|Dine at Central Park’s Tavern on the Green.|
New York City is currently in the summer weather sweet spot – it’s not too hot for us to complain about the heat, and it’s not too cold that we don’t want to be outside. Ideal temperatures in New York mean that it’s the perfect time of year to eat or drink outside. We’ve listed five of our favorite outdoor bars and restaurants in NYC to enjoy a delicious meal or cocktail while also enjoying the weather, so you can experience a quintessential part of summer in the city.
Bricolage, 162 5th Ave, Brooklyn
If you’re a fan of the continental style, Bricolage’s Vietnamese food and drinks may be up your alley. This casualPark Slope spot has a small outdoor garden, which plays into the restaurant’s intimate vibe, as well as an open kitchen and smaller-than-usual dining room. Bricolage is open year-round for brunch, lunch, and dinner, but visiting during the evening gives you the chance to sit in the lit-up outdoor garden, which makes the space feel almost magical.
Tavern on the Green, 67th and Central Park West
A New York City classic, and for good reason –– Tavern on the Green reopened in 2013, and its impeccable style and service continue to make the restaurant a Manhattan dining destination. Sitting outside gives you a great view of everything that goes on in CentralPark, from horse-drawn carriage rides to group walking tours to park musicians practicing outdoors. As this is a popular spot (for locals and tourists), be sure to make a reservation for your visit.
Spuyten Duyvil, 359 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
After a long day in New York, sometimes all you want to do is sit down with a great glass of craft beer.
Despite the difficulty in pronouncing the name (SPY-ten DYE-vil), Spuyten Duyvil has a great outdoor patio where you can do exactly that. Their beer garden is open year-round, and the beer on tap rotates depending on what’s in season. Add to that a plate of perfectly paired meats and cheeses, and you’ll be counting down the days until your next visit.
Refinery Rooftop, 63 W 38th St, Midtown
This rooftop restaurant and bar in the Refinery Hotel has breathtaking views of the Empire State Building, and what better way to take in the views of Manhattan’s Garment District than with a cocktail in hand? Refinery Rooftop’s cocktail menu changes every season and is more expensive than other spots on our list, but it’s well worth it. The drinks are designed by “Master Mixologist” Alex Ott, who emphasizes both exotic and natural ingredients in his drinks. There’s something for every barfly on Ott’s menu.
Juliette, 135 N 5th St, Brooklyn
If you’re bummed that you can’t travel to France this summer, perhaps a glass of wine on Juliette’s rooftop terrace will help ease the pain. Located off of the L Train in Williamsburg, Juliette could be your next choice for a weekend brunch date. The space is covered in lush greenery, and the walk up is covered in French fixtures and tchotchkes. If you’re more interested in dinner rather than brunch, arrive a little before sunset so you can get an amazing view of the Williamsburg sky.