Looking Forward to Spring Weather? Here Are Some Outdoor Dining Spots Where You’ll Be Able to Enjoy It in NYC

A look at some great outdoor patios and rooftops to enjoy the warm spring weather.

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Escape the chaos of Manhattan at Astoria’s newest Greek restaurant, Akrotiri. The 45-seat outdoor area in front of the restaurant is the perfect place to do some serious people watching while enjoying dishes by Chef Nicholas Poulmentis.
Enjoy tacos and frozen margaritas with a side of vitamin D. Añejo has created a fresh batch of tequila focused specialty cocktails in honor of spring’s arrival.
With sweeping views of the Hudson River, soak in the summer sun with an afternoon libation at Arlo SoHo. The hotel is relaunching the rooftop with a new name and look this May. The space will be revamped to feature a new menu with craft beer, well-mixed cocktails and light bites.
Perched atop the Hotel Hugo, Azul on the Rooftop transports guests to the streets of Old Havana, channeling a Cuban cantina vibe of vintage ads and street art. Azul’s menu draws inspiration from Cuban cuisines, with a Cuban inspired food menu and the Frozen Passion Fruit cocktail. Once summer arrives, Azul will also present a series of outdoor movie nights on the rooftop on Mondays at sunset and will host Cuban Night's every Sunday starring the band, Grupo Irek.
This summer, relax under wooden pergolas, and take in awesome views while drinking and dining outside at DaDong NY’s Garden Terrace. The second-story terrace features an outdoor bar, dining and lounge space, with views of Bryant Park. Sip on a frosé or enjoy oysters from their Raw bar.
103-year-old Australian-Italian cafe Dante will be serving up a summer specialty menu showcasing ten variations of spritz. Enjoy with one of their signature sourdough flatbread -- both $10 on Summer Fridays while jazz folk band The Bailsmen performs.
On their quaint corner of the West Village, Don Angie will launch a sidewalk café with 14 outdoor seats that are perfect for sipping on the signature Fiasco Spritz (blend of 10 aperitivi, prosecco) and Margarita (tequila, Calabrian chili honey, orange, fennel liqueur), as well as chowing down on the Lasagna For Two, which never goes out of season.
Casual yet contemporary, El Vez celebrates the festive soul of Mexican and Mexican- American culture, a true south-of-the-border spirit that manifests itself in the restaurant’s attitude and atmosphere. With deep roots in regional Mexican cooking, the menu is built around guacamoles, fundidos, ceviches, tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas made from scratch. Meanwhile, the bar offers a selection of creative cocktails, signature margaritas and a selection of 150 mezcals and tequilas.
Escape the busy streets of Manhattan by sailing aboard Hudson's at Pier 81! The three-story yacht features bi-level dining and a spacious roof deck lounge where guests can pair a Mediterranean inspired dinner or brunch with views of the Statue of Liberty and New York’s sweeping skyline.
One block from The Highline and walking distance to designer shopping and contemporary art galleries, La Sirena’s outdoor patio, located on the second floor of the storied Maritime Hotel, is a welcome respite from the bustle of the city. New this season are picnic tables and umbrellas perfect for outdoor brunch and the new outdoor bar featuring a new Vodka Soda Menu for grown up infusions like chamomile, saline, and bitters that elevate the simple summer sipper.
If you’re in the mood for Greek wine and food while you people watch, head to Flatiron’s Greek Steakhouse, Merakia. The doors that line the front of the restaurant open out into the street; complete the wonderful al fresco dining experience with signature dishes by Chef Giuseppe Scalco, and your selection from their expansive wine list.
Capturing the vibrant spirit of the Lower East Side, Mr. Purple at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side offers guests three separate spaces to take in stunning views of the city. Indoors you will find a massive bar and plenty of seating options, but make sure to head outside to enjoy the two outdoor terraces, one of which is decked out with a swimming pool and another full bar. Bar Bites include Prosciutto Flatbread, Kale & Endive Salad and Fish Tacos. Also enjoy a variety of classic cocktails, as well as signature sips like the Mr. Purple, Grand Spritz, or a variety of their innovative bottled cocktails, all made in house.
