Where to Eat Outdoors in NYC

Where to Eat Outdoors in NYC

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This city has plenty of outdoor dining—so much so, in fact, that it can be hard to know where to go. To help you out, we've rounded up some of our favorite restaurants, from cheap to blow-out, that satisfy on both food and outdoor atmosphere.

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    A splurge restaurant but well worth it for special occasions, and there's a beautiful patio for eating outdoors. One of the city's top seafood restaurants, hands-down.
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    Riverpark has two options for outdoor seating: a formal patio and a more casual terrace furnished with communal picnic tables. Both options put you right on the edge of the East River, but Riverpark isn't just about the view.
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    The restaurant has seafood dishes, but is best known for its great oyster selection. Absinthe cocktails drive the NOLA experience home at what may be the city's most civilized oyster bar.
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    It's no secret that New York City is lacking in open space, but we have more than our share of rooftops, and Birreria on top of Eataly is the Flatiron's oasis with wonderful beer and housemade sausages.
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    The spicy feta dip, Greek-style fried potatoes, and fried zucchini are standouts. Come warm weather, the front floor to ceiling windows open wide to let in the air, and the back garden is open for business.
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    One of the city's most beloved Thai restaurants has outdoor seating, and it's as slick as the dining room (which seats over a hundred). Come for the spicy fried watercress salads and all the curries, arguably the best of their kind in the city.
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    The exterior might be a little grungy, but the patio out back is anything but, a surprising touch of elegance for the industrial neighborhood. Come for the pizza, the burger, brunch, pasta, charcuterie, and then some.
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    A spacious garden feels straight out of a Chiang Mai side street, a fitting setting for meals of papaya salad and grilled pork neck.
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    Head down to Bay Ridge and you'll find a bar and beer garden serving craft beer and homemade hot dogs in some funky flavors. Heaters keep the backyard open in the winter, too, and there are TVs indoors and out tuned in to the night's sporting event.
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    The sign outside of Locanda Vini e Olii reads "Lewis Drug Store," but the space isn't filling prescriptions anymore. You'll find Tuscan-inspired fare like Venetian sardines in saor and potato and pancetta tortelli.
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    The Lobster Joint's backyard is an expansive graveled lot full of picnic tables. Though the lobster rolls aren't quite the best in the city, they're well worth an order, as are greaseless fried oysters and crab tossed with tartar sauce.
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    Dumbo has some of the best waterfront views in Brooklyn, and Gran Electrica takes full advantage of the location—the back patio has a prime view of the Brooklyn Bridge.
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