DINING OUT? NYC'S FIVE BEST SPOTS FOR DINING AL FRESCO

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From happy hour to date night: our favorite patios, gardens and backyards for summer dining in New York. 

 

By Michaela Rollings
  


NARCISSA 

25 Cooper Sq, New York, NY 10003

Reservations via OpenTable

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The best part about this East Village staple is the cozy outdoor garden nestled between the dining room and the lobby of the Standard. The outdoor garden is phenomenally decorated, complete with hanging greenery. There’s simply no better place to dine during the warmer months.

Best for: a long meal with close friends.
 

ROSIE'S

 29 East 2nd St. New York, NY 10003

Reservations via OpenTable

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 This newcomer brings classic Mexicana to the East Village. Rosie’s success isn’t surprising, as it’s helmed by the team behind downtown mainstays Vic’s and Cookshop. The only thing better than the food and drink is their chic outdoor patio aside bustling Second Avenue. 

 

Best for: the chicest guacamole date in New York.

 


MULBERRY PROJECT

149 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

Reservations available on website

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Let’s be honest… you go to the Mulberry Project for the drinks. They do have a food menu with several enticing options, but drinks are what they’re known for (we love their Bespoke cocktail, a custom approach to happy hour). The backyard area is the ideal spot for a casual get together with a big group, or a cozy date-night rendezvous. 

 
Best for: upscale bar snacks and speakeasy-style cocktails.
 

MONTMARTRE

158 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

To reserve call 646-596-8838 

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Classic French food and drink in a refined bistro setting. Their outdoor garden is gorgeous, replete with its own bar. The outdoor area is tucked far behind Eighth Avenue—a welcome escape from noisy Chelsea. 

 
 Best for: a makeshift night in Paris.

 


LAVENDER LAKE 

383 Carroll Street, Brooklyn NY, 11231

(347) 799-2154

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A visit to Lavender Lake, and their phenomenal backyard, is a summer must. The outdoor patio fuses hints of coastal, nautical decor with old-school beach chairs 

and umbrellas, accented with strings of hanging lights. As far as the menu goes, the cocktails are a highlight—case in point, their “Damaged Soul,” a drink made with Vida Mezcal, Sriracha, Lime, Ginger, and Sixpoint’s Sweet Action. 

 

Best for: weekend imbibing and a temporary escape from Manhattan.