outdoor dining

The Springs

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Overview:

Greenpoint, Brooklyn bar and patio serving cocktails, craft beer and casual food indoors and outdoors.

Information:

Address: 224 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Phone: (347) 227-7114

Neighborhood: Greenpoint

https://www.thespringsbklyn.com/

Price: $$


 

The Osprey

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Overview:

The Osprey is a stunning restaurant in the swanky new 1 Hotel near Brooklyn Bridge Park. The hotel itself is incredibly chic and commands a restaurant to match. The venue features multiple dining rooms with waterfront views for all day dining and outdoor seating when weather permits. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in tons of natural light and you're surrounded by reclaimed wood and elegant string lights above. The kitchen offers a seasonal American menu with a local focus. Small plates include head-on prawns, squid with fregola, and steak tartare "caesar style." A major feature of the kitchen will be the Rotisol rotisserie where dishes like branzino, roast chicken & prime rib with horseradish cream and crushed potatoes will be spit roasted. A fantastic meal in a gorgeous space is what can be expected. 

Information:

Address: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone:  (212) 869-4400

Neighborhood: Dumbo

Price: $$$


 

Piggyback Bar

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Overview:

Piggyback Bar is a new, funky Jersey City restaurant from badass girl boss Leah Cohen. The space is a casual Asian American tavern with a whimsical menu and killer Manhattan views. The interior is very spacious and colorful with a massive patio out front directly facing the water. On the menu you'll find creative Southeast Asian bar bites and cocktails. Since this is mainly a bar, the food is extra crave worthy and pairs well with booze. You'll find mash-up dishes like a mapo chili dog, disco “phories” that include a pho gravy, Korean honey butter wings and a kimchi pulled pork sandwiches. 

Information:

Address  200 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07311

Phone:  (201) 345-7775

Neighborhood: Jersey City

Price: $$-$$$


 

Vic's

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Overview:

Vic's is a go-to for all occasions in Noho from the Five Points team. The vibe is that of a comfortable neighborhood restaurant, just with exceptionally good looking people all around you. You'll find a spacious interior with several distinct dining areas, large tables, a skylight and semi-open kitchen. The menu is mainly Italian and chef Hillary Sterling does both farm-to-table cooking and pizza quite well. The antipasti and mercato sections have an excellent list of vegetables like delicata squash with walnut gremolata, puntarelle with anchovies, and crispy calamari with fennel and pine nuts. Choose from 5 Neapolitan pies or a long list of pastas like cacio e pepe and eggplant ravioli. It's really a restaurant good for many things - an intimate date, group brunch, or dinner with the parents. 

Information:

Address31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

Phone: (212) 253-5700

Neighborhood: Noho

Price: $$$


 

De Maria  

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Overview:

De Maria is the perfect, chic addition to the already extra chic area of Nolita. The airy, causal space feels somewhat beachy inside and has a large patio outside full of stylish New Yorkers wearing floppy hats. The all-day cafe comes from the mind of chef Camille Becerra and serves colorful, healthful offerings. The menu is full of salads, grain bowls and all day breakfast but Becerra has made her food much more dynamic than the average "healthy food" restaurant. For example, her avocado toast comes with lavender cured salmon and honey egg. Another interesting offering is the tiger Bowl with coconut grains, house-cured salmon, avocado, hijiki, black sesame & leche de tigre. Prices are very reasonable, portions are ample, and the restaurant serves a full bar. 

Information:

Address19 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

Phone: (212) 966-3058

Neighborhood: Nolita

Price: $$-$$$


 

Faun


Overview:

Faun is a neighborhood restaurant in Prospect Heights bringing some elevated cuisine to the Vanderbilt Ave. area. The stylish, cozy eatery has a rustic interior with whitewashed brick walls, a wood  bar & tranquil back patio with ample seating. The semi-open kitchen produces an American menu with Italian roots emphasizing locally sourced ingredients. Starters include fresh sardines on toast, watermelon salad, and octopus with jerusalem artichoke. The focus is on pasta, offering 6 varieties like tagliatelle with chanterelles and spaghetti squash or pappardelle with braised lamb & eggplant. Great place to sit outside with a bottle of wine and some fresh pastas. 

Information:

Address: 606 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Phone: (718) 576-6120

Neighborhood: Prospect Heights

Price: $$-$$$


 

Grand Banks

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photo: business insider


Overview

Grand Banks is a seasonal venue open throughout the warmer months in NYC, stationed on the Hudson River. The ship was built in 1942 and has been restored beautifully, with a massive bar and plenty of table seating. This is permanently docked so you can board at any time but you will undoubtedly encounter a line of well dressed, beautiful people. The cocktails are "nautically inspired" using fresh squeezed juices & locally sourced produce. The menu focuses on seafood with an eye on seasonality and sustainability. Dishes are elevated takes on crudo, raw bar, scallops and soft shell crabs. The overflowing lobster rolls are not to be missed.  

Information:

Address Hudson River Park, Pier 25, New York, NY 10013

Phone:   (212) 660-6312

Neighborhood: Tribeca

Website: http://www.grandbanks.org/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Tavern on the Green


Overview

I don't know what there is to say about Tavern on the Green that hasn't already been said before. This place is an icon, a long standing New York City landmark. It has been slammed by many reviewers but I will say that I think it serves its purpose. The interior is beautiful and the setting in Central Park couldn't be more picturesque. Will the food change your life? No. The menu reads like the most approachable food on the planet: caesar salad, steak tartar, risotto, roasted chicken, seared scallops. The food is comfortably fine, nothing more or less. The service is professional and you can dazzle out of town guests here for sure. When the weather is nice the patio offers one of the most beautiful outdoor drinking settings you could hope for if you happen to find yourself in the area. 

Information:

Address  Central Park West & 67th Street, New York, NY 10023

Phone:  (212) 877-8684

Neighborhood: Upper West Side

Website:  https://www.tavernonthegreen.com/

Price: $$$

Good for: tourists, groups, outdoor dining, private events