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77 Great Places To Eat Outside Right Now

Take advantage of the four-ish months of the year that aren’t freezing with our guide to NYC’s best restaurants with outdoor seating.

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Six months out of the year, you hide indoors like a fugitive or one of those birds in a cuckoo clock. But now it’s warm again, which means it’s time to buy some no-show socks, ask your doctor which SPF to wear, and spend as much time outdoors as possible. To help with that third goal, here’s a guide to the best places to eat outside right now - and we’ll keep adding more as additional restaurants pull their patio furniture out of storage.

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Outdoor Situation: Backyard Garden

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 and spicy noodle soups with lamb, is all very good, and the restaurant is also just a few blocks from the Barclays Center. Take advantage of this spot before you see The Black Keys (or The Backstreet Boys) this summer.

Win Son

$$$$ 159 Graham Ave

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Best-case scenario is that it’s a just a little bit cold when you head to Win Son for dinner. That way, the outdoor tables might not be taken, so you can double up on sweaters and claim one. This is a Taiwanese restaurant, and it has some of the best food you’ll find in East Williamsburg. If you’re with a group, get some pea shoots and scallion pancakes for the table. But no matter who you’re with (even if it’s just your phone), make sure to order some the pork buns and a beef roll.

Gran Electrica

$$$$
Mexican  in  BrooklynDUMBO
$$$$ 5 Front St.

Outdoor Situation: Big Backyard

Even if it didn’t have a backyard, Gran Electrica would still be a good restaurant. We’re just happy that things don’t have to come to that. Their big outdoor space has strings lights and a large brick wall covered in ivy, so it’s a nice place to eat some tacos in Dumbo while the sun goes down. Or, if it’s a weekend and you’re trying to impress some people near the Brooklyn waterfront, get some brunch and margaritas.

Bocce Union Square

$$$$
$$$$ 20 Union Sq W

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 summer 2018, that’s 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 pair nicely with negronis, spritzes, and the general feeling of summertime in the city.

Mister Dips

$$$$
$$$$ 111 N 12th St

Outdoor Situation: Elevated Park

Mister Dips is a burger place in a somewhat secret public park with real grass beneath the William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. They operate out of an airstream, which is cute, but the main draw here is the view of Brooklyn. Stare out at it while eating a burger or soft serve with salted peanut butter sauce.

L&B Spumoni Gardens

$$$$
Pizza  in  Gravesend
$$$$ 2725 86th St.

Outdoor Situation: Front Patio

It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you live, or if you’ve already had pizza twice this week - eating pizza and ice cream outside at L&B Spumoni Gardens is one of the best things you can do with a summer Saturday. This place has a giant patio with a takeout window that serves 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.

Vinegar Hill House

$$$$
American  in  BrooklynDUMBO
$$$$ 72 Hudson Ave.

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

It isn’t anything fancy, but we’re big fans of the yard at Vinegar Hill House. The chairs are rickety, but in a good way - like what you’d find in a garden that might inspire people to elope into the woods and start a family off the grid. This restaurant serves some of our favorite American food you can eat in this part of Brooklyn. For a classic Sunday summer activity, walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, then come here. Your date will like it, and so will most of your family.

Esme

$$$$
$$$$ 999 Manhattan Ave

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

This spot in Greenpoint is ideal for people who hate loud backyards and the loud people who hang out in them. That’s because it stays pretty quiet and laid-back here (mostly because people who don’t live in Greenpoint don’t know about it). Their back patio has tables both big and small, plus plenty of shade, and it’s where you should be having a low-key brunch or dinner in Greenpoint. At brunch, they make some of the best pancakes in the city, and during dinner you can get a nice salad or a steak with salsa verde and asparagus.

Santa Panza

$$$$
PizzaItalian  in  Bushwick
$$$$ 1079 Broadway

Outdoor Situation: Backyard

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.

The Roof

$$$$
$$$$ 214 3rd St

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 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.

Pearl's

$$$$
$$$$ 178 N 8th St

Outdoor Situation: Backyard

Pearl’s has everything you need for an outdoor group dinner: picnic tables, Caribbean food, and pitchers of rum cocktails. It is, however, just as useful during the day, especially because if you get here before 4pm, you can do bottomless brunch ($18 for an hour of all you can drink). And they also have a weekday Happy Hour from 4-8pm where select cocktails are $8.

Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden

$$$$ 187 Orchard St

Outdoor Situation: Rooftop

If your summer requirements involve going to as many rooftop bars as possible, you should know about this one at the Thompson Hotel on the LES. Blue Ribbon Kanpai Garden 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.

Sushi By Bou

$$$$
Sushi  in  Flatiron
$$$$ 49 W 20th St

Outdoor Situation: Courtyard Patio

Sushi by Bou has a handful of different locations, and they’re all formatted 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 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 can’t just show up without a reservation, so text this number in order to get one: 917-268-7268.

Habana Outpost

$$$$
$$$$ 757 Fulton St

Outdoor Situation: Big Patio

During the warmer months, Habana Outpost is one big backyard party. The yard itself is probably five times larger than the indoor space, and there are a bunch of picnic tables where you can take your burrito, Cuban sandwich, or some of their excellent corn. They show different movies outside every week and you can check their calendar here to see what’s playing (this summer, there’s Never Been Kissed, Goodfellas, and He Got Game). Habana Outpost is perfect for groups, kids, and dogs. Yes, they allow dogs.

La Esquina Brasserie

$$$$
Mexican  in  Nolita
$$$$ 114 Kenmare St.

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

The Mexican food at this counter-service taco spot is good, but the real selling point here is the casual seating situation. You can either take your food to go and eat it in the nearby park on Kenmare Street, or sit on a red folding chair on the sidewalk you could definitely buy at Home Depot. Despite having the energy of the kind of sidewalk place where people get drunk and start talking to strangers, there’s actually no alcohol on the menu at this location. So use this for a weeknight dinner with a coworker or someone you haven’t seen since they tried ayaguasca.

Yatenga

$$$$
French  in  Harlem
$$$$ 2269 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd

Outdoor Situation: Front Patio

If you want to have a pleasant experience that also involves a pleasantly small amount of money, sit at one of Yatenga’s communal outdoor tables, and order a $10 plate of excellent macaroni and cheese (which they make with bechamel sauce, parmesan, and parsley). That’s all you really need, but the rest of the menu at this French restaurant in Harlem has dishes like some grilled salmon with ratatouille, and beet tartare. It’s also worth pointing out that they do a daily Happy Hour until 8pm that involves $5 frozen margaritas and pina coladas, as well as $4 house wine and draft beer.

Gran Torino

$$$$
$$$$ 131 Berry St

Outdoor Situation: Backyard

Gran Torino is an Italian restaurant near the Bedford stop in Williamsburg that has a very large backyard with its very own outdoor bar. Considering this place is pretty much made for Williamsburg day drinking, the food is better than it needs to be. Head to the counter inside, where you can order personal Neapolitan pizzas, salads, and other Italian snacks. We like the kale caesar that’s not embarrassed about how many anchovies are in its dressing, and the personal-sized pizza with olives, mushrooms, and a nice blanket of prosciutto on top.

Cafe Du Soleil

$$$$
$$$$ 2723 Broadway

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

This is a neighborhood French bistro on the UWS with a decent amount of sidewalk seating, and a long list of French wines in the $20 range. If the idea of sitting on a wicker chair, and eating mussels in a dijonnaise sauce on a cool summer night makes you want to smoke a cigarette, we get it.

Chona Kasinger

Jeepney

$$$$
$$$$ 201 1st Ave.

Outdoor Situation: Backyard

Jeepney’s backyard is where you should be eating Filipino food and drinking large format rum cocktails under string lights this summer. It’s usually busy, the music is fun, and the food is generally under $20 per dish. Come here before a night out in the East Village, or at least for a meal before you ditch your friends who are going out in the East Village. As long as everyone you’re with eats meat (the menu is full of dishes like spam, pork shoulder stew with beef blood, a burger made with a mix of beef and sausage meat).

Pepolino

$$$$
$$$$ 281 W Broadway

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

This is the sort of neighborhood Italian place in Soho you might pass by and think, “Huh, I wonder if that place is any good.” We can tell you that the Tuscan food here is, in fact, quite good. And you can eat it on the sidewalk under a big red awning. We like this place for a leisurely lunch involving pesto fusilli and some mozzarella with basil and tomatoes, but it would work for most situations.

Michael Tulliipan

LaRina Pastificio & Vino

$$$$
$$$$ 387 Myrtle Ave

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 there’s even a functioning couch swing. So come here and eat pasta already.

Cookshop

$$$$
American  in  Chelsea
$$$$ 156 10th Ave.

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

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

Charlie Bird

$$$$
AmericanPastaItalian  in  SoHo
$$$$ 5 King St.

