Your Personal Concierge
Top Restaurants With Outdoor Seating
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Helen Chedra’s work as a concierge began 18 years ago and has taken her all over the globe—filling positions in England, Boston and her hometown. But, Chedra admits NYC tops the list for folks in her profession. “For a concierge, New York City is the ultimate city to work in because there’s so much going on,” she says. Currently, Chedra works as a concierge for the Four Seasons Hotel New York—a position she’s held for the past eight years—and, with warm summer days and temperate nights there’s even more to do in the city. “After a long, cold winter, New Yorkers like to sit outside on a nice day for almost every meal,” she says. Here, Chedra shares her favorite restaurants with outdoor seating.
In Midtown East, Casa Lever is one of Chedra’s top choices for dining in the area. The eatery serves Milanese fare and “in the summer they open the bar, lounge and restaurant in the courtyard of the famous Lever House building,” Chedra says, adding that it becomes quite a happening place.
In the Flatiron District, Birreria is perched atop the bustling Italian food market Eataly. “If guests are venturing to Eataly, I always mention this great rooftop restaurant and brewery,” Chedra says. “Not only is the food and crowd fabulous and rowdy, they have a retractable roof, so you can hang out all day—even through the sun showers!”
For an unconventional take on outdoor dining right on the Hudson River, Pier 66 Maritime Bar & Grill—often described as a “bar on a boat,” is the current home of the docked Lightship Frying Pan—a historic floating lighthouse. “With a young, rowdy crowd it might not be for everyone, but it is a great place to meet with friends, have a burger and a beer and watch the glorious sunsets on the Hudson,” Chedra says. “Ah, nothing like it after a long stressful day!”
Chedra says diners looking to enjoy a meal in the great outdoors should be prepared to wait, as most restaurants prefer not to take reservations for outside tables.