Summer in New York might have you lusting to get out of the city, but these 35 outdoor dining and drinking spots are bound to make you reconsider. From historic boats on the harbor that serve oysters by the dozen to lobster bars and taco shops sprinkled across the boroughs, we’re sure you’ll be adding at least a few of the places on this list to your NYC summer bucket list.
Oysters, ceviche, lobster rolls and po-boys are served aboard this century-old vessel. Docked at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pilot is a floating history exhibit that just happens to serve up a delicious experience.
Leave it to celebrated Parisian brand Ladurée to create a garden space in SoHo that rivals all the rest. The classic French setting offers a menu that includes its famous macarons served alongside beautifully crafted pastries, chocolates, ice creams, and more.
When showing off NYC to friends and family visiting for summer, a rooftop bar is bound to make the to do list. Try Refinery Rooftop for a setting that’s quintessentially New York, including views of the Empire State Building and the entire city skyline.
If you can snag a seat at the picnic tables outside Sel Rrose in the East Village, you’re in for a fabulous spread of oysters, small plates, natural wines and artisanal cocktails. We recommend kicking it all off with a round of pink negronis for the table.
A gorgeous spot to unwind after a long day of working in Battery Park, Beaubourg at Le District overlooks the Hudson and serves delicious French eats. Stop by for a glass of something bubbly and you’re in for a treat.
Seamore’s has five NYC locations, but sitting outside on the sidewalk in Chelsea is easily the best spot for summertime people watching. You can expect fresh caught fish and seafood daily, served alongside a solid menu of dranks.
Pier 81, located at 41st and 12th, sets the scene for this boat restaurant that’ll send any lobster fan’s heart aflutter. Choose from a handful of flavorful lobster rolls, raw bar spreads or oyster shooters, and chase it down with a refreshing frozé or pitcher of sangria.
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Rustic Italian food flows at this West Village hotspot from celeb chef Jonathan Waxman. Roll-up garage doors open up to the street, bringing in the summer breeze, while extra seating dots the sidewalk outside Barbuto.
The courtyard at Greenpoint’s Milk & Roses is the place to be, come summa summa time. With a romantic Southern Italian feel and a menu to match, this is a great go-to for spending time with the one you love.
Fort Greene is the center of the action in the summertime and Colonia Verde offers a lively scene. Head over on a Sunday and you’re sure to find local chefs doing their thing over barbecues in the backyard.
Dining at Gemma on the Bowery is sure to come with its share of passersby, and hey, isn’t that half the fun of being out in New York. Part of The Bowery Hotel, this trattoria is old school meets new, offering diners a modern take on rustic Italian dishes.
Behold the beautiful retail-meets-restaurant space that is Marché Maman in SoHo. Outside you’ll find a pretty patio where you can enjoy a Maman meal or simply sip a cup of coffee with one of their signature chewy, nutty chocolate chip cookies.
With an upscale approach to waterfront dining in DUMBO, Cecconi’s is a beautiful place to take in views of the city skyline while tasting your way through pizzas, pastas and cicchetti. Stop by for the weekday happy hour and you’re in for a pocketbook treat. Read more about Cecconi's here →
When you’re in it for an afternoon of noshing on delicious eats from a Michelin-starred chef, John Fraser’s Narcissa at The Standard Hotel in the East Village does not disappoint. Sit in the gardens for the best seats in the house.
Williamsburg’s longstanding oyster bar go-to, Maison Premiere’s outdoor courtyard is dripping in hanging ferns and lush green surrounds. Plus, their bar game is on-point with an absinthe drip and cocktails galore.
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Sunny afternoons in the city are made for sipping house-made wines at City Vineyard while gazing out on the river. Located at Pier 26, the rooftop and wine garden are open daily.