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Charlie Bird has a 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.

Malatesta Trattoria

$$$$
$$$$ 649 Washington Street

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, check out 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 someone you recognize from either a dating app or a bar that you frequent.

Cape House

$$$$ 2 Knickerbocker Ave

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

If you want to meet up with a group on Nantucket for a long weekend but that’s not going to happen, Cape House is a decent backup. This 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 ideal for outdoor drinking with a big group.

Mekelburg's

$$$$
$$$$ 293 Grand Ave.

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.

Mekelburg’s

$$$$
$$$$ 325 Kent Ave

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

The Williamsburg location of Mekelburg’s is also a specialty grocery store with really good sandwiches and a bar - but it has sidewalk seating, too. Come here for a casual brunch with kids, or for drinks and things like a wagyu roast beef sandwich or a baked potato with caviar at night. Another bonus: you can take your food to-go and sit in Domino Park across the street.

Harlem Tavern

$$$$
$$$$ 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd

Outdoor Situation: Patio

If you’re planning an outdoor hang uptown for more friends than Aunt Nancy has in her entire Facebook network, your default should be Harlem Tavern. The food is better than your average bar food (especially the burger), but the #1 reason to come here is the giant front patio.

Noah Devereaux

Boucherie

$$$$
$$$$ 99 7th Ave S

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

If you’ve ever walked down 7th Avenue in the West Village, passed a sea of people having what looks like the most glamorous, enriching day of their lives, and thought to yourself, “Hmm, why am I not one of those people?”, go to Boucherie. This restaurant has a ton of sidewalk seating, which means that it’s one of the best people-watching situations you can find in the area, and also that you have a fairly good shot at actually getting a table. The food isn’t anything special, but that’s not why you’re here. (Just know that it’s pretty expensive.)

Ofrenda

$$$$
$$$$ 113 7th Ave S

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Ofrenda is another place on 7th Avenue to sit on a sidewalk and look cool. The food here is Mexican, and they have a daily Happy Hour where you can get a $7 margarita and $8 snacks like nachos, queso fundido, and tacos.

Klein's

$$$$
$$$$ 97 Wythe Avenue

Outdoor Situation: Patio

Klein’s is in the Hoxton Hotel in Williamsburg, and their outdoor space looks a little like an amphitheater. It’s about 15 feet below the sidewalk, which means you can pretend you’re in your own little world. We especially like this place for brunch, when you can wear your sunglasses and eat things like a cobb salad with chicken, pork belly, and avocado - or a really good burger.

Saraghina

$$$$ 435 Halsey St

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

This Italian place with an outdoor patio is great for group dinners, because everything is shareable, and they’re fine with you hanging out for a while at your table. As a bonus, you can bring your group to Bar Lunatico across the street after dinner (they have live music and another great back patio).

Cafe Altro Paradiso

$$$$
Italian  in  SoHo
$$$$ 234 Spring St

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

If you’re looking for a table outside where you can sit with your legs crossed and drink a tiny cup of espresso with shopping bags at your feet at 2pm, the sidewalk seating at Cafe Altro Paradiso is perfect. If you’re there for dinner, just replace the espresso in that scenario with a glass of wine and some cacio e pepe.

Flora Bar

$$$$ 945 Madison Ave

Outdoor Situation: Patio

Flora Bar (in the Met Breuer) is one of our favorite spots on the UES, and it only gets better when you sit in the garden area during the warm weather. The outdoor patio has sculptures, big concrete walls, and a row of trees, so it kind of feels like you’re in a trendy, sunny pit where everything you’d ever want is right there - namely art, endive salad with pecans and blue cheese, and some delicious tuna tartare with basil.

Uva

$$$$
$$$$ 1486 2nd Ave

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.

Quality Eats

$$$$
$$$$ 1496 2nd Ave

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Quality Eats is a casual steakhouse that’s a good outdoor option when you’re with kids - there’s a “little eats” menu section, and a pretty decently spaced sidewalk seating area where you can park your stroller. Aside from the kids’ menu, this casual restaurant serves everything from raw bar options to a $24 flank steak.

Ammazzacaffe

$$$$
$$$$ 702 Grand St

Outdoor Situation: Backyard

If you walked outside and took a poll to see which random pedestrians have heard of Ammazzacaffe, chances are you wouldn’t find too 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 pasta and drink some wine at a picnic table in the back - and, seeing as this is still mostly just a neighborhood place, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a seat.

