Where to Dine in the Sunshine While Summer Lasts
As we head into the final stretch of summer, we should take advantage of outdoor dining while the warm weather lasts! Below, we’ve rounded up a list of dining spots that New Yorkers can enjoy especially on Eat Outside Day which falls on August 31st.
Avena Downtown (260 Sixth Avenue, NYC, 212–505–9252, www.avenadowntown.com)
At this Italian hotspot, guests can dine al fresco on the large, shaded patio. The restaurant offers delectable appetizers such as Capesante Scottate featuring sea scallop with truffles and Fritto Misto, a medley of fried calamari, shrimp, and crab cakes. Diners can also indulge in pasta dishes such as their famous Bolognese and entrees including their classic Amalfi seafood stew called Guazzetto di Pesce e Crostaci.
Carmine’s (2450 Broadway, NYC, 212–362–2200, www.carminesnyc.com)
With ample outdoor seating on their cozy front patio, Carmine’s on the Upper West Side is a place where New Yorkers can enjoy a family-style Italian feast in the fresh air. Guests can sip on cocktails such as the Lemondrop Espresso Martini or opt for an ice cold beer or a glass of wine from their extensive list. Not to be missed are their large-portioned pasta dishes, appetizers like Fried Zucchini and Scarpariello Wings, and their perfect-for-a-group Titanic ice cream dessert.
Clay (553 Manhattan Avenue, NYC, 212–729–1850, www.claynyc.com)
New Yorkers looking to avoid the sun but feel as though they’re dining al fresco can head to Clay and grab a seat near the folded open doors. With views of lively Manhattan Avenue, guests can indulge in signature seasonal American dishes like Chicken Liver, Confit Duck Leg, and Red Snapper while sipping on craft cocktails and natural wines.
DaDong (3 Bryant Park, NYC, 212–355–9600, www.dadongny.com)
Midtown’s upscale Chinese restaurant DaDong has a stunning second-story Garden Terrace perfect for al fresco dining and drinking. The 150-seat picturesque terrace features an outdoor bar, dining and lounge space with awesome views of midtown Manhattan. Guests can kick back under wooden pergolas while enjoying frosé or oysters from their Raw Bar. A tranquil reflecting pool is at the center of the terrace, surrounded by potted greenery, and water sculptures by Chinese artist Zheng Lu.
Lupa (170 Thompson Street, NYC, 212–982–5089, www.luparestaurant.com)
Located in Greenwich Village, this popular roman trattoria offers a gorgeous outdoor seating area which boasts the same Italian authenticity of the restaurant. Guests can sit shoulder-to-shoulder next to vibrant green plants while twirling strands of pasta and sipping on an Aperol Spritz, making them feel as though they are on the streets of Rome if only for a brief moment. Menu highlights include Bucatini All’Amatriciana, Pollo alla Diavola, and Saltimbocca.
Oli.Vine (36–03 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, NY, 917–832–7008, www.oli-vine.com)
The outdoor area in front of this inviting Mediterranean/Greek spot is the perfect place to do some serious people watching while enjoying dishes like Taramasalata, Greek Salad with Kritamo, Pita Sfakiani, Shrimp Loukamandes, and Goat Cheese Gnocchi. Additionally, the restaurant sports a backyard that is also perfect for a date or dining with as a group!
Rahi (60 Greenwich Avenue, NYC, 212–273–8900, www.rahinyc.com)
Rahi, the critically acclaimed artisanal Indian eatery in Greenwich Village, offers outdoor seating in front of the restaurant. Diners can bask in the sun while enjoying modern takes on classic Indian dishes such as Tangra Octopus, Chili Cheese Toast, Three Mango Cod, Banana Leaf Chicken, and others. Rahi also boasts a killer Indian-inspired cocktail list for those looking to sip on a refreshing beverage!
Sorbillo (334 Bowery, NYC, 646–476–8049, www.sorbillonyc.com)
New Yorkers can enjoy authentic Neapolitan pizzas outdoors on Sorbillo’s large open patio. At this New York outpost by famed Italian pizzaiolo Gino Sorbillo, guests can dig into pies including the Carbonara, Portofino with pesto, and ‘Nduja, along with newer dishes like homemade Black Squid Ink Tagliolini and Ricotta-stuffed Zucchini Blossoms. All of these dishes can be perfectly paired with a beverage from Sorbillo’s selection of Italian beer and wines.
The Stand (116 East 16th Street, NYC, 212–677–2600, www.thestandnyc.com)
New York City icon The Stand recently opened at a new Union Square location with a restaurant on the street level and a comedy club below, and guests can grab a spot near the open folding doors to enjoy the summer breeze. Diners can indulge in dishes like brick-oven pizza, Rotisserie Duck, Shrimp Po’ Boy and a Summer Tomato Salad featuring ingredients from the nearby greenmarket while sipping on witty craft cocktails like the Ya Mama So… and One Liner.