Sunshine & Good Eats: Alfresco Dining Spots From BK to Manhattan

New York City's bustling restaurants are preparing to dazzle diners with gorgeous outside dining spaces all season long! I've handpicked beautiful patios and backyards to share a light bite or savory meal while enjoying some fresh air. Here are 8 locations for Al fresco dining this Spring, from Manhattan to Brooklyn.

The Springs is a Palm Springs inspired retro bar, lounge and massive patio located in Greenpoint at 224 Franklin St. Guests can come chill, soak up the sun and drink frozen Aperol Spritz cocktails on Monday - Friday beginning at 4pm and Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 2pm. On Fridays and Saturdays guests will be able to order small bites and Brioche Donuts from Eat with Nana NYC. The spot is also dog friendly as long as you keep a leash on your furry friend.

Cobble Fish, located on Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport, is a seasonally-opened dining and drinking destination serving up amazing seafood, summer cocktails and great vibes. The al fresco spot on the East River provides a hometown vibe complemented by everything we loved about NYC in the 90’s including the music. It’s a spot to meet friends over a delicious lobster roll, cold cocktail and water views.

Hidden Lane (129 E 15th) is a true hidden gem in Gramercy. It's known as a great after-work hangout spot complete with a picturesque garden, which is now open weather permitting, illuminated by beautifully lit trees and old New York City charm. The indoor space is accented with an ornate brass ceiling and an upstairs lounge with lounge seating, a cozy fireplace, and a separate bar area. Steps away from Gramercy Park, Hidden Lane is open from 4pm to 2am during weekdays and from 2pm to 3am on weekends.

Fornino, which has been an institution in NYC for nearly two decades in Brooklyn, has reopened its seasonal rooftop at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park on weekends to start with expanded days and hours of operations coming soon. You can also grab one of Chef Michael Ayoub’s wood-fired Neapolitan pies at this stunning spot for sunset or from its flagship location in Greenpoint or on the rooftop of Time Out Market in DUMBO.

Slate Rooftop (247 Metropolitan Ave) is a glorious outdoor oasis atop the POD Hotel Williamsburg reopening on Thursday, April 13th. With an amazing menu of shareable bites, frozen drinks and signature games including a Plinko Wall, Sub Soccer and Giant Jenga to play, there’s no shortage of fun in sight. Join in on the fun this month Thursday through Sunday, weather permitting, before days and hours are expanded in May with a Cinco de Mayo grand re-opening planned.

Ten Hope (10 Hope Street) in Williamsburg is a beautiful dining destination you don’t want to miss, and it will reopen the season with refreshed menus, decor and more the week of April 17th. The 2,500-square-foot vine-laced open-air patio has ample socially distanced seating in a green environment. This stunning spot serves Mediterranean dishes complimented by a fantastic menu of cocktails perfect for the coming season.

The secret Gigawatt Garden at Clinton Hall’s 230 E. 51st St. location inside the POD 51 Hotel has reopened to bring the fun to Midtown East with a buzzing Happy Hour scene and custom games like a beer-themed Word Wall and Bubble Hockey.

Life Rooftop is an alluring lounge and outdoor terrace perched 29 stories above Le Meridien New York that will reopen on Friday, April 14th, and offers guests the perfect vantage point to take in the city's energy and soaring views of Central Park. The rooftop lounge is the perfect gathering place offering a variety of drinks and culinary delights. Life Rooftop was designed to be the ultimate escape above it all, where you can relax, unwind and enjoy your day outdoors rain or shine.

Courtesy of Spencer Starnes

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