The arrival of springtime in New York opens an invitation to gather with friends and enjoy the newly awakened outdoors. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite al fresco dining spots perfect for doing just that.
190 Ave. B, New York, NY 10009 (nr. 12th St.)
This local East Village spot boasts a farm-to-table menu and a cozy backyard patio that feels like home. Although renowned for their grassfed burger, Back Forty’s array of small plates and snacks are perfect for sharing. Their “Tequila Flower” cocktail is also not to be missed. (Image via Guest of a Guest).
246 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10001 (nr. 24th St.)
Bottino’s Tuscan Italian cuisine and contemporary decor attracts more than just art lovers in its West Chelsea gallery district location. The menu consists of classics like penne alla bolognese as well as more inventive items like bucatini with apple-smoked bacon, tomato and shallots. But Bottino’s best feature? Their indoor/outdoor dining area that can be enjoyed all season long. (Image via Bottino)
David Burke Kitchen
23 Grand St., New York, NY 10013 (at Sixth Ave.)
Known for its inventive, locally sourced cuisine, David Burke Kitchen also plays home to an enormous outdoor dining experience. A few menu favorites include the pretzel crab cake, the lobster and sweetbreads, and the pork chops with cumin bacon, mango chutney, and parsley onion rings. (Image via Sip Chat Chow)
End of Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002 (nr. Rivington St.)
On Rivington between Bowery and Chrystie Streets lies Freemans Alley–a charming cobblestone roads that transports restaurant goers away from New York City and into somewhere magical. The menu: rustic American cuisine. The cocktails: completely innovative. And while there is no outdoor dining to speak of, we find the whole experience a worthy addition to the list. (Image via Eatery Row)
Vinegar Hill House
72 Hudson Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11201 (nr. Water St.)
Although Vinegar Hill House sits just north of DUMBO, the cozy restaurant brings its patrons back to simpler times with its non-pretentious atmosphere, wood furniture, worn wallpaper, and colonial flag hanging inside. The eatery’s wood burning oven has cooked up rave reviewed items, particularly for the half roasted chicken and stuffed squid. Vinegar Hill House’s outdoor space provides an intimate setting–peaceful under the shade of a few gorgeous trees. (Image courtesy of Vinegar Hill House)
(Lead photograph from Vogue