The sun is out. You're finally off work. (Or have managed to get out of bed on a Saturday.) You don't have a plan but you know you want to be outside. And your group chat of 10 people can't seem to come up with anything.
Look no further. Here are some of our favorite spots to eat or drink outside, with room for all your friends (and then some).
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Royale is still home of the best burger and the best patio in the East Village. On any given summer day, this is the place we’re most likely to want to hang out, drink, and eat with a group. By this point, it kind of feels like our backyard, and if you spend enough time here it’ll feel like yours too.
After a group hang in Prospect Park, you can’t do much better than burgers on the back patio at Rose’s.
Nowadays is a big outdoor space in Ridgewood opened by people who know how to do summer right: the founders of the Mister Sunday (a weekly party where people gather amongst friends and strangers to dance the day away). Most days of the week, Nowadays is an awesome place to just kick back over good food, good drinks, and good music - but this year, for the first time, Mister Sunday will also be hosted here. So if your crew is looking to dance? On Sundays, Nowadays is your spot.
Want to eat outside on the Upper East Side? You’ll have to get in line with all the other people trying to sit at those precious two sidewalk tables at basically every restaurant here. Luckily, Service Station brings a big outdoor terrace and communal tables (as well as pizza) to a neighborhood that badly needed them.
When wrangling a group, you want to pick a location that has a little something for everyone - and that’s what Greenwood Park is here for. There are great beers, good bar snacks, tons of outdoor (as well as indoor) space, and even bocce.
When it gets really hot, you have two options: get to a roof, or get to the water. Brooklyn Barge Bar is your best option in Brooklyn for the latter. As its name implies, it’s a bar on a barge, floating on the East River. The food isn’t much to speak of, but the skyline views more than make up for it. Bonus: it’s within steps of Paulie Gee’s.
Threes has a lot going for it: an awesome beer selection (that they brew themselves), a giant back patio, and a location not too far from the Barclays center (so everyone in your crew can get there pretty easily on the subway). If you live anywhere nearby, you’ll probably be here often - but that just means you’ll get to try more of the always-rotating awesome food selection.
Union Pool, don’t ever change. We count on you for afternoon outdoor drinking, nighttime outdoor drinking, and tacos all the time. And for that, we are grateful.
Finding a spot for you and your closest 30 friends is no easy task, but Harlem Tavern is here to make things easy on you in northern Manhattan. More space than you’ll know what to do with, plus great beers and burgers.
Bushwick has something that Manhattan never will: space. Lots and lots of space. Forrest Point, a giant indoor/outdoor spot, is a prime example. This is a place you can hang with a group for hours, thanks to good drinks, good food, and good vibes.
Freehold is a giant, hangar-like space that feels like the unofficial country club of Williamsburg. Start your day here with coffee and work (free wifi), and tell your friends to meet you here for oudoor corn hole and ping pong. It’s like reliving your college glory days.
Lavender Lake is one of those places you could roll into with 30 people, and it still wouldn't feel crowded. The outdoor area is extremely pleasant, and there's also a very large inside, should the weather turn. Get an order of brussels sprouts to go around.
Located basically under the Roosevelt Island Tram and featuring a "cocktail lab" run by someone called "The Bearded Alchemist," The Jeffrey is not the topic of an SNL Stefon skit. Instead, it's a relaxed bar with a backyard beer garden. This is a good one for people who get excited about beer, or for any time you need to drink with a crew in Midtown East.
When's the last time you drank outside while looking out at the Statue of Liberty? Exactly. That's what goes down at Pier A Harbor House, a cruise ship-sized building at the southern tip of Manhattan. The large outdoor area tends to turn into a bit of a rager on summer Saturdays.
There's nothing worse than a bunch of drunk, sweaty people trying to split a bill. Fortunately, that's not a problem at Berg'n, the beer hall/gathering place run by the people behind Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea. Everyone can get their own food at one of the vendors inside, and there's a full bar as well.
Good for big beers, good for big pretzels and other German food, great for big groups. Head to the back to access the beer garden.
This Clinton Hill/Prospect Heights bar is an ideal central meeting point for people coming from north Brooklyn and more southern parts of the borough any time of year, but the fenced in outdoor area is particularly great in summer. Grab a cocktail and then grab a seat at one of the picnic tables.
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