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The 13 best restaurants to dine outdoors in New York City

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by Andrea Strong, Ameena Walker
Updated May 30, 2024

New York City is constantly reinventing itself—and so are its outdoor dining setups. Secret gardens, open-air oases, and scenic verandas let New Yorkers dine outside in all five boroughs.

Head to the airy terrace at an Italian favorite for unbeatable Brooklyn Bridge views. At a French American staple in TriBeCa, a seasonal sidewalk cafe is a welcoming oasis. A flower-filled courtyard at an Upper East Side pub brings mellow British taproom vibes to New York City.

For a few precious months every year, New Yorkers can max out on all things alfresco. Read on for a guide to the 13 best restaurants for outdoor dining in NYC right now.

A photo of Cecconi's Dumbo restaurant
4.5
4.5 (4873)
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
DUMBO
About the restaurant

Cecconi’s Dumbo packs a triple punch with an unbeatable location along Water Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the resulting stunning views of Manhattan, and classic Italian fare. Catch a sunset dinner under the restaurant’s black-and-white verandas or head to brunch on the weekend where there are housemade pastas, pizza, salads, and an expansive wine menu.

Top review
Reysito
Dined 4 days ago
Delicious dinner and drinks. Beautiful view and ambience.
A photo of Montesacro BK restaurant
4.6
4.6 (209)
$31 to $50
Italian
Williamsburg
About the restaurant

Montesacro’s only East Coast outpost is right in Williamsburg. A dramatic retractable glass ceiling creates a spectacular outdoor space complete with hanging plants and heaters. The menu takes cues from Roman taverns where diners come together at long wooden tables to enjoy a meal. The pinsa—a Roman style pizza made with a blend of soy, rice, wheat flour, and dried mother yeast—is the star of the show here, and there are more than ten kinds to choose from.

Top review
JoeTvip
Dined on Mar 12, 2024
We always have a terrific meal at Montesacro. The food, vibe and service are excellent. We have recommended the restaurant to many friends.
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4.9
4.9 (73)
$30 and under
Mexican
Gowanus
About the restaurant

Brooklynites have long flocked to Parklife in groups for a massive backyard that always makes it feel like the best picnic hang. It’s an especially exciting time to visit because owners Scott Koshnoodi and Julie Kim recently debuted a new menu inspired by Tex Mex and Persian food. Head over earlier in the afternoon for low-key vibes or stop by after a show at the nearby Littlefield (same owners) for weekend dance parties. Hot tip: Tuesday-night trivia is a great intro to Parklife.

Top review
SophieK
Dined on Apr 28, 2024
Such a great outdoor spot on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Food, service and the environment was great!
A photo of Tavern on the Green restaurant
4.7
4.7 (17992)
$31 to $50
American
Midtown West
About the restaurant

This timeless space across Sheep Meadow in Central Park has served a country club-inspired American menu of crispy chicken sandwiches and grilled salmon since 1934. Its elegant interiors (with several different dining rooms) evoke a grand farmhouse, but it’s the outdoor courtyard that shines in warmer weather for its elm trees and miniature chandeliers, strung to look like the roof of a circus tent.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Our favorite restaurant. Food, ambiance and service are top notch. Great value for money. Recommended!!! We hope to return soon! Marco T. Italy
A photo of The Odeon restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3501)
$31 to $50
French
TriBeCa
About the restaurant

The Odeon is a quintessentially New York City restaurant: chic but edgy, which explains why the American bistro is still a destination after 30 years in TriBeCa. Things heat up in spring and summer when the sidewalk cafe rolls out its striped awning. Lined with fragrant flowers, greenery, string lights and the (sort of) starry night sky above, it feels like a welcoming oasis in a world of concrete. Sip on an ice cold martini, dig into a tray of oysters, and feel the stress melt away.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We split the burrata on country bread special app, the country frisée salad app and skirt steak au poivre with fries (nothing like French bistro fries) main with a bottle of Rose Sancerre all of which was to die for. And, then we topped it off with their ice cream sundae with chocolate and butterscotch sauces which was pure decadence!! Our waitress was attentive and knowledgeable and we had the most entertaining conversation with our neighbors. All in all, it was an amazing dining experience with the best of what NYC has to offer in charming Tribeca.
A photo of Bar Primi Penn District restaurant
4.8
4.8 (12)
$31 to $50
Italian
Chelsea
About the restaurant

Bar Primi has served al fresco negronis and bowls of beautiful pasta on the Lower East Side for nearly a decade, but a new location is upping its game even further. The latest outdoor space is a terrace roughly the size of a football field, anchored by a back-lit bar with lush and leafy surroundings. It’s easy to forget you’re across the street from Penn Station when you’re sipping a Piazza Julep—a bourbon cocktail served in a striking ceramic mug—on one of the patio’s comfy couches.

