Bloomin' Indoors & Out: The Best NYC Restaurants You Absolutely Must Visit This April

April showers may bring May flowers, but right now, we're just in the mood for some warmer, dryer weather. 

While we're psyched that the trees and flowers have begun to bloom, we'd like it a hell of a lot more if we could admire it without getting wet or spiking our allergies. 

Luckily for you, we've found a solid bunch of restaurants that will get you in the mood for Springtime and give you the garden dining experience without the cold, wet weather.

These restaurants will let in whatever rays of sunlight manage to seep through the rainclouds, while providing you with some delicious, creative dishes. 

Better yet, most of these excellent restaurants are are bedecked in greenery and florals, bringing the outside to you. 

Here are the 7 NYC restaurants you absolutely must visit this April.

Salinas (136 9th Avenue)


If you're looking for a warm, yet beautiful restaurant that will make you forget that you're dining indoors on a rainy April day, you need to try the innovative cooking and incredible decor at Salinas


Whether you're dining under their retractable roof or their elegant dining room adorned with flowers, you're in for a treat. 

They're serving up creative, mouthwatering Spanish cuisine that is certain to impress. Try the Cordero, or lamb tenderloin, caña de cabra (cheese), artichokes, and black truffles.

La Lanterna di Vittorio (129 MacDougal Street)

The trees are blooming, the temperatures are rising (marginally), and romance is in the air. If you really want to up your game, head to La Lanterna di Vittorio for one of the most romantic, delicious meals in New York City. 

Their garden dining area consists of a sunroom adorned with green climbing vines and beautiful patio accents while still indoors. The colorful lanterns that give La Lanterna di Vittorio its name offer dimmed lighting to increase the romantic ambiance. 

Pane E Vino (174 Smith Street - Brooklyn)

Don't you wish you could dine in a patio enclosed with glass roofs so you could eat comfortably while you take in the cool spring air and early blooming plants? We gotchu. Just head out to Pane E Vino in Brooklyn. 


Whether you want to dance to some live music, enjoy brunch with some friends, or have a romantic date, Pane E Vino is the place to be. 

The Park (118 10th Avenue)

No, we're not talking about the club scene at The Park, but their beautiful restaurant full of trees wrapped with lights, plants, and massive windows. 

Simply put, if you're still feeling stuck in the season of winter, hit up The Park for their ambiance, even if it's just for drinks. 

However, if you want a truly exceptional experience, head to The Park for dinner. We recommend their buffalo mozzarella with wood oven roasted tomatoes before your dinner of farm eggs with parmesan white polenta and pancetta. 


Palma (28 Cornelia Street)


Italian food under the stars surrounded by plants? Check. April's showers won't deaden your spirits in the indoor garden room under a glass veranda at Palma


Apart from the flower and greenery lined walls, the Italian cuisine at Palma is exceptional. 

Start with the tartare di tonno, or yellowfin tuna tartare with capers and avocado before trying their spaghetti all'Astice, or homemade spaghetti in a lobster sauce with cherry tomatoes, brandy, and a half a lobster. 

Maison Premiere (298 Bedford Avenue - Brooklyn)


If you like oysters and haven't been to Maison Premiere, then you're seriously missing out. As the weather warms up, and the rain stops falling, you need to check out their back patio during happy hour. 

Why during happy hour? Because they're offering up killer $1 oysters and insane cocktails. Head out Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. to get in on some oyster action. 

Pepe Giallo (253 10th Avenue)

Don't you just love hidden gems? Especially ones with enclosed gardens, incredibly Italian food, and $15 corkage? If you've answered yes to any of those questions, head to Pepe Giallo with a reservation for the back area of their restaurant. 


Start with the sauteed calamari with chopped tomato and black olives as an appetizer. Then try the gnocchi gorgonzola for a cheesy, delicious treat. Not a fan of gorgonzola? Try the rigatoni with salmon and mushrooms in a cream sauce.

Check out 9 Best Foods You Didn't Even Know You Could Get Delivered in NYC. 

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