Al fresco is the name of the game. Check out our top 5 outdoor dining spots across the city that never sleeps (or eats inside during the summertime).
Jonathan Waxman's refreshingly airy garage-doored space and market-driven menu is the reason for the outdoor dining season. This industrial, bare-bones West Village gem features an open kitchen, a wood-burning brick oven, white brick walls, and no-frills Italian cuisine exude coolness...figuratively and literally. Snag a sidewalk two-top or breezy dining room table, which may as well be outside with those garage door walls perpetually propped for ultimate bacalao al fresco consumption.
775 Washington Street between West 12th and Jane Streets
Ah, Narcissa. Queen of Cuteness of the Outdoor Dining Sovereignty. We made that up, but it might as well be real. Think lush greenery, chambray banquettes, lounge chairs, and ample outdoor space (not taken for granted 'round these parts). Michelin-star studded Chef John Fraser helms the open kitchen, serving up farm-fresh and artisanal dishes with ingredients sourced directly from André Balazs's Hudson Valley farm. A little slow roasted bone-in prime ribeye with gem salad and sea salt potatoes under the Manhattan sky never hurt anyone.
21 Cooper Square between East 5th and 6th Streets (inside Standard Hotel)
3 Tavern on the Green
Return of the Mack - and by Mack we mean crown jewel of iconic NYC patio dining. Tavern on the Green reopened its doors to the nostalgic public earlier this year with a brand new face and acclaimed chef Katy Sparks vivaciously manning (or womanning, rather) the kitchen. Tavern's menu reborn features an array of farm-fresh, locally sourced dishes categorized by means of preparation (hearth, plancha, et cetera). The courtyard continues to be home to the most coveted of the restaurant's 700 seats, and for good reason. It must be a combination of those historic hanging lights and the pleasure of wining and dining in the heart of Central Park.
Central Park West at 67th Street
Rooftop. Restaurant. Brewery. Say no more; we're all about this year-round birra-slinging hangout above the mother of all delicacies Italian, Mario Batali's very own Eataly. Craft cask ales are brewed onsite and accompanied by Italian classics like tagliata di manzo and maiale alla birra (beer-braised pork shoulder) along with housemade salsicce and other obligatory gastronomic delights commonly found in the motherland. With a kitchen open until midnight Thursday-Saturday, there's really no reason not to go. All the time.
200 Fifth Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets
Keith McNally's rustic trattoria, complete with wood-beamed ceilings and Chianti-lined exposed brick walls, boasts what is arguably the best Italian dining al sidewalk that the city has to offer. Enjoy a hearty breakfast, lunch, dinner, or brunch whilst gazing at Waverly Place passers by, Sangiovese in hand. A McNally-adoring Italophile celeb may or may not be at the next table over.
211 Waverly Place between Charles Street and Seventh Avenue South