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The Couple’s Guide to Restaurants with Outdoor Patios

By: Sarah Saxty

Eat, drink and be airy — that’s the goal right? Especially during the summer months. There’s something that just can’t beat sitting outside sipping on a margarita, or a crisp cold glass of wine or beer with your date. We may be the concrete jungle but we also have a pretty great way of utilizing the little outdoor space we have in the city and turning them into heavenly gardens, patios, and terraces. With plenty of time on the summer calendar, we’ve rounded up our top spots for eating and drinking alfresco, from the Upper West Side to Dumbo and Chelsea, we’ve got you (un)covered.

The Couple's Guide to Restaurants with Outdoor Patios

Gran Eléctrica
5 Front Street, Brooklyn

When the outdoor area is lined with lush green foliage, and there are festoon lights draped above you, and the margaritas flow like water, you know you’re in for a good time. At Gran Eléctrica, a somewhat well-kept secret over in Dumbo, you can expect all of the above. A Michelin awarded Mexican restaurant using seasonal market ingredients to create a menu that pops with flavor while remaining true to the much-loved traditional style cuisine.

Gran Electrica
Credit: Gran Eléctrica
The Fulton
89 South Street, Manhattan

Waterside dining is something that strangely doesn’t seem to happen enough in Manhattan despite being an island. That all changes at Jean-Georges new hotspot, The Fulton, designed to pay homage to the old Fulton Fish Market. In true waterside spirit, the menu is seafood-centric with a full raw-bar, plus salads and other seafood dishes like the fish stew thickened with aïoli, sea bass, halibut, mussels, clams, and prawns. With more than 100 seats outdoors, this is a true terrace and offers up truly magical, unobstructed waterside views from the bottom tip of our little island.

The Fulton
Credit: Mike C., Yelp
Feroce
105 W 28th Street, Manhattan

Italian charm meets Manhattan sophistication at Feroce, a newcomer to the circuit this summer. Housed inside the Moxy Hotel in Chelsea, this lively and intimate indoor/outdoor ristorante brings together Italian traditions with contemporary details. A seasonal menu includes ingredients that are sourced locally and imported directly from small producers across Italy. The garden is one you might expect to find at one of the grand villas in Venice, decorated beautifully with tasteful, comfortable furnishings and fresh colors reminiscent of a seaside holiday in Capri.

Feroce
Credit: Moxy Chelsea
Roberta's
261 Moore Street, Brooklyn

There was a time in not so long ago history when Roberta’s was the word on everyone’s lips, and probably the one reason anyone started hanging out in Bushwick. A lot has changed since then, mostly Bushwick – now filled with cool cafes, bars and restaurants. But Roberta’s hasn’t. It still serves up some of the best pizza you’ll find in New York while filling up the huge outdoor garden space with hipster types drinking craft beers and rosé at any time of the year. An oldie but a goodie, Roberta’s is one that will always be on our list.

Roberta's
Credit: Roberta's
Pearl's
178 N 8th Street, Brooklyn

This Caribbean outdoor patio garden restaurant is somewhat of a local’s secret, hiding away on a quieter street of the busy Williamsburg. Pearl’s brings the boys to the yard and the party. The bustling patio, with its casual bench table seating, is a perfect place to spend the night, sipping on rum punch and chowing down Caribbean treats. A restaurant from the team behind Sweet Chick, you can trust the food will satisfy – from their “Bakes” to their classic Jerk Chicken or Coconut Curries. There’s also a happy hour Mon to Fri from 4 – 8PM. Cheers.

Pearl's
Credit: The Infatuation

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LaRina Pastificio and Vino
387 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn

Great pasta, great prices, and a great Italian style garden patio. You know when you’re in Italy, gorging on pasta 3 times a day, and you don’t feel too full? That’s because it’s real Italian pasta, and pasta is good for you. This is the belief of the culinary team at LaRina. So much so, that they offer a pasta tasting menu, which gets you a taste of three of their masterpieces for $38. Our perfect date meal – the tasting, a couple of small plates, a carafe of wine, and the house-made panna cotta with salted caramel – a must-do.

LaRina
Credit: LaRina Pastificio & Vino, Facebook
Cookshop
156 10th Avenue, Manhattan

Cookshop, a Chelsea mainstay, seems to always be bustling, with everyone from High Line–walkers to art collectors. The outside seating is coveted for a reason, taking up almost the entire block corner, it provides one of the best spots to sit for people-watching all day long. The kitchen serves up farm-to-table modern American dishes (all day long) like pizza, fire-roasted chicken, lamb, and whole fish while the bar mixes up one of the best Aperol Spritz’ we’ve had, but maybe that’s just because they taste better sitting outside here, watching the busy world go by, and the sun disappearing over the Hudson.

Cookshop
Credit: Cookshop, Facebook
Boucherie
99 7th Avenue S, Manhattan

Boucherie is what happens when a chef that used to lead the kitchen at Pastis opens his own bistro. A true representation of the Parisien eateries, with sidewalk seating and the iconic “bistro” chairs, Boucherie’s menu flaunts its French side with pride. The main menu includes staples like coq a vin, mousse de fois gras, and nicoise salad, while the Boucher menu lists almost 15 different ways to indulge in their fresh cuts of meat. The signature cocktail menu is absinthe-driven and the wine list is well rounded.

Boucherie
Credit: NYCgo
Uva
1486 2nd Street, Manhattan

Maybe you’ve spent the day in Central Park, and want to keep the outdoor buzz going – Uva is your answer. Surrounded by leafy greens, and filled with comfortable but modest outdoor seats and tables the courtyard is always bustling and jovial. It’s like you could almost really imagine you were sitting at a local taverna in a little Northern Italian town with the trellace covered walls and faded green shutters. The food is simple and rustic, meat and cheese antipasto is ideally paired with one of their wine flights, a selection of 3 wines for $16 – 20.

Uva
Credit: The Infatuation
Oxomoco
128 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn

Oxomoco has made quite the mark on the Mexican food scene with its Oaxacan style menu, wood-fired cooking, and chic decor. The other thing it has that puts it ahead of the pack is the sun-drenched patio, filled with Acapulco chairs and festive lighting, it even has its own special menu offering tuna tostadas, tamal, 4 types of margarita, plus mezcal and cerveza. A definite crowd favorite for Greenpoint locals and city folk making the trek, you’ll want to get there ahead of time to pull up a table here and be prepared to knock down a few margs while you wait.

Oxomoco
Credit: Eater

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