Bars with great light
The sunshine may even justify your hangover.
Tue Mar 22 2011
The Delancey's rooftop grove provides an ideal opportunity to booze while catching a few rays: Grab your gang, order a round of salt-rimmed margaritas ($8) from the machine, and park beside the pond for the best view of the bar's eclectic Lower East Side crowd. There's even a retractable rooftop cover, ensuring that not even a spring shower will force you into one of the cavernous rooms downstairs. 168 Delancey St between Attorney and Clinton Sts (212-254-9920, thedelancey.com)
This Greenpoint beer bar's well-curated lineup includes a crop of springy standouts perfect for ringing in the season. We like the 21st Amendment Bitter American, a hoppy extra-pale ale ($6). Deciding where to drink it is part of the fun. Indoor types can sidle up to the bar in the front room, outfitted with a shuffleboard table; folks in search of some vitamin D can book it to the sunny backyard. Claim a picnic table and blow through a few rounds of drunken quoits (a game similar to horseshoes) or perch yourself on one of the borough's best seats—a repurposed chairlift. 43 Franklin St between Calyer and Quay Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-383-5030, thediamondbrooklyn.com)
Located on the fringes of Soho, this bohemian-chic bar and caf's rustic sophistication will charm you immediately: Simple wooden tables and bookshelves loaded with curiosities are drenched in sunshine on bright days. Nab a seat on the wide antique brocade sofa and choose from a selection of mostly Italian wines. We like the Meloni vermentino salike ($9), a dry and crisp organic white with a light acidity that hails from co-owner Nicola Paganelli's homeland of Sardinia. Pair it with the Tagliata di Tonno, a sliced tuna steak with arugula and Parmesan ($18). 200 Mott St between Kenmare and Spring Sts (212-966-0904, epistrophycafe.com)
A wall of glinting floor-to-ceiling windows makes this often-crowded La Quinta Inn bar seem spacious, and the views of Manhattan—particularly the Empire State building—from fourteen floors up is even more jaw-slackening with a bottle of the Grimbergen Double ale ($6). If the throngs of people block your sunlight, just head out to the patio, decorated with a sprinkling of white Christmas lights, multicolored chairs and benches. 17 W 32nd St between Fifth Ave and Broadway (212-290-2460, mebarnyc.com)