Climb aboard North River Lobster Co. at Pier 81, New York's only floating lobster shack. Offering a full raw bar, an array of lobster rolls, and signature cocktails served in mason jars - kick off al fresco dining season dockside or for an hour long cruise along the Hudson.
Liz Clayman
With 360-degree views of the city skyline and the East River, Ophelia's art-deco styled lounge at the top of the Beekman Tower makes a sophisticated addition to your summer rooftop checklist.
The new Sherry B Dessert Studio is excited to introduce a sidewalk café with 12 outdoor seats overlooking Hudson Street. Guests can enjoy a glass of wine with the Marcelli Formagi cheese sampler, served on an edible homemade cracker board, or opt for something sweet, such as Sherry’s homemade ice cream sundaes or opt for a flight of signature ice cream cake sandwiches in flavors like Purple Velvet (cream cheese ice cream sandwiched between purple velvet cake), Blackout (dark chocolate ice cream with layers of fudge on chocolate cake), and Fluffernutter (peanut butter and marshmallow ice cream on banana bread), also available with wine pairings.
Located atop Hotel Henri, Sir Henri offers a romantic atmosphere with its rooftop location and retractable wall that opens onto a veranda with skyline views of Manhattan.The cocktails served at Sir Henri are made entirely with fresh ingredients. Happy hour is offered every day from 5-7pm, and a DJ livens up the crowd from 7pm until close on Friday and Saturday nights.
Located under the Manhattan Bridge along the East River, SUGARCANE offers globally inspired small plates from an open fire grill, a raw bar and a traditional kitchen, for a picturesque lunch or dinner on the water.
The Rag Trader has a cozy al fresco cafe outfitted with booths and soft pillows that is calling your name. This space is perfect for brunch, lunch and dinner alike while appreciating sunlight and fresh air. With a menu of elevated classics, and an intriguing list of cocktails, this space is the perfect place to spend time outdoors this season.
Capping the top of Viceroy Central Park, The Roof is a lounge and outdoor terrace that offers guests a perch to take in the city’s energy and soaring views of Central Park. The 2,400 sq. ft. space is complete with an indoor lounge and bar and an outdoor terrace with a variety of seating options. Guest will find a collection of small-batch spirits, regionally brewed craft beers, global wine offerings and a rotating selection of classic and modern cocktails, complemented by a delectable selection of small plates.
Tiny’s and The Bar Upstairs, a cozy three story townhouse in the heart of Tribeca dating back to 1810, will open its patio for the spring season for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
Located on the quiet Bowery Street, VANDAL’s Secret Garden is an intimate dining area inspired by natural elements. Plush seating and a ceiling strewn with vines and string lights make the perfect backdrop for guests to enjoy any of VANDAL’s delicious cocktails such as The Taxi Line and the Rio De Frosé now that it’s officially rosé season. VANDAL is also serving up a variety of globally inspired share plates such as Fresh Shucked Oysters, Tortilla Soup Dumplings, and Lemon + Basil Tortellini.
Paul Wagtouicz
A welcoming, convivial café a block from the Hudson River. YVES' menu is a French-American take on classics including escargot, Mussel Toast Marinière and a premium burger topped with gruyere, tomato hollandaise, watercress and cornichon.
Head uptown where Latin meets Asian fare at Zen Taco. Enjoy the restaurant’s outdoor dining area while indulging in the restaurant's signature tacos, noodles, bowls, and their inventive cocktails. Relax and pretend you are on vacation while enjoying their popsicle-inspired cocktails; choose from Poptail flavors like Strawberry Fressada, - a strawberry lemonade Popsicle in a glass of tequila and strawberry liquor; or Peach Sangria – a sangria popsicle in a glass of peach liquor.
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