Where to Dine Al Fresco and Enjoy This (Almost) Spring Weather

Where to Dine Al Fresco and Enjoy This (Almost) Spring Weather

Courtesy of Cibo

We've collected some of our favorite patios around the city where you can enjoy this warmer eather and sun. Whether you're kickin' it in Brooklyn or Uptown we've got something for everyone. Read on and go grab some sun and a cocktail. It's time to ditch our chunky sweaters and boots...finally! Spring is here.



Cibo e Vino

Upper West Side staple Cibo e Vino serves fresh, seasonal food with the sophistication of an Italian café and the intimacy of a neighborhood eatery. Drawing inspiration from the people-watching cafes of Paris and Rome, Cibo e Vino’s open outdoor patio and bar area are perfect for relaxing and enjoying one of their signature cocktails. You can enjoy springtime staples such as the Mediterranean-inspired octopus dish served with salad, shaved fennel and green olives salsa verde or the Pear Gorgonzola Ravioli with brown butter, grape tomatoes and baby spinach.


Marlow Bistro


Marlow Bistro is a chic neighborhood gem, serving farm-to-table modern Mediterranean food on the Upper West Side. The bistro boasts a large outdoor patio under an awning to keep you cool, ideal for relaxing outside and taking advantage of the generous happy hour. On Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays it’s 50% off all bottles of wine, great to share with a pizzas such as the Capriciosa Pizza with fresh mozzarella, olives, artichoke, ham, mushrooms, tomato.

Infamous Bistro (©Molly Tavoletti)


Infamous Bistro

Infamous Bistro is a lively UWS restaurant and bar serving refined yet approachable new American cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian influences. During warmer months, the bistro features a bar dedicated to the large outdoor patio, where you can dine al fresco while enjoying the bustling of the city and the view of the St. John’s cathedral directly across the street. The patio is perfect to enjoy the seasonal brunch menu, featuring favorites such as the steak and eggs with mushrooms, chimichurri and sunny side up eggs, or take the sweet route and try the house ricotta pancakes with nutella and bananas.




Bonsai Kakigōri

Coming spring 2019 to 100 Stanton Street!

Bonsai Kakigori, a Japanese Kissaten-inspired café serving the traditional shaved ice treat, kakigōri, will open its first brick and mortar location this spring. The new location will feature a breezy, indoor outdoor bar and a cozy outdoor bench, for people to enjoy Japanese-style coffee, matcha drinks, kakigōri, and savory bites outside.


Shoo Shoo

Shoo Shoo, the Mediterranean-inspired NoLita gem, is a breezy sidewalk patio inspired by the vibrant cafés throughout Tel Aviv. Shoo Shoo’s al fresco seating is the perfect place to gather over fresh, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine like the shareable Shoo Shoo Breakfast (two organic eggs any style, Israeli salad, smoked salmon, mezze, and bread), the Shoo Shoo Smoothie (banana, raw tahini, dates, silan, walnuts and almond milk) or the Middle Eastern Daal (roasted butternut squash, choice of yogurt or cashew butter, cilantro, and olive oil) for lunch!


Little Tong


Come summertime, the East Village location of Little Tong—the cult-favorite Chinese restaurant from Chef Simone Tong—opens up its al fresco seating. You can enjoy the summer breeze and cool down with chilled versions of Little Tong’s popular mixian noodle bowls, like the fiery Mala Chicken Mixian featuring hand-pulled chicken, chilled spicy chicken broth and a scattering of housemade pickles and garnishes, or the banna shrimp mixian with a smoked tomato and shellfish broth, fresh shrimp in a coconut mint sauce with pickled green chili, herb oil and fried shallots.


Courtesy The Williamsburg Hotel




La Cafette

La Cafette is a chic and intimate restaurant nestled on a charming corner in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The 29-seat eatery opens it outdoor patio in the warmer months, the perfect time for a festive happy hour and bites with friends, a lingering meal for a special occasion or a lazy weekend brunch. La Cafette and its refreshing outdoor patio provide a sophisticated but low-key oasis in one of Brooklyn’s busiest neighborhoods.


The Restaurant at The Williamsburg Hotels outdoor patio, located in the front of the hotel, provides the perfect space to enjoy High Tea during the day and cocktails in the evening. Guests can watch the sights go by while enjoying live music, and exploring The Restaurant's seasonal dishes and drinks. Pool, cabanas, daybeds, a full bar and unobstructed views of the entire Manhattan skyline, The Rooftop + Pool at The Williamsburg Hotel is your go-to urban oasis. The seasonal destination is the perfect spot for inventive cocktails (including frozen libations) by mixologist Rael Petit, and poolside bites created by executive chef Nicolas Caicedo to cool off in New York’s warmer months.




Toby’s Estate Long Island City Café + Courtyard


Come warmer weather, Brooklyn small batch coffee roaster Toby’s Estate opens the stylish courtyard nestled behind the Long Island City café. The extensive outdoor patio boasts vibrant greenery, personal and communal seating and the all-important WiFi, as well as plenty of shaded areas for spring and summer seasons. Stop by to enjoy Toby’s signature blends, seasonal single origin espresso and filter coffees along with a brunch and lunch menu and baked goods from local bakeries including Balthazar Bakery and Ovenly.

Courtesy Boqueria




For outdoor dining this summer, Boqueria, the lively Spanish tapas bar, offers a 20-seat outdoor space at the 260 W. 40th St. location and 10-seat outdoor space at the

Upper East Side location at 1460 Second Ave.The  newest 260 West 40th St. patio is open for dinner, lunch and brunch and features a large wooden communal table secluded from the bustling sidewalk by chic planters overflowing with greenery for a verdant, eye-pleasing pop of color. Adding to the lighthearted, vibrant ambiance on the patio is a vintage Citroën food truck, which has recently been revamped and freshly painted with Boqueria’s signature logo.

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