Is there anything New Yorkers love more than a long, mimosa-fueled brunch spent basking in sunny weather? These are the outdoor dining spots to hit this summer for incredible seasonal fare, people watching and a great crowd.
At Sessanta, John McDonald and Steven Eckler's newest spot in SoHo, guests can enjoy seasonal pan-Italian cuisine on the 30-seat outdoor patio, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Red Sauce Sunday, a comforting Sunday meal featuring dishes drenched in slow-simmered red sauce.
Chef Marco Canora’s James Beard-nominated East Village spot also offers intimate outdoor seating for dinner and brunch. Up to 12 guests can enjoy the calm of 12th Street with a view of bustling First Avenue as they dine on spring dishes such as the fan favorite fava bean and pecorino salad and wild black bass “en Papillote” with turnips, dill and anchovy. Cocktails and a diverse list of bottles, including rosé and orange wine, add to the ambience.
3 Casa Lever
Open seasonally from April to October, Casa Lever Gardens is an expansive outdoor terrace located in the heart of Midtown. The outdoor courtyard of the Lever House building offers a lounge area, a full bar and table seating, rain or shine. Guests are surrounded by rotating art exhibitions of the Lever House Art Collection, complemented by Casa Lever's Milanese menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar menu offering aperitivo and bar snacks is also exclusively available to guests of Casa Lever Gardens.
Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark is a dynamic culinary destination in Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighborhood, offering a modern American menu where guests can enjoy the beautiful views of the East River and the adjacent Riverpark farm. Executive chef Andrew Smith creates a seasonal menu, such as fluke crudo with market radishes, citrus, tarragon, jalapeño and black rice crisp and smoked brook trout with grilled asparagus, red onion, claytonia, brown butter and heirloom grits. Cocktails like At Sundown with rum, lime, campari, atsby vermouth and mint or Blue Skies with vodka, mastiha, luxardo, dolin blanc and rose water personify the outdoor views.
On Manhattan's Upper East Side, guests can enjoy the warm weather at Felice Wine Bar's sidewalk tables, choosing from an authentic Tuscan menu for after-work drinks, dinner or weekend brunch. The restaurant features an impressive Italian-driven wine list and classic Northern Italian specialities including freshly grilled fish, seasonal pastas, and decadent desserts.