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Best Restaurants with Outdoor Seating

For those looking to literally dine out, these restaurants are the apex of New York's considerable cache of alfresco options (or New York's en plein air dining, if you're in the mood for French).

(718) 643-5400
187 Columbia St
Brooklyn, NY 11231+1402
Alma is a landmark in the New York dining scene. Built from the ground up, handcrafted by the four owners, each of the three floors offers a unique atmosphere. In 2002, Alma opened its doors under the auspice of Chef Gary Jacobson. Carrying on his tradition, Chef Hans Dannerhoj continues to provide sophisticated and memorable cuisine.


(718) 768-2044
501 11th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215+4303
Applewood is an especially cozy little restaurant, owing partially to its tucked-away location just off of the otherwise bustling 7th Avenue in Park Slope.

(212) 226-1102 Make Reservation
398 W Broadway
New York, NY 10012+4302
Barolo has two beautiful dining rooms, and if you go all the way to the back, you will see their famous outdoor garden with dining. Aside from the beautiful dining areas, Barolo offers some of the best Italian food in New York, a prize-winning wine list, and an elegant and warm atmosphere.

Boathouse Cafe In Central Park
(212) 517-2233 Make Reservation
East 72nd Street & Park Drive North
New York, NY 10001
The ideal spot for a weekend brunch in warm weather, you'll find fewer places that are more romantic to take a date. On the other hand, the food and service are rather average, so do keep this in mind. Reservations highly recommended.

(212) 488-2626 Make Reservation
181 West 10 Street
New York, NY 10014
Tucked inconspicuously into an old brownstone near the corner of 10th Street & 7th avenue, Bobo quietly announces its place on the culinary map of the West Village. While French-inspired fare is de rigueur in the village, Bobo stands out because of it elegance, and quirkiness.

Bogota Latin Bistro

(718) 230-3805 Make Reservation
141 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217+4420
A stunningly delicious Latin bistro with a menu to beat anything similar in the Park Slope area. Bogota also mixes a mean sangria that somehow manages to be as sweet as it is strong.

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
(718) 274-4925
2919 24th Ave
Astoria, NY 11102+1129
Bohemian Hall has the last remaining Outdoor Beer Garden in all of New York City. In 1892, the Bohemian Citizens' Benevolent Society was formed, and in 1910, the Society purchased two adjacent lots, part of a farm. The cornerstone of Bohemian Hall was laid that October. At one time, over 800 beer gardens were in New York City - three in Astoria alone. Only Bohemian Hall and Park survives to carry this proud tradition into the new millennium! The rediscovery has a price: Bohemia can be overrun with hipsters.

Cha Cha's In Bocca Al Lupo
(212) 431-9755
113 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10013+4676
Formerly the site of a 110 year old butcher shop, Cha Cha's is an extraordinary Italian café and restaurant with the only outdoor garden café for dining in New York City's Little Italy. Besides a full menu of suitable for lunch or a special romantic dinner, it also has an large assortment of Italian pastries, cannolis, frozen desserts and gelate are truly dazzling. A favorite stop during the San Gennaro Feast, held every September, that famous brand of Cha Cha's Sausage with its perfect blend of spices, is know far and wide. Cha Cha's Gelato is considered the best west of Rome Italy.