Top 30 Outdoor Seating Spots

It is finally warm and sunny this weekend, which means we are imbibing ourselves with rosé, craft beers and eggs benedict all in the al fresco style. Here are thirty of our favorite spots (images in slideshow above)…

West Village 

Barbuto: We have been waiting to have a glass of rosé outside Barbuto all season. Perch yourself there, get the Pizza Uovo and don’t ask questions.

Da Silvano: An oldie but a goodie in terms of quintessential people-watching.

AOC: Brunch in a courtyard on Grove Street…it could be the title of a book.

Extra Virgin: A nice Italian, quiet brunch on one of our favorite New York streets, West 4th.

Hudson Clearwater: I mean, who doesn’t love a great outdoor garden?

Tertulia: Spanish tapas, outside, with a mojito on the side. This is what we’re ordering tomorrow.

Meatpacking District

Standard Biergarten: Soft pretzels, Moscow Mules, very large beers and the possibility of running into every person you know under thirty in New York.

Soho House: Gotta love a good rooftop; you can find us here with Whispering Angel rosé this weekend.

Dos Caminos: Don’t knock it. If you want a margarita at the center of the world this weekend – aka Meatpacking District in warm weather – this is the place.


Jack’s Wife Freda: The food at this gem from Maya and Dean speaks for itself, but expect to wait. Then order the Mediteranean breakfast.

Sant Ambroeus: It’s possibly the best SoHo people-watching there is; go for a cappuccino or a glass of red wine.

Café Select: The perfect spot for people watching and feeling like you’re starring in a classic French film.

Park Slope

Lavender Lake: Yes, we’ll journey to Park Slope for this fun gastropub, where the backyard feels more like your friends are throwing an upscale outdoor barbecue. 

Alchemy Restaurant & Tavern: Gastropub with an outdoor garden. Done and done.

Franny’s: Everything you see, we owe to pizza at Franny’s.


Café Mogador: Whether you’re in Williamsburg or the East Village, it’s one of our favorite brunches and now you can have it outside. We’re all about the Moroccan Benedict.

The Meatball Shop: Quintessential hangover food in the great outdoors.

Café Colette: Yummy French brunch fare – and one of our personal Williamsburg favorites.

Roberta’s: A fun outdoor area, where the wait is usually a lot shorter than inside seating and you can order some of the best pizza in town.

Maison Premiere: If you can’t have oysters underwater, you might as well have them in the middle of a lush garden.

Nolita/Lower East Side

Café Gitane: Don’t you want to eat the best avocado toast and be outside simultaneously?

Randolph Beer: Delicious craft beers here first, then a trip to nearby Chinatown for Dim Sum.  

Root & Bone: You usually don’t have to wait long for a spot on the sidewalk, where the food comes take-out style. 

Gemma: Good place to brunch, people-watch and feel chic.

Birds & Bubbles: Fried chicken and champagne: Best brunch combo ever.

Financial District

Ambrose Hall: Yes people, things are going on at South Street Seaport. Things like turf, lawn chairs and an outdoor biergarten from the guys at Lure Group.

Ulysses: Have you ever had a drink on Stone Street? Don’t roll your eyes; if you haven’t there’s a first time for everything and that time is this weekend. Single girls, this is where they all will be.


Tiny’s: Poached eggs and rosé on a corner in Tribeca. Done and done.

The Odeon: A Keith McNally classic; how can you say no?

Locanda Verde: Breakfast outside at Locanda is our favorite thing. That, and their garlic potatoes.