NYC’s 14 Best Outdoor Dining Spots

New York City is a place of constant reinvention, and that trait is obvious in the city’s approach to outdoor dining. As warm weather and sunshine return with the changing seasons, streets remain delightfully co-opted by restaurants, giving the city the feel of one big block party. Throughout the five boroughs, private table structures, secret gardens, and streetside oases continue to allow New Yorkers to dine out in a safe fashion.

From Bushwick rooftops to Staten Island wine bars, the following restaurants all make for a stellar outdoor dining experience during warmer weather.

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Restaurants:Casa Ora, Shalom Japan, BAAR BAAR
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Venezuelan, Creative Japanese, Contemporary Indian
Neighborhoods:Williamsburg, East Village
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Casa Ora

$$$$·Venezuelan·
Williamsburg
138 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Casual

Green turf, lively plants, and lattice fencing have turned the street in front of Casa Ora into a tropical getaway. The Venezuelan restaurant’s menu of arepas, empanadas, and plantain sandwiches also ...

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Special Occasion in Brooklyn
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Shalom Japan

$$$$·Creative Japanese·
Williamsburg
503 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

The unusual combo of Japanese and Jewish fare finds a home at Shalom Japan, where the cuisines come together for singular dishes such as wagyu pastrami sandos, matzo ball ramen, and lox chirashi. A fe...

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Fit for Foodies in Brooklyn

BAAR BAAR

$$$$·Contemporary Indian·
East Village
584 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies

This gastropub serves up a modern interpretation of regional Indian cuisine and brings its vibrant decor to the outdoors in a brightly colored, tented structure. With a wide-ranging dinner menu that i...

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La Grande Boucherie

$$$$·French·
Rockefeller Center Midtown
1,142 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Located underneath a covered, open-air pedestrian passageway in Midtown, La Grande Boucherie’s outdoor dining area mimics the galleries that connect many streets in Paris. Surrounded by colorful stain...

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Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area

Maison Harlem

$$$$·French·
Harlem
817 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Sunday Lunch

Open for lunch, brunch, and dinner, this classic French bistro in Harlem has a tented patio area for outdoor diners to enjoy shade and a cross breeze from the open sides. The menu features standouts s...

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Red Peony

$$$$·Chinese·
Midtown West
162 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Good for Groups

A wide variety of Chinese fare in all its glory is on display at Red Peony, from fiery Sichuan to tamer Cantonese in dishes such as soup dumplings and other dim sum, Peking duck, whole braised fish, a...

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Chinese in Manhattan

Laduree Soho Restaurant

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,270 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion

Experience full-on Paris chic in Laduree’s stunning courtyard, a shaded tree- and floral-filled garden made for enjoying warmer weather. The French teahouse is famous for its macarons and other tradit...

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The Little Owl

$$$$·Mediterranean·
West Village
3,015 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

Focusing exclusively on outdoor dining in the last year, Little Owl has refined its patio to create an inviting space that retains the ambiance that made the dining room a go-to spot for anniversaries...

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Mediterranean in New York / Tri-State Area
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Osamil

$$$$·Korean·
Midtown West
315 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot

For a unique outdoor dining experience that’s perfect for a special occasion, head to Osamil’s “Pojangmacha,” a nod to Korea’s outdoor dining set-ups from the late ’80s. Featuring a small red hut with...

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Korean in New York / Tri-State Area
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Amylos

$$$$·Greek·
Astoria
405 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Authentic

Amylos serves Greek cuisine that ranges from the traditional to riffs on classic dishes. Book a table on the restaurant’s covered patio for brunch, lunch, or dinner, and enjoy dishes such as grilled c...

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Best Ambiance in Queens

Bistro Eloise

$$$$·Traditional French·
Jackson Heights
155 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

This neighborhood restaurant offers a tour of France via its menu, from classic crêpes to coq au vin. Lunch, brunch, and dinner can all be had on the restaurant’s breezy tented patio area. Don’t miss ...

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Best Overall in Queens

American Brass

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Long Island City
178 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront

There’s no better time than summer for enjoying waterfront dining and fresh seafood, and American Brass complements its upscale East River setting with seasonal menus and local ingredients. Along with...

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Kid Friendly in Queens

Bin 5

$$$$·Italian·
Staten Island
473 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

A fenced backyard with trees creates a dreamy outdoor setting for a meal at acclaimed Staten Island wine bar Bin 5. Snag a table under the shade and enjoy eclectic dishes such as stuffed figs, octopus...

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Best Overall in Staten Island

San Gennaro

$$$$·Italian·
Bronx
93 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Gluten Free Options

One of the newer arrivals to Arthur Avenue, San Gennaro mixes traditional Italian-American fare with lesser-seen specials inspired by the Italian-born chef’s upbringing. Sit on the shaded, open-air pa...

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Best Service in Bronx