New Yorkers are known to be especially enamored with their outdoor dining. After all, eating alfresco is a luxury that’s limited to a few months out of the year here in NYC. Ahead, we’ve spotlighted some of the city’s best patios and rooftops we’re looking forward to experiencing this spring and summer.
You’ll find a handsome sprawling patio space on the plaza level of the Maritime Hotel, outside of Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s La Sirena. Depending on where you’re seated, you can order from La Sirena’s Italian-focused menu or the Tapas Bar menu of small plates, which pair perfectly with cocktails and wine. 88 9th Ave., 212-977-6096
The hip downtown set crowding the tables at Gemma vie for the popular sidewalk seating at this Bowery Hotel hotspot. Equally as good as the people watching is the menu full of Italian-inspired items—whether you’re craving a bowl of penna alla norma or a spicy negroni to drink. 335 Bowery, 212-505-9100
Order a Frosé or this year’s new Frozen Mule at STK Midtown’s patio in the shadows of the iconic Grace Building and nearby Bryant Park. Add a lobster roll with black truffle or grilled bacon slider to enjoy the best of outdoor dining right in the middle of the city. 1114 Sixth Ave., 646-624-2455
Unlike other popular rooftop bars in the city, food is not an afterthought at the Park South Hotel’s The Roof. Guests can take in views of the trendy Nomad neighborhood as they enjoy items off James Bead award-winning chef Tim Cushman’s new menu (think yellowtail poke tacos, mushroom quesadillas and fried artichokes) and sip on beverage director Ted Kilpatrick’s ultimate frozen cocktail, the Miami Vice, featuring a tropical blend of house-made, infused ingredients in the Strawberry Daiquiri and Piña Colada. 125 E. 27th St., 212-204-5222
The outdoor patio at Williamsburg’s Cafe de la Esquina oozes a relaxed, beachy vibe with its vibrant, Mexican-inspired decor. Wear your sunnies and best summer apparel to feel right at home as you dig into an order of queso fundido and throw back a refreshing margarita. 225 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, 718-393-5500
The indoor/outdoor, 360-degree views of the city from 37 floors up at the new Lovage Rooftop & Indoor Lounge make it a standout any time of day or night. Whether you want sundowner cocktails or an evening out with friends, city landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Freedom Tower, and the Statue of Liberty lend an unforgettable backdrop to this sleek rooftop bar. 350 W. 40th St., 212-956-7020
Order a steak frites au poivres or a plate of charcuterie and you might feel like you’ve transported yourself to a corner of Paris at this new French brasserie in the West Village. The sidewalk seating surrounds elegant French doors that open the restaurant to the street for the ultimate open-air dining experience. 99 Seventh Ave. S., 212-837-1616