Crave Fishbar

$$$$
$$$$ 428 Amsterdam Ave

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Eating seafood outside is one of life’s great luxuries, and if you’re on the UWS, you should be doing it at Crave Fishbar. Their sidewalk seating is useful for almost any date or friend-catch-up situation, and on Mondays, they have a special where you can get $35 bottles of wine, and a plate of mussels with fries for $17.

Oxomoco

$$$$
$$$$ 128 Greenpoint ave

Outdoor Situation: Front Patio

Oxomoco is a Mexican restaurant in Greenpoint from the people behind Speedy Romeo, one of our favorite places to eat pizza in Bed-Stuy. They somehow seem to have 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 shrimp tostadas to barbacoa tacos to a $99 steak.

Evelina

$$$$ 211 Dekalb Ave

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.

The Bonnie

$$$$ 29-12 23rd Ave

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 long dinner menu with everything from burrata and steak to tacos and cheese fries. 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.

Juanita's Cafe

$$$$ 84-15 Northern Blvd

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Juanita’s is a Jackson Heights spot that makes excellent (and giant) Peruvian sandwiches you’ll want to eat every day for lunch. If you walk to the back of the restaurant space, you’ll see a patio with a fountain, a bunch of folding tables, and bright green walls. Sit there and get the Chicharon.

Chona Kasinger

Pye Boat Noodle

$$$$
Thai  in  Astoria
$$$$ 35-13 Broadway

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Pye Boat Noodle serves some excellent noodle soups, and great appetizers like deep-fried quail eggs and chive pancakes. There’s also a blender behind the bar, and they use that to make tiki drinks (which you should order). If it’s nice out, have one along with some boat noodles in the backyard.

The East Pole

$$$$ 133 E. 65th St.

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 at lunch.

June Wine Bar

$$$$
$$$$ 231 Court St

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

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 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 strings of lights. Bring a date. That’s what this place is for.

The Mermaid Inn

$$$$
$$$$ 96 Second Ave.

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 with plants and a white picket fence. Come for Happy Hour, when oysters are $1.25 and wines by the glass are $8.50. 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 patio out front.

The Mermaid Inn

$$$$
$$$$ 570 Amsterdam Ave.

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

The UWS Mermaid Inn doesn’t have a backyard like the East Village one, but it still has some nice sidewalk seating. Come during their daily Happy Hour, when you can get things like $1.25 oysters, $5 salmon tartare, and $8.50 cocktails.

Pizzeria Sirenetta

$$$$
$$$$ 568 Amsterdam Avenue

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

This place is right next to The Mermaid Inn on the UWS (and owned by the same people), and it also has sidewalk seating. So you can sit here and wave at all the people eating oysters, while you eat some really good wood-fired pizza.

Leyenda

$$$$
$$$$ 221 Smith St

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 - but they also serve a bunch of food. So you can sit in the backyard, have a well-made cocktail, and snack on tacos, enchiladas, and churros.

Extra Fancy

$$$$
$$$$ 302 Metropolitan Ave.

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

If you want a big outdoor 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.

Beebe’s

$$$$
$$$$ 38-28 27th St

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Beebe’s is in the bottom of the Boro Hotel, which happens to be on a fairly quiet, residential block in Long Island City. It’s not impossible to get into, and it serves some very good Italian food, including great pizzas. There’s also a nice back area with couches and a couple of tables, and you can get anything from the full menu back there.

Greenwood Park

$$$$
$$$$ 555 7th Ave

Outdoor Situation: Huge Patio

Greenwood Park is an ideal spot for a big group hang outside, and it might as well offer a printed schedule of events. This South Slope beer garden has bocce courts, ping pong, 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.

Lafayette

$$$$
French  in  NOHO
$$$$ 380 Lafayette St

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Any restaurant can put a couple of tables and chairs on the sidewalk and call it outdoor seating. But Lafayette has some of the best sidewalk seating in NYC. 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.

Noah Devereaux

Sauvage

$$$$
$$$$ 905 Lorimer Street

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. This place 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 a similarly nice spot to hang out for a while and eat good food.

Aurora

$$$$
$$$$ 70 Grand St.

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Aurora is a neighborhood Italian spot in Williamsburg, and it’s a good move for date night. Check out the outdoor patio that’s covered with green ivy, and let the breeze from the East River waft over you while you eat some pasta outdoors (and appreciate the fact that the East River doesn’t smell as bad as it should).

