These last few days of summer are precious so take advantage and do all things summer: enjoy the outdoors, bqq, and cool off with something cool 'n' sweet. Check out all of these New York City restaurants offering up just what you need!
Go On a Picnic:
Folks who want to relax in Washington Square Park should order pizza picnic boxes from Pizza Roma on Bleecker Street in the West Village. These clever carryout containers, named after parks in Rome, are filled with the restaurant’s signature Roman-style pizza al taglio (square pizza by the cut), Paninis, fresh summer salads, and more.
A holiday is simply not a holiday without some good eats—and drinks—to accent the occasion. New York City is a melting pot that offers food from pots of many cultures. There are plenty options for July 4th and the weekend leading up to it where New Yorkers and tourists can go to celebrate.
Be one of the first to try an outdoor dining experience at La Mar Cebicheria on Friday, June 29th as the Peruvian restaurant opens its patio seating area. The Flatiron District location provides a great view of Madison Square Park you can enjoy with lunch or dinner. Trying to keep it budget friendly? Go during happy hour from 3pm-7pm and order from the bar menu. There are some great options all under $10. The cocktail menu packs a punch, literally. The pisco punch is one of La Mar’s more popular drinks and even has a little history.
As no-jacket weather approaches, many look to dine outside in the fresh air- especially during brunch time. With limited space in the city, places tend to fill up rather quickly. At Savann, not only do you have the chance to dine al fresco but you get to do it with Turkish-style.
After 15 years of Savann being established, Chef Galip Ozbek decided to mix things up and began to cook traditional food from his country by request of his devout customers. Getting rid of the French cuisine Savann was once known for, Ozbek changed his concept by adding cozy colors to create a warm, quixotic ambiance and a new Turkish menu to set the mood.
There is something about dining outside that makes any evening a tad more romantic and low key. Luckily for San Franciscans, al fresco dining is a year-round possibility given the erratic but charming weather patterns. Here are a few great places to enjoy a delicious meal outside- winter, summer, and every season in between.
Sociale might not be on your radar, given its tucked away location, but it should be. Chef Tia Harrison has designed a carefully balanced Italian menu perfect for lunch or dinner on the patio. Items like the white bean crostino with arugula and parmesan are light but packed with flavor. Pappardelle with braised duck is accented with truffle oil and remains surpringly balanced. Rock shrimp stuffed Petrale sole is served with asparagus and lemon buerre blanc. Dinner is complete after a selection of cheeses or perhaps the house-made doughnuts and espresso shake. A meal on the secluded brick patio at Sociale is quiet, romantic and memorable.
“sip. taste. drink. discover.” is the simplistic and humble cliff note version of the description of the unique and memorable experience you will have as a guest at Eden South Beach.
Opening soon in a historical building on 23rd and Collins; Eden, a restaurant, bar and lounge with a lush outdoor garden patio is raising the bar on the South Beach dining experience! Award winning celebrity Chef Christopher Lee has created a sumptuous garden-to-plate menu that is literally, garden to plate. The “forbidden” fruits and herbs grown in this restaurant’s own patio garden will be utilized in the very dishes served, as well as in the tempting specialty cocktails.
1319 Third Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Santa Monica Pier and 3rd Street Promenade are nice little spots to show a visitor new to California. The view from the Pier's giant ferris wheel is not to be missed, and the people watching there is also quite fun. However, the food nearby leaves a little something to be desired, composed mainly of overpriced limp chicken fingers and hamburgers with thin and tough patties. There are of course nearby sit down restaurants (Bubba Gump's is one right on the Pier), but they tend to be loud, over-crowded, and difficult to get into.
34-08 31st Avenue
Queens, NY 11106
A tiny casual Italian restaurant located at Astoria is definitely worthy for you to try. Well known for their variety of paninis, they offer tapas, crostinis, and soup all at very reasonable prices. Enjoy the restaurant by dining inside or out at the outdoor garden while being serviced by the wonderful staff. With great atmosphere, food, and service what more can you ask for? So, go try out Il Bambino today!
It’s summer time and when not torrentially down pouring, New Yorkers want one thing: garden dining! Between the exhaust fumes, honking horns, curious dogs, and nosy passerbyers, even sidewalk tables can sometimes be more trouble than the fresh air is worth. No, we want to leave behind all the commotion for an hour or two and simply relax in a peaceful, preferably European, garden. Of course living in one of the biggest, busiest, most crowded cities in the world such leisurely outdoor ambience can be hard to come by. That’s why we’ve compiled a best-of list of the top garden restaurants in the city. Escape to any of these green getaways and you might even forget you’re still in Manhattan!
As the summer slowly approaches and air warms up enough for you stay out at night, you should start lining up some spots for outdoor eating. You have to catch it at the perfect time before the bugs launch their onslaught of annoyance, which can ruin the simplest outdoor activity. The fun thing about outdoor dining is that it can be anywhere outdoors, whether it is on the street, patio, terrace or courtyard.
If you’re in Brooklyn, look for Franklin Park, a spacious Prospect Heights bar. It has a deep, extra-secluded patio with over a dozen picnic tables. With free events like Friday deejays, Thursday readings and free music Tuesdays, it’s the perfect spot to vibe with your summer fling. 618 Johns place, between Franklin and Classon Aves., Brooklyn.