NYC’s Best Outdoor Dining Spots

Spring has arrived and New Yorkers are looking to make the most of the longer days and warmer temperatures. Many restaurants are finally opening their outdoor spaces for the season –

Here are NYC’s best outdoor dining spots, as chosen by my team and me (Gabrielle Marcus and Kristin Herrara):

775 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
b/t Jane St & 12th St in West Village
Situated in a garage space on Washington Street, Barbuto creates a unique environment with its open kitchen and sidewalk seating. This rambunctious Italian restaurant is known for its attentive service and greenmarket ingredients. While this isn’t the best place for a quiet, intimate meal, Barbuto is a great place to share a meal with a group of friends.

Gallow Green
542 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
b/t 11th Ave & 10th Ave in Chelsea
You don’t have to see Sleep No More to enjoy the views, cocktails, and most of all, the ambience, at the Gallow Green rooftop bar.  The food and drinks are good (albeit pricey) but the real draw here is that Gallow Green is arguably the most beautiful outdoor restaurant in Manhattan.

Image courtesy of Edible Manhattan

Image courtesy of Edible Manhattan

135 N 5th St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
at Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg
This French bistro has a rooftop terrace in the heart of North Williamsburg. There are plenty of umbrellas to provide shade, so you can dine here well into the summer months. The rooftop has a much more casual feel than the dining room, and is perfect for brunch with friends.

398 W Broadway
New York, NY 10012
b/t Spring St & Broome St in South Village, SoHo
This Parisian bakery offers a variety of desserts, but Ladurée is famous for its macaroons. In fact, Ladurée is rumoured to have originated the macaroon as we know it! The storefront looks like a French patisserie and has their desserts shipped from Paris three times a week, making them well worth the price. The romantic garden patio has plenty of trees for shade and ample seating, making this the perfect place for a date.

1022 Cortelyou Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11218
b/t Coney Island Ave & Stratford Rd in Ditmas Park
Lea serves “consciously-sourced” Italian and Mediterranean food to neighborhood locals, with an emphasis on pizza and homemade pasta. The patio is a popular spot for brunch and the friendly atmosphere combined with reasonable prices is great for families and groups.

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Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich St
New York, NY 10013
b/t Moore St & Franklin St in TriBeCa
Locanda Verde, literally “green inn” in Italian, serves urban-Italian food along with an extensive Italian wine list. The open-air café spills out onto the sidewalk in the middle of TriBeCa. The restaurant takes reservations up to 30 days in advance, and spots tend to fill up quickly.

221 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
b/t Troutman St & Starr St in Bushwick
Mominette is a French Bistro and Oyster Bar in Bushwick.  The outdoor area isn’t huge, making the area an intimate spot perfect for small groups.  Communal tables make up parts of the garden, so if it’s just two of you, expect to make some new friends or at least to hopefully overhear a good conversation.

25 Cooper Sq
New York, NY 10003
b/t Bowery & 4th St in East Village
Narcissa offers a creative twist on American food with its healthy, locally-sourced menu featuring organic produce and herbs. The shady, breezy garden and farm-fresh food will make you forget you’re in the middle of the city.

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28 Cornelia St
New York, NY 10014
b/t 4th St & Bleecker St in West Village
Palma is a traditional Italian restaurant serving up Sicilian cooking and rustic charm. The flower-adorned garden is enclosed by a glass ceiling and is perfect for a date or small gathering of friends. Be sure to make a reservation in advance and request the garden, as these seats are highly coveted.

261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
b/t White St & Bogart St in East Williamsburg, Bushwick
Frequented by the likes of Beyoncé and the Clintons, Roberta’s is famous for their affordable, gourmet pizza with unusual topping choices. The patio has a separate bar and is next to a garden that provides the restaurant’s herbs and greens. The communal seating creates a social environment that feels like a beer garden.

Photo courtesy of Roberta’s

Photo courtesy of Roberta’s

ROC Restaurant
190 Duane St
New York, NY 10013
at Greenwich St in TriBeCa
This neighborhood favorite serves Italian cuisine complemented by an extensive wine list. The sidewalk tables are perfect for people-watching on a sunny afternoon, and ROC’s intimate setting is best for small groups.

820 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
b/t Gansevoort St & Little W 12th St inMeatpacking District, West Village
Situated on what used to be the coast of Manhattan, Santina features a mediterranean menu that highlights fresh fish and vegetables, complimented by fruity cocktails. The bright decor and lively ambiance set the mood for a light meal before a stroll along The High Line.

The Farm on Adderley
1108 Cortelyou Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11218
b/t Westminster Rd & Stratford Rd in Ditmas Park
The Farm on Adderley has a small, seasonal menu with a section just for kids, which means this restaurant attracts lots of families. There are plenty of vegetarian options, but carnivores will be happy with locally-sourced meat options. The lush patio has plenty of seating and is the perfect place to kick back with a Bloody Mary on a weekend afternoon.

The Ides at Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
b/t N 11th St and N12th St, Williamsburg
The Ides at Wythe Hotel offers small appetizers and a view of North Brooklyn and the Manhattan skyline. The bar is spacious, but draws quite a crowd on weekends, so be sure to give advance notice if you’re bringing a large group.

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