than its deep East Village location might have you believe, but if you’re looking for a serious Italian meal with a still-laid-back feel then this is your spot.

7

The Cannibal

Murray Hill
113 E. 29th St.
8.1
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Outdoor Situation: back patio

Murray Hill people, you may not have much, but at least you have The Cannibal: excellent, meat-centric food and an impressive beer selection, plus a very chill patio on which to enjoy it.

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8

June Wine Bar

231 Court St
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Outdoor Situation: back patio/garden

We try to avoid talking in superlatives, but June Wine Bar is probably - ok, it just is - the best casual date spot in the Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill/Carroll Gardens area. The interior space is pretty perfect, but you’re coming here for the patio/garden situation now that it’s warm. The wines are interesting and affordable, the cocktails are awesome, and the small plates are excellent.

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7.5
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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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10

Loosie Rouge

91 S 6th St
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Outdoor Situation: back patio

If Loosie Rouge were a person, you’d definitely want to hang out with her. She makes killer fried chicken, she knows her way around a cocktail, and she throws a great party. And that back patio? How come Loosie gets to have everything?!?

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8.5
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Outdoor Situation: sidewalk seating

Seamore’s outdoor seating isn’t just a few rickety chairs and tables - this is prime sidewalk action: 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.

12

Threes Brewing

333 Douglass St
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Outdoor Situation: big back patio

If you live anywhere in the vicinity of Threes, there’s a good chance it’s already heavy in your rotation - but thankfully it’s hard to get bored of it, because the food is always changing, and it’s always good. And now that it’s warm outside, there’s yet another reason to become a regular at Threes: its awesome, sprawling back patio.

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13
8.6
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Outdoor Situation: back garden

Guacamole? Check. Strong margaritas? Check. Grasshopper tacos? Yeah, those too. But most importantly, The Black Ant has an excellent back patio. And it’s typically pretty open. Let’s just keep this one between us.

14
8.2
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Outdoor Situation: patio

Fact: barbecue tastes better when eaten outside. And Morgan’s BBQ’s front porch action is the ideal setting for it. Come with a big group, get a picnic table, and eat your weight in meats.

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6.6
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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.

16

Santina

Meatpacking District
820 Washington St.
8.0
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Outdoor Situation: top-notch sidewalk seating

When eating outside, you have to be prepared to give up the plushy comforts that you get inside a restaurant. At Santina, though, that’s not the case - this restaurant’s outdoor situation is just as well-executed as its interior: your table won’t be wobbly, your server will be attentive, and there are plenty of umbrellas to save your skin. On top of that, this is the kind of food that feels like it should be eaten outside (or really, on an Italian beach - but the Santina sidewalk is the next best thing).

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17
8.7
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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 is 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.

18
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.

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19

Barbuto

West Village
775 Washington St.
8.5
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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.

20

Bricolage

Park Slope
162 5th Ave.
7.6
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Outdoor Situation: back patio

The food (modern Vietnamese) at Bricolage is pretty good - but you’re really coming here for the patio. Just look at that thing.

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7.9
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Outdoor Situation: back patio

Watching the texts come through on your group chat is painful right now: a few of you just want to drink, a few of you are starving, and everyone demands to be outside. And now we’re at the point in our story where you make the call that you’re all going to The Jeffrey.

22

Mekelburg's

293 Grand Ave.
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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.

23
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.

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Forrest Point

970 Flushing Ave.
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Outdoor Situation: indoor/outdoor space; patio

Like any good indoor/outdoor spot, Forrest Point in Bushwick is a place you can easily just sit and hang for hours. The drinks are good, and the random (in a good way) menu has you covered whether you’re feeling a pork sandwich or quinoa.

Photo: Ashley Sears
25
8.9
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Outdoor Situation: back patio

On any given day or night, Vinegar Hill House’s back patio ranks among our all-time favorite places to be. Come here right when they open to make sure you get a table, bring some bug spray, and get the pork chop. Or a pasta. Actually, it doesn’t matter what you get. You’ll love it.

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