Restaurants and Dining

5 Cutest Outdoor Dining Spots in Manhattan

When indoor seating restrictions stopped the spread of COVID-19 successfully, New York restaurants began to create makeshift patio spaces. Sidewalks, parking lots, and even the street itself became an extension of a restaurant’s dining availability. The romance and excitement of outdoor dining is very much alive this summer in NYC , but where are the best places to go for the full outdoor dining experience?

Quality Bistro, Midtown

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This New York restaurant offers contemporary takes on bistro classics and this summer, they’re offering a special Bistro Wine Dinner. Any appetizer, entrée, and dessert with unlimited pours of curated wines for only $85 per person. For outdoor dining they’ve crafted outdoor garden booths, or opt for an indoor dining experience with gorgeous high ceilings and lots of growing plants.

Cantina Rooftop, Hell’s Kitchen

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A rooftop with panoramic views of New York City, this is the place to be for a modern Mexican menu and a lovely selection of specialty tequila and mezcal cocktails. The interior first floor is a post-vaccine must, as well as their Piña Loca drink. It’s a lovely place for a birthday, special event, or just a girl’s night out! Visit their website here.

La Grande Boucherie, Midtown

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Boucherie is a traditional French brasserie and steakhouse. Their latest Midtown location is one of the most authentically French dining spots in Manhattan. The outdoor plaza stretches the length of a block and features a gorgeous skylight and heated floor. It’s a perfect year-round outdoor seating location! They also have separate locations in the West Village and Union Square.

Sushi Lab Rooftop NYC, Midtown

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Sushi Lab provides a unique dining experience with their creative twist on traditional sushi. Their rooftop is intimate which is an absolute plus in New York restaurants and the floral and trendy ambiance will make you feel like you’re in a garden. Make sure to snag a reservation a few days before you plan to go, because it’s becoming more popular by the day!

Olio e Piú, West Village

A restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine, Olio e Piú focuses on house-made pastas, hand-stretched pizza, and delicious entrees. A 45-seat open patio that juts out into the street is full of beautiful botanicals and greenery, and looks out onto the Jefferson Market Library. It’s a perfect date night spot, with excellent food and an outdoor space that will have you feeling like you’re in Europe.
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