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The Best Al Fresco Places in New York City

Published: July 13th, 2018

One of the greatest things about Summer in New York City is the opportunity to dine al fresco all over the city. From Bushwick, Brooklyn, to right beneath the Chelsea High Line, here are some of the most highly-reviewed and creative places to visit all summer.  

Photo credit: @Barbutonyc


For Italian fair, when the weather is just right, the sides of the building slide up like garage doors &
unveil a perfect spot to relax and enjoy a New York summers eve. The chef, Jonathan Waxman,
was the 2016 James Beard Award winner for “Best Chef, New York City”, & his plates do not disappoint.
Calamari, gnocchi, duck breast & veal are just a small selection of items on this wonderfully eclectic menu.

To make a reservation at Barbuto, click here!


Photo credit: Pier i Cafe


Only open from May to mid-October in Riverside Park South, this delicious eatery is located
right on the waterfront & provides some of the best views the city has to offer. The menu leans
towards Americana comfort-food, with burgers, steak summer squash & sweet corn on the cob.
The price-point is very reasonable, & you can stay and watch the sunset reflect on the water
with great company & a glass of wine.


Photo Credit: Dante NYC


Voted one of the Best First-Date Bars in NYC, this legendary circa-1915 cafe is best
know for serving small plates in an upscale setting. All of the pizzas, paninis & appetizers are
incredibly well priced, & you can even custom-design your own pasta to you exact liking.
After dinner, unwind further with a delicious cup of coffee & an Italian biscotti, or even tiramisu.


Photo Credit: Roberta’s Pizza


Located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this industrial, sustainable restaurant is most certainly a place
to try. Adorned with strung Christmas lights on the patio & its own urban farm,
this restaurant grows its produce in both backyard plant bins & in a greenhouse on a
metal shipping container. Everything from homegrown vegetables to artisanal pizza is served
here, at an incredible price-point.


Photo Credit: Yelp, Narcissa


Refined, farm-to-table cuisine, great outdoor seating and cozily located in the East Village;
these are all factors that make this restaurant on every New York food critics list.
Opening every day at 5:30, except for brunch of course, the menu lists a brilliant selection of seafood,
french toast bites, & their signature salad with market greens, strawberries, smoked
gouda and pistachios. It’s a little on the pricey side, but from all the rave reviews,
we think it might be worth it.

To make a reservation at Narcissa, click here!


Photo Credit: The Infatuation, Santina


Located under the High Line, this sleek Italian place is a glass building know for their
great desserts, small plates & creative cocktails. Santina is an award-winning restaurant
with an emphasis on fish and vegetables, not to mention that all dishes can be prepared gluten-free.
If you’re in the mood for a light, but satisfying experience that’s airs a bit more on
the high-end, this is the place for you.

To make a reservation at Santina, click here!

If you are staying at the Hotel Giraffe or Library Hotel, you can dine al fresco without going too far at Bread & Tulips or Madison & Vine.
Any of our concierge staff at all of our  NYC Properties are happy to assist you with reservations.