Top review
AmberL
Dined 5 days ago
Great experience! Food was delicious. Would definitely return.
A photo of Gallow Green restaurant
4.5
4.5 (874)
$31 to $50
Continental
Chelsea
About the restaurant

“Nonstop garden party” describes the vibe at the McKittrick Hotel’s rooftop bar. The lush space overflows with greenery and is known for gin and rum punches and drinks-friendly snacks like Sonoran-style hot dogs and cheddar cheese curds. Gallow Green is especially popular during the summer months when its surroundings are in full bloom, but a fireplace and cushy chairs make it great for wintertime, too.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Gallow Green is exactly what it looks like online: a charming rooftop restaurant and bar where you can both escape the city and appreciate the surrounding environment. The food is great (the fries are stupid good!) and their cocktails are delicious. Add in great service, and every box that you could want is checked! An absolute gem.
A photo of Laduree Soho Restaurant restaurant
4.2
4.2 (3159)
$30 and under
French
SoHo
About the restaurant

Parisian vibes fill Laduree’s stunning courtyard, a shaded tree- and flower-filled garden made for warm weather. The French teahouse is famous for its macarons and other traditional pastries, but there’s also a full savory menu here with dishes like quiche lorraine, a chicken club sandwich, and skirt steak with peppercorn sauce.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Such a cute shop. We got the french toast and it was great. Definitely go if you're a fan of regency/Bridgerton since they have Bridgerton macarons. I've always wanted to be a tea person but could never find one I liked. I was recommended The Jardin Bleu Royal and I actually quite liked it. I put in a sugar cube and it was even better.
A photo of Jones Wood Foundry restaurant
4.4
4.4 (906)
$31 to $50
British
Upper East Side
About the restaurant

When you want to be transported to a charming English countryside pub, head to this cozy spot. Book a seat on the open-air back patio surrounded by exposed brick walls and ivy for an intimate evening or the sidewalk set-up for a livelier night out. Either way, it’ll be a meal well spent over pub favorites like bangers and mash and fish and chips. Don’t think about skipping dessert—the sticky toffee pudding is phenomenal.

Top review
Sunnyvip
Dined 7 days ago
Very nice cozy neighborhood find. Excellent brunch. I liked the choice of dining areas including light and airy mid room + a garden patio. Very friendly service a plus. I'll be back!
A photo of La Grande Boucherie restaurant
4.5
4.5 (6925)
$50 and over
French
Midtown West
About the restaurant

Even though it’s set in a covered, open-air passageway in Midtown, La Grande Boucherie’s outdoor dining area channels one of the enclosed galleries that connect many streets in Paris. Come for pitch-perfect French classics like steak tartare, croque monsieur, and escargot, which pair well with the restaurant’s extensive absinthe selection.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Lovely restaurant service is outstanding enjoy eating here every time I visit New York
A photo of Brunetti Pizza - West Village restaurant
4.4
4.4 (520)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
West Village
About the restaurant

It’s not common to find a gorgeous backyard at a restaurant in the West Village, so Brunetti’s is a rare gem. It’s tucked between brick buildings and made charming with string lights, greenery, and a striped awning. Top-notch Neapolitan pizza and a deep wine list round the spot out, making it a delightful way to have a meal alfresco, especially with a group.

Top review
MattPvip
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
What a great find in the Village. We arrived and our table at the bar wasn't ready but all the staff were very apologetic and couldn't have been nice. The pizzas were as good as Naples, the atmosphere was very buzzy as everyone was clearly having a fab time. Next time I'm in NYC I will definitely be returning Thanks for a great night
A photo of Pera Soho restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1693)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
SoHo
About the restaurant

Pera Soho’s gazebo takes you away to Istanbul. The atmosphere is breezy—fans deck the lush garden in the warmer months—and channels the artsy Turkish neighborhood the restaurant is named for. Get together over Mediterranean-inspired dishes like Greek yogurt-marinated chicken breast and Levantine seafood cake. Go for al fresco happy hour on weekdays from 4 pm to 6 pm and snack on hummus and calamari with Calabrian aioli, best washed down with Pera’s top-tier margaritas and martinis.

Top review
TaraN
Dined 5 days ago
Great outdoor space. Loved it. Door was delicious. Will be back.
A photo of Harlem Tavern restaurant
4.3
4.3 (250)
$30 and under
American
Harlem
About the restaurant

The outdoor space at Harlem Tavern buzzes with life on any given warm day. Its canopy of red umbrellas provides crucial shade and is a go-to place for watching sports on the tavern’s mounted televisions. The bar hosts special events frequently in honor of holidays like Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and more. Expect excellent small bites like crispy fish tacos, plus heartier mains including bourbon-braised short ribs with mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Had the lamb burger with goat cheese and mint absolutely delectable paired with a side of sweet potato fries goat cheese and mint topping on Burger complimented the sweet potato fries very well along with any alcoholic beverage that was consumed.loved it.
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