Top Spots for Outdoor Eating in NYC

Summertime calls for dining alfresco. Of course Long Island isn’t lacking in that aspect with tons of options across Nassau and Suffolk. But those looking for a change in scenery can hop on the LIRR (keep your cool when it comes to those summer delays) and enjoy seven memorable NYC outdoor restaurants.

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Boat Basin Café

Boat Basin Cafe


Hidden away in the Upper West Side, Boat Basin Café is easy to miss. But this seasonal, casual outdoor restaurant is worth the trip west. Diners get to eat and drink on the patio overlooking a marina on the Hudson River. Gorgeous sunset views are promised. The airy indoor space also offers seating and a bar area that’s usually buzzing with a crowd on a warm day. The menu includes an array of finger foods like a chicken Philly cheesesteak and applewood bacon burger. There’s also frozen drinks that go well with summer including a piña colada, which comes in a pitcher upon request. Phone: 212-496-5542 | Address: W 79th St. Click to go


This Italian marketplace in Flatiron is home to La Birreria, a microbrewery and rooftop restaurant with a retractable roof. Located 14 floors above, it’s open every season under a different theme. This summer it’s transformed into SABBIA evoking an Italian seaside with beach-inspired decor. The menu stays true to the theme with an assortment of Italian dishes and an oyster bar. Pair that with a Frosé (frozen rosé)—made with vodka, Carpineto “Dogaiolo” Rosato 2016, peach liqueur, prickly pear purée 
and grapefruit juice—for the ultimate summer experience. Phone: 212-937-8910 | Address: 200 5th Ave Click to go

Pier A Harbour House



Another spot with stunning views of the Hudson River, Pier A Harbour House has just as much history as it does beauty. Opened in 1886, it was once the headquarters for the New York Harbor Police and Department of Docks. In later years, European ambassadors traveling to Ellis Island used the location as a VIP entrance. It’s no surprise then that the 28,000-square foot space is now listed as a landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, guests can grab a seat on the outdoor deck to enjoy a bunch of seafood options including an oyster bar and a lobster roll on a toasted hot bun. The drink menu features unique house cocktails like the Bermuda Triangle made with Gosling’s Rum, Barritt’s Ginger Beer, lime and Velvet Falernum. Phone: 212-785-0153 | Address: 22 Battery Pl Click to go

Roof at Park South

A gorgeous view of the New York City skyline is guaranteed at this colorful rooftop decorated with orange chairs and wooden accents. There’s also a fire pit and tiki bar adding some more memorable elements into the mix. The food options are few, including a mushroom quesadilla and shrimp cocktail, but that’s because the cocktails steal the show here. And some are far from ordinary. Think of a Dukes’ Martini made with freezing cold Plymouth Gin and served with a portion of caviar. Phone: 212-204-5222 | Address: 125 E 27th St Click to go

Shake Shack at Madison Square Park

Shake Shack at Madison Square Park


The Shake Shack experience is taken up a notch at Madison Square Park where casual outdoor seating is available day and night. Since this Shake Shack opened in 2004, the southern end of this popular park has been attracting a crowd. Hop on line (it might be a wait) to order those famous burgers and shakes and then grab a seat among the trees at one of the green chair and table sets. Not sold? This location is so popular it was even featured in the 2011 movie Something Borrowed starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinski. Also, a portion of each purchase goes to the Madison Square Park and its programs. Phone: 212-889-6600 | Address: Madison Ave & E. 23rd St Click to go

Pier i Cafe

Views of the Hudson River and gorgeous sunsets make Pier i Cafe a picturesque spot to spend a casual day. Pick up food like a burger, Maine lobster roll or grilled swordfish taco from the ordering station and then take a seat under one of the green umbrellas on the waterfront. Pair that with a summer cocktail like the Island Kiss mixed with coconut rum, amaretto liqueur, cranberry topper and lime juice dash. Not in the mood for a cocktail? No problem. There’s also a coffee bar offering macchiatos, cappuccinos, chai lattes and cold coffees. Phone: 212-362-4450 | Address: 500 W 70th St. Click to go

Grand Banks

Grand Banks NYC


What better way to take in summer than on a boat? This historic wooden schooner known as Sherman Wicker was hand-built in 1942 and sits at Hudson River Park. The menu is heavily focused on seafood with East and West coast oysters and seasonal fish driven by Executive Chef Kerry Heffernan, who is also a fisherman and conservationist. Wine, beer and nautically-inspired summer cocktails are also on deck. Phone: 212-660-6312 | Address: Hudson River Park, Pier 25 Click to go

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