ATTACHÉ AL FRESCO | THE ULTIMATE NYC OUTDOOR DINING GUIDE / by Brackett Bilodeau

There’s outdoor dining, and then there’s outdoor dining in NYC. We’re paying homage to the city that never sleeps -- or eats inside during the summertime.


THE CLAM

This neighborhood favorite draws inspiration from its namesake ingredient, leaving its continuous warm weather crowds as happy as...well, clams. Grab a patio seat and don’t miss out on the daily selection of East and West coast oysters with chili-lime mignonette, along with basically everything else on the menu.

420 Hudson Street at Leroy Street


Image courtesy of Gotham Magazine

Image courtesy of Gotham Magazine

DAVID BURKE KITCHEN GARDEN

The sunny second-floor terrace at The James Hotel’s David Burke Kitchen is a quiet oasis amid the SoHo buzz, and the killer eats make matters that much better.

23 Grand Street at Avenue of the Americas


PERRINE AT THE PIERRE

With the ultra-luxe hotel’s recent restaurant facelift comes peppy Perrine, a brightly seasonal bistro helmed by Executive Chef Ashfer Biju. The patio is slated to open mid-summer and will feature seating for 18.

2 East 61st Street at Fifth Avenue


Image courtesy of WSJ

Image courtesy of WSJ

GALLOW GREEN

With the transformation from winter mode to the foliage-rich Gallow Green we all know and love, The McKittrick Hotel’s rooftop dining space has officially unveiled a brand new dining and beverage program for the summer season. Catch this west side hotspot for brunch, dinner, dusky cocktails, or a nightcap after a good old showing of Sleep No More.

542 West 27th Street between Tenth and 11th Avenues


SCARPETTA

3pm each Friday, Saturday and Sunday marks the happiest of outdoor dining hours in Scarpetta’s very first time opening its doors before dinner service. Afternoon al fresco date over rosé and crudo, anyone?

355 West 14th Street at Hudson Street


VANDAL

Breaking news: TAO Group’s Vandal has just opened the doors to its Secret Garden for lunch. Check it out Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 3:30pm.

199 Bowery between Delancey and Rivington Streets


MR. PURPLE AT HOTEL INDIGO LES

Brunch on a rooftop? Sign us up. This Lower East Side pool hang doubles as a vibrant outdoor bar and restaurant, perfect for soaking up some sun -- and some hummus with crudité.

180 Orchard Street, 15th floor (between Stanton and Houston Streets)


SEAMORE’S

This summer, downtown’s sweetest seafood-centric hotspot will offer full sidewalk seating on both Mulberry and Broome Streets, serving up seasonal specialties like poké with avocado, ponzu, and peanuts, kale and avocado salad, and seared seasonal fish tacos with black bean purée, avocado, and crema. No time to sit? Seamore's will also be serving the fan-favorite poké and soft serve from its Mulberry Street takeout window.

390 Broome Street at Mulberry Street


BLACK BARN

Breakfast, lunch, brunch, or dinner overlooking Madison Square Park sounds like a plan we can get behind. Don’t miss out on the breathtaking solo venture from former Waldorf Astoria chef John Doherty, where the indoor views are just as enticing as the patio’s.

19 East 26th Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues


FREUD

Greenwich Village newcomer Freud, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Eduard Frauneder, (Edi & The Wolf, The Third Man, chef of the German House at the United Nations), has just debuted their patio seating for the warm weather season. Freud’s patio is open for both dinner and brunch al fresco.

506 Laguardia Place between Houston and Bleecker Streets


ALTA LINEA AT THE HIGH LINE HOTEL

This summer, Alta Linea returns to The High Line Hotel in partnership with renowned beverage expert and restaurateur Joe Campanale to reopen the lush seasonal outdoor restaurant in the hotel’s front courtyard and garden. Much like last year, Alta Linea will evoke the Italian culture of al fresco drinking and dining to West Chelsea, offering a vibrant beverage menu of aperitivi cocktails (cue spritzes and frozen negronis) along with a new food menu from chef Francis Peabody, formerly of dell'anima and Mission Chinese.

180 Tenth Avenue at 21st Street


NARCISSA

This East Village charmer never ceases to please the palate, or the eye for that matter -- think lush greenery, chambray banquettes, lounge chairs, and ample outdoor space (not taken for granted 'round these parts). Michelin-star studded Chef John Fraser helms the open kitchen, serving up farm-fresh and artisanal dishes with ingredients sourced directly from André Balazs's Hudson Valley farm. A little slow roasted bone-in prime ribeye with gem salad and sea salt potatoes under the Manhattan sky never hurt anyone.

21 Cooper Square between East 5th and 6th Streets (inside Standard East)


SANTINA

Coastal Italian meets coastal Manhattan in Major Food Group’s latest venture, Santina. Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone, and Jeff Zalaznick along with renowned architect Renzo Piano bring this glass-ensconced beauty to the High Line, drawing inspiration from the neighborhood’s rich history and featuring signature dishes Italian in spirit and modern in execution. Sipping meloncello beneath the High Line never sounded so good.

820 Washington Street at Gansevoort Street