Rabbithole

$$$$
$$$$ 352 Bedford Ave

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 (but it does get pretty busy at brunch).

Marlow & Sons

$$$$
$$$$ 81 Broadway

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

The outdoor part of Marlow & Sons isn’t huge, but maybe that’s why we like it so much. 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. Marlow & Sons has been around for many years now, and it’s still one of our favorite spots in this part of Brooklyn.

Ryan Muir

Hudson Clearwater

$$$$
$$$$ 447 Hudson St.

Outdoor Situation: Back Patio

Many 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 is very good - so this place works well for any meal.

Noah Devereaux

Royale

$$$$
$$$$ 157 Ave. C

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?

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

This location of Bluestone Lane has (at least) three things going for it: it’s in an old church, it’s right next to Central Park on the UES, and there are a bunch of tables outside with big blue umbrellas. Come here the next time you want a casual brunch or lunch outside by the park.

Dante

$$$$ 79-81 MacDougal St.

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

You know how Paris is covered with all those little cafes that have 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.

Dutch Boy Burger

$$$$
$$$$ 766 Franklin Ave

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 this place is connected to Franklin Park, a big indoor/outdoor bar that feels like a party on summer weekends.

Bar Primi

$$$$
PastaItalian  in  East VillageNOHO
$$$$ 325 Bowery

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Should you find yourself with simultaneous needs for pasta, sunlight, and an Aperol spritz, direct yourself to Bar Primi. Use it for either brunch or dinner.

Sugar Freak

$$$$
Southern  in  Astoria
$$$$ 37-11 30th Ave

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

Sugar Freak feels like a New Orleans-themed party, with lots of big groups drinking strong 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.

Fada

$$$$
$$$$ 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 that assumption is likely what keeps this French spot from getting too crowded on the weekends, despite the fact that it’s close to McCarren Park and the Bedford L stop. But the real selling point of Fada is its big backyard, which looks like a cross between a greenhouse and a private terrace in a Mediterranean villa.

Morgan's BBQ

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$$$$ 267 Flatbush Ave.

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.

THEP

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$$$$ 1439 2nd Ave

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

THEP is an Upper East Side Thai restaurant with a menu that has everything from khao soi and Thai sausage to pork buns and fried pastries filled with chicken and mozzarella cheese. We especially like the curries (get one with duck), and there’s also a great appetizer platter with spring rolls, chive pancakes, and various kinds of dumplings. Come with some friends and split that at one of the sidewalk tables.

Noah Devereaux

Esperanto

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$$$$ 145 Ave. C

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

It’s 10:30am on a Saturday, and you want to sit outside and drink a caipirinha. Go to Esperanto, a neighborhood restaurant in Alphabet City that serves Caribbean and Latin American food. It’s a fun spot that gets pretty busy, and if you come here later than 10:30am, you might even catch some live music.

Krupa Grocery

$$$$ 231 Prospect Park West

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, plus the giant pot of mussels topped with lamb pancetta.

Noah Devereaux

Threes Brewing

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$$$$ 333 Douglass St

Outdoor Situation: Big Back Patio

Threes Brewing is good for two kinds of people: those who like beer, and those who like warm weather. This is a brewery and bar with a great outdoor space full of two-tops and picnic tables, plus beers brewed on-site and 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.

Sel Rrose

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$$$$ 1 Delancey St.

Outdoor Situation: Sidewalk Seating

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

David Weissman

Roberta's

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Pizza  in  BrooklynBushwick
$$$$ 261 Moore St.

Outdoor Situation: Big Back Patio

We get 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 a lot 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, come here during the day.

Ryan Muir

Lavender Lake

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American  in  Gowanus
$$$$ 383 Carroll St.

Outdoor Situation: Huge Backyard

Even if you invite all of your work friends, their significant others, and the people you still 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 you inevitably want a snack, there are plenty of options, like nachos and a fried chicken sandwich.

Ryan Muir

Jones Wood Foundry

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$$$$ 401 E. 76th St.

Outdoor Situation: Patio

One of our favorite British pubs 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.

Bricolage

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$$$$ 162 5th Ave.

Outdoor Situation: Patio

The Vietnamese food at Bricolage is good, and the cocktails are tasty, but the real reason this place gets a spot on this list is its patio. Look at it. It’s just waiting for your third date.

Noah Devereaux

Rose's

$$$$ 295 Flatbush Ave.

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 on the big back patio. Come here after a group hang in Prospect Park.

Güeros

$$$$ 605 Prospect Pl

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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