It’s time to enjoy the best dining NYC has to offer in the great outdoors while the weather is still cooperating. From festivals to gorgeous patios, these are some of our favorite outdoor dining spots in New York City.
If there’s one outdoor eating experience you don’t want to miss in NYC, it’s Brooklyn’s wildly popular Smorgasburg. This self proclaimed “food flea market” sets up shop on the Williamsburg bank of the East River every Saturday. Rows of colorful tents house cult-food vendors like Ramen Burger, Dough, Porchetta and Duck Season. Get here by 11am when the place opens to avoid the midday rush and eat at the tables near the miniature beach for some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline you’ll find anywhere.
Smorgasburg. 90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY. (718) 928-6603
Michael Chernow, the founder of NYC icon The Meatball Shop, expanded his empire to the world of seafood—creating Seamore’s. Instantly one of the city’s trendiest seafood joints, the striped umbrellas outside Seamore’s Nolita outpost offer the perfect place to enjoy fresh fish tacos and prime Lower Manhattan people watching.
Seamore’s. 390 Broome St, New York, NY. (212) 730-6005
Garage-style doors roll open during the warmer months to reveal one of NYC’s best al fresco dining options. Located on serene Washington Street in the West Village, there isn’t a more pleasant place to enjoy Italian specialties, like the famous pollo al forno, in the city.
Barbuto. 775 Washington St, New York, NY. (212) 924-9700
In the 19th Century New York City’s piers were lined with oyster barges where hungry New Yorkers could indulge in the latest local catch. But you don’t have to travel back in time to enjoy bivalves by boat thanks to Tribeca’s very own floating oyster factory, Grand Banks. Just a ten-minute walk from the Duane Street Hotel, it operates from the deck of the Sherman Zwicker, a 142-foot schooner built in 1942, docked at Pier 25. Order a dozen East Coast oysters, a Negroni Sbagliato and enjoy the breezy views of One World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.
Grand Banks. Pier 25, Hudson River Park, New